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Jul 18, 2012 03:21 PM

Bak Kut Teh in Los Angeles?

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

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

        1. 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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          1. re: Chandavkl

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

          2. 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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            1. re: Bradbury

              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?

              1. re: bulavinaka

                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.