Stopped by for lunch at this crystal Ba Ku Teh Restaurant (Though name should be Bak Kut Teh) in Malaysia.
On the outside, the place is quite old and the restaurant is located in one corner of this place which makes it not easy to find this place.
The seats are quite spacious with available walk space but it cannot hold too many people as it is still a small restaurant with few tables
For service, you will be served as soon as you enter the restaurant and when you start to order the food while food is served to you in a fast manner too. But for refill part, you will first need to get the attention of the waiter or waitress there before they will give you a refilled soup served in a bowl.
The food over there is cheap consider eating it in Singapore (and I am already in Malaysia) and ofcourse the taste is much better than most of the Bak Kut Teh selling in Singapore.
The Bak Kut Teh selling over here is those Cantonese/Hokkien style ones where they put medicinal herbs / Soy sauce (Darker colored soup) to enhance the taste and strengthen your health.
This dish is being served using those porcelain bowls, the color of the soup base is of a darker color either by the use of herbs only or added a bit of soy sauce.
Soup taste: There is strong yet not over-powering taste of herbal (If you like stronger taste, this is not for you) and it is not salty to drink it alone. The good part is that you can ask for more soup (They put give it to you in another bowl) if you feel you are drinking not enough of it.
Meat taste: Maybe they added new ribs together with some old ones so the meat is not give you the same tender bite. Some are quite hard and some are just nice which meat come off easily when you bite it off the bone.
Side Dish: Mei Cai and Fried Fritters (You Tiao)
Older people and some youngster should loves to eat this Mei Cai as it is a bit salty yet not too soft and sticky (Due to over cooked). This goes very well with rice or porridge and ofcourse eaten together with Bak Kut Teh.
As for Fried Fritters or what we called You Tiao, there is nothing special about it as they are cold, soft when they are served to us. I would prefer it to be grilled over some charcoal to make it crispy one the outside and soft on the inside. Ofcourse hot/warm when it is being served to us on the table.
These You Tiao is great when they are dipped inside the soup of Bak Kut Teh before eaten as it is able to soak up the soup making it like a soup bag.
There are more dishes as shown:
Notice: Try not to use their toilet as it is about the same as those older coffeeshop toilet in Singapore.
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Date of Food Review: 1st January 2012
Location is as follow:
Jalan Lumba Kuda Bukit Cagar
80300 Johor Bahru