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Bak Kut Teh in Los Angeles?

princessdurian Jul 18, 2012 03:21 PM

Am new to the area and have been loving the food out here, but am at a loss as to where I can find a good bak kut teh in the area. Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance!!!

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    bulavinaka RE: princessdurian Jul 18, 2012 03:29 PM

    Seems just about every good-sized hawker center has bak kut teh in Malaysia. My first time was in Malacca; my last was in Petaling Jaya. The bummer is Malaysian and Singaporean cuisines are scant here. I haven't been in a long time but it might be worth calling Yasmin in Alhambra. They're Malaysian Chinese so they don't fear the pig.

    1. J.L. RE: princessdurian Jul 18, 2012 05:58 PM

      I'm searching L.A. for this myself... No luck on my side so far...

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        dreamcast18 RE: princessdurian Jul 18, 2012 06:05 PM

        i believe Phoenix serves them..had not tried it. We usually make them ourselves.

        1. Chandavkl RE: princessdurian Jul 18, 2012 06:47 PM

          I think I saw it on the menu at Js House in Temple City, but I have no idea if it's any good.

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            J.L. RE: Chandavkl Jul 18, 2012 10:24 PM

            Times like these, I wish we had a L.A. version of Singapore's vaunted Makansutra to give us wandering palates some guidance.

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            Bradbury RE: princessdurian Jul 20, 2012 10:13 PM

            Little Malaysia in El Monte does a decent Bak Kut Teh (and an even better Char Kway Teow). I think Penang in West Covina serves it too, but I was so disappointed on my first visit there that I never went back to find out.

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              bulavinaka RE: Bradbury Jul 21, 2012 06:08 AM

              We used to go to Little Malaysia somewhat regularly, but it's been years since our last visit. The last few trips there were disappointing so we stopped going. I think our last time was '07 - long time ago. Should we give them another try?

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                Bradbury RE: bulavinaka Jul 21, 2012 10:34 AM

                We don't go as regularly as we used to, either - maybe 3 times a year. Some dishes there are reliably good, others a bit more hit-and-miss. The waitstaff (siblings, I think) are very friendly and helpful, so if you go back, just ask them candidly what's especially good these days and hopefully they'll point you in the right direction.

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