Klang…the holy place for Bah Kut Teh, the place where Bah Kut Teh was founded, the place which has worst road condition (you will know why soon), the place that I loved and hoped to live just because of it’s Bah Kut Teh.
In my last trip down to Kuala Lumpur for Christmas holidays, I decided to visit Pandamaran, a small town in Klang which boast 2 great Bah Kut Teh stalls, which 1 of them is Ah Her Bah Kut Teh. Since I am traveling from Sungai Petani, I timed myself well. I MUST reach Pandamaran by 5PM, or hell will break through.
Reasons? I had heard too many stories saying that Ah Her will be super crowded if you arrive anytime after 5.30PM, and I myself know well that if I were want to enter Klang after working hours, I might be stuck in jam for hours! Besides, since I had totally no idea where is Pandamaran, or how to go there, and I am only armed with my iPhone with PapagoM6 installed in it, it might take me sometime to actually find the place.
Hence, I started my journey at 12PM from Sungai Petani, all the way down…..to my holy place – Klang.
Stopping only once for pee and a light lunch, and with little cars on the road, great GPS, I reach in front of Ah Her Bah Kut Teh at around 4.30PM.
Since they only start business at 5.00PM, we waited in the car until 4.45PM. At this time, the stall is still…..very empty.
While waiting, we had some tea. Tea is essential while having Bah Kut Teh man, as it is believed being able to dilutes or dissolves the copious amount of fat consumed in it.
At around 4.55PM, we order our portion, and it arrive in just a while, all thanks to there ain’t much customer….yet!
The rice served is oily rice, which is very fragrant and flavorful even if u just eat it by itself.
Unlike many other place, the Bah Kut Teh here does not come with 1 big claypot. Instead, it come with small bowls with the cuts you order. From what I read, it seems this is how the original Bah Kut Teh looks like.
And well, since we are having Bah Kut Teh, which means pork ribs tea, of course I must order pork ribs! However, it’s a total let down, and I still hold on my stand that I hate pork ribs in Bah Kut Teh. Reason is the meat ain’t that tender and it’s a bit tasteless to me.
However, no the hell way I am saying Ah Her Bah Kut Teh is bad, no way! It’s now top in my list of the best soup Bah Kut Teh I had ever tried. Only the ribs were a let down, but the ‘dai kuat’ (big bone) taste awesome! The meat is super tender and soft, and taste much much better, more flavorful and more porkish (is that a a word? seems not lol).
The same goes to ‘sai kuat’ (small bone), which is just as wonderful. Although these two big and small bones come with the more fatty pork skin, but well, this is how one should eat pork. The skin and fat certainly makes the meat taste so so much better. Lean meat is for pussies! Fark the fat, fark the calorie, I can workout later…..yes….I will….well, yea, I think I wil…..
3 serving is just not enough for me and LY, I just couldn’t have enough of it. Bar with me, ALL Bah Kut Teh in Sungai Petani SUCKS! Yes, they all sucks! No matter how deep my craving for Bah Kut Teh is, I still won’t find those that sold at my hometown nice. Every single time I went for those Bah Kut Teh in Sungai Petani, it just lead me to hate it more.
Hence, we order another serving, but this time it’s ain’t pork, but chicken feet. It taste awesome too as the chicken feet is cooked to really really tender and taste super nice!
Oh, and you might notice too, man the soup is so little?! How can you call that Bah Kut Teh?
Or you might had heard wonderful stories that if you ever asked for extra soup in most of Bah Kut Teh shops in Klang, you will get scolded.
But before you try to get annoyed, or scold them being arrogant or whatever, let me tell you something.
It’s not because they are proud, or stingy (since it’s only water), it’s because they care about the quality of their soup. Why do I say so?
See the pot over there? No, the pot behind the kettle. Did you see that it’s fully stuff with meat in it? Yes, that’s it. They did not cook extra soup, add extra water so that they have more soup.
The soup in the pot is all they have. The water added is only enough to cover the meat when it was cooked. So how do you expect them to give you extra soup? If they were to give, by the time the soup is dried up, they will still have 3/4 pot of meat unable to sell!
It’s all about quality and not quantity, and hence the soup here is super tasty and it’s very condensed, come with great aroma and flavor. Unlike most other Bah Kut Teh, where the soup is so damned watery!
So before you curse them to the mad because you get scolded for asking extra soup, or complaining that the soup is so little, think of how the dish is cooked first. How can you expect your condensed milk taste the same if you add loads of water to it?
However, there’s a way for asking for extra soup without being scolded or ignored. Order an extra serving of rice, and they will give you extra soup, still spoonful worth of soup though.
The crowd started to grow while we having our meal, and this is the crow at 5.30PM. So expect to stand and wait for a seat if you come late, or worse, was told that the Bah Kut Teh are sold off!
It’s still simply the best soup version of Bah Kut Teh that I had tried, but I do think that, there might be some room of improvement to make the meat even more tasty….am I being ridiculous? 9.2/10
Total Damage: RM38 for 2 person
Operating Hours: 5.00PM till sold out (around 7PM maybe)
Location: Jalan Polis, Pandamaran, Klang (if you got a GPS, just search for the Police station of Pandamaran). The stall is located at a long stretch of hawker food along the road, nearby to Public Bank and Toto.