Bah Kut Teh
Typhoon’s coming in the Philippines… it’s gonna be another cold, gray violent night… There’s just one food I want to eat at this time… It’s Bah Kut Teh Time!
I often hear the BKT yum yum word in Plurk, Twitter, Facebook and Shout Out Lounge.Â I have many Malaysian and Singapore friends and they are all talking about it in their status updates.Â So I was curious and this food is number 1 in my to-taste list when I travelled all the way to Malaysia.
September 13, 2009 on a beautiful and sunny Sunday morning.Â Three guys and a girl went to Klang to brunch at the BKT place.Â I swear they should have named that street BKT street because lined up just on that street were all BKT restaurants!Â In fact, they should name the whole town BKT because the restaurants there are full and we had to transfer and look for some dry BKT on another part of the city.Â Itâ€™s Bah Kut Teh everywhere!!!
Itâ€™s Malaysiaâ€™s Bulalo.
Thatâ€™s one way I could describe the taste of BKT.Â It is served in many different ways and the taste and ingredients vary depending on which restaurants you go in.
Generally, itâ€™s like the Philippinesâ€™ Bulalo but instead of using beef, they use pork in it.Â The soup tastes salty-sweet and the sweetness comes from the pork.Â I am not sure what spices they use to add some accent to the flavour of the soup but it surely got my tumtum happy XD
They served the rice with fried garlic!Â Their garlic tasted quite different and it had a more sweet and mild flavor which is just about right for me.Â Perhaps itâ€™s the cut of the garlic.Â It was thinly sliced and not diced!
nomnom-ing Bah Kut Teh
I actually expected this dish to be spicy.Â I expected everything in Malaysia to be spicy!Â But itâ€™s notâ€¦ BUT!!! You can put sliced chili on it, or on your rice if you want to add a little excitement to it!
Itâ€™s best served with Teaâ€¦ hot tea!Â The tea they got for me was Jasmine tea.Â Love it!
Alvin Chew â€“ Tea master
This meal is a sure winner! and with three gentlemen serving the BKT, Tea, and Char Kway (dunno the spelling lol) there’s nothing else to describe this meal I had but PERFECT!Â Thanks guys! Be sure to visit Manila and I take you to Bulalo house ^_^