Kuala Lumpur - Bak Kut Teh (Pork-rib Herbal Soup) at Jalan Ipoh
Trekked to this part of Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur which is a largely Chinese enclave, wedged between the Malay/Indonesian Chow Kit area and the mainly Indian Sentul district.
One of Jalan Ipoh's dining icons is undoubtedly Ban Lee, which specializes in Hokkien-style Bak Kut Teh (pork-rib herbal soup). The version I tried here was a light soup, with a fragrant herbal aroma. The pork-ribs (the owner will ask if you prefer the more fatty or leaner cuts) certainly had a bite to them. Served in a claypot, the rich, flavorsome soup also contained golden-needle mushrooms, button mushrooms, "foo chok" (Chinese bean-sheets), and lettuce. One can also order golden-fried Chinese crullers or “yau char kuay” (油炸鬼) to dunk into the soup.
Chopped raw garlic, ultra-spicy bird's-eye chillis and dark/light soy sauces are available on the side as condiments/dips. Yummy-licious, and a good alternative to the ones in Klang town (Malaysia's Bak Kut Teh "mecca").
Restoran Ban Lee (next to Dynasty Hotel)
222, Jalan Ipoh / Batu 2
52100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-4045 3009
Looks yummy! Nice report, thanks for the read.
I like the "lighter taste" myself, over the full-blown blow-your-socks-off-intense herbal taste (most of the time); but also still don't quite go for all the other stuff (at least not all at the same time) in the same pot of soup+ribs. Maybe on the side.
There are more BKT places and yet more shops to check out on Ipoh Road, hint hint... :-)
Oh yes, huiray, I remembered now that you provided some BKT suggestions for Ipoh Rd in this thread:
The one I'd like to try next time is the "Under the Big Trees" on Jalan Kangsar, off Jalan Ipoh, towards Sentul.
I also passed by Son In BKT restaurant yesterday, but it's closed at lunch-time.