Over here in Penang, we are experiencing heavy rain in the evenings. It is really God sent because almost all the green field have turned an ugly brown and roads are getting dusty. Now, I can almost feel the grass and the trees dancing in the rain and absorbing all the rain water they can get.
During the hot weather, we eat cooling foods. Now that it is cooler, it is time for boiling hot bak kut teh.
On cold, wet evening like these, boiling hot herbal soup is not enough. We Penangites who are used to hot stuffs love more zing in our foods. So, we gladly welcome the Klang Bak Kut Teh in Penang.
I have never been to Klang and certainly do not know if Klang dry bak kut teh is like this. Yet, I love the dry bak kut teh because it is a little bit like kung-po but this is packed with okra, dried squids (those worm like things you see are squids), soya bean skin and all kinds of pork.
Usually, if my whole family goes out, we will order a portion of dry bak kut teh and a portion of normal soup bak kut teh. You can actually cook bak kut teh at home. (recipe for bak kut teh and recipe for yam rice) However, it is much more convenient to have bak kut teh outside because you get unlimited soup.
Nowadays, most bak kut teh stalls sell other dishes. We ordered the mantis prawns stir fry with salted eggs. This stall cook it differently. They even put in the white part of the eggs. Initially we thought the whitish pieces are garlic but it is actually egg white.
My sons like this Guinness Stout chicken. It has a sweetish taste and absolutely no alcohol flavour. Just a flavourful, maybe malty taste.
What is bak kut teh without all the yau char kwai, chillies and garlic? Plus the dark soya sauce and light soya sauce. Some people like yam rice but I prefer white rice.
I think Klang Bak Kut Teh is one of those few rare foods that Penangites love. Most other hawker foods can’t equalize the tastiness of Penang foods but bak kut teh passed the test.
The above bak kut teh is from Xi Liu Xiang Klang Bak Kut Teh which is located along Jalan Gottlieb, opposite New Bob Centre. There are other bak kut teh stalls but most sell only the soup type. I had blogged about the Bak Kut Teh near Penang Hill. I think my favourite one is Keat Bak Kut Teh where Chung Ling School is.