In Klang, there are plenty of bak kut teh (BKT) joints, abundance of them at each section of Klang and you probably need a few set of fingers to count them all. It is the place to go if you are going to have some authentic flair. It is after all the birth place of the legendary dish. The birth place may be controversial but we Malaysians do take pride of our local foods as much as the folks at down south.
Some of these BKT joints are in a class of their own while some are just filling up the spillover. Some will be flooded with (loyal and new) customers during peak hours and/or at all times while some are hoping for better crowd from time to time to cover their cost.
Joining the top group is Restoran Mo Sang Kor. Or maybe this shop is in a class of its own now. Anyway, it started out in a single shop lot but with customers bursting out of it over the years, it has extended to another lot. The owners are a friendly lot… when they are free but I can’t guarantee that when the restaurant is packed with hungry customers. Not sure whether it was timing or pure luck, the restaurant was just half filled when I was there on Saturday morning, 9am. But don’t take my word for it. Go early or risk having sold out completely…
The rules of engagement is simple. Grab a table, choose your tea (or bring your own) and order your favourite cut such as the rib, soft bones, the leg and/or lean meat. Whilst it may sound simple and straightforward, patience is perhaps the key factor to dine at this restaurant.
This is due to the fact that at the work station lies only one or two large pot at a time. If your favourite cut is not available, then you’re out of luck… or you have to wait for the next fresh pot (from the kitchen). The time span to wait to be served may vary but let’s just say that waiting for 30 minutes or more is pretty much norm here.
Here, they serve by bowl per portion. Some may like it and some may prefer the all-in-one claypot style. But the purists may detest at the sight of claypot for such legendary dish. But then again, it’s debatable amongst experts. Each portion starts from RM9 onwards and it is filled with your favourite cuts.
In the same bowl, you will realise that it is filled with probably one third of herbal broth. Asking for more broth is perhaps an unspoken taboo because as I mentioned previously, each pot has that much of broth only and they are really limited. Or else, how do you supposed to get such thick, savoury slurp-worthy porky broth if weren’t for the precise measurements?
The meat has probably gone through hours of slow simmering in the herbal broth and lifting off from its bone is effortless. The rice is perhaps something they could improve on as I was served with white rice and they were slightly lumpy/mushy.
So… how do they fare? Well… it is hard to compare them with the ones (here) I usually go to. But for the quality broth itself, despite its really limited quantity, this definitely wins hands down.
41, Jalan Bangau,
GPS Coordinates: 3.060285, 101.464983