If you think of Chinatown, you’d probably be thinking about Chinese New Year house decorations, bak kua as well as the other delectable food items for the festive occasion. However, I recently found another reason to head down to the area!
It’s not often that we hear of authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh, what’s more say DRY BAK KUT TEH?! Located at the first floor of People’s Park Centre and facing Ya Kun, Kee Hiong is a restaurant that is known for their authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh.
Upon stepping into the restaurant, you’ll realize that it is a fuss-free and simple environment. The newspaper cutouts on the walls suggest the different food items that you should definitely order at the restaurant, so be sure to take a look! 🙂
A look at their menu and you’ll find that their prices are actually pretty affordable, although it is still a restaurant on its own.
If you prefer the soup version of BKT, this dish would be for you. The sweetness of the soup comes from the use of dates and wolfberries, without any addition of sugar or MSG. It’s light herbal taste from the use of 16 different herbs is a far cry from the typical BKT laden with truckloads of pepper which usually ends up coating our throats.
You honestly can’t go wrong with this dish. I absolutely enjoyed the oozing of sauces with each bite of the taupok and the crunch of the enoki mushroom. A great side to go with your Dry Bak Kut Teh, i’d say!
Yet another safe dish for all those who love their greens 😛 The lettuce served was crunchy and fresh. Ps i’m even wondering if they planted the seeds themselves!
This is what I mean by one of those un-safe dishes. It’s definitely not something that everyone would want to eat. However, for those who fancy feet, more specifically, Chicken feet, this is the dish for you! Both the skin and the meat were chewy and tender. The Chicken Feet is slightly more marinated and therefore more flavourful as compared to your typical Chicken Feet bought at your dimsum stores at Kopitiams.
One of Kee Hiong’s recommend dish to order, the restaurant only sells 8-12 bowls daily due to the limited portions that they are able to attain from the market. You should definitely head there early if you’re looking for some tender and juicy thigh meat! The meat was also extremely easy to tear off.
You know what they say… leave the best for the last. 🙂 Kee Hiong’s Dry Bak Kut Teh was my favourite out of the whole table of food! Although it was my first time having a dry version of BKT, it was simply addictive. Consisting of additional ingredients such as lady’s finger, dried chilli and dried cuttlefish, a different dimension of flavour is added to this dish. The attention to details boil all the way down to the seasonings- the sweet soya sauce used is imported from Malaysia as the chefs strongly believe that Malaysia’s sweet soya sauce tastes a whole lot more flavourful than Singapore’s.
To start off, the meat was both soft and tender. (I honestly think that you’ll find that the meat in their dishes are all cooked to an extent that you can easily peel it off the bones. Secondly, the spiciness packed a punch. 😛 The chefs were also generous with the amount of sauce as the sauce literally coats every single part of each portion of meat.
Apart from the physical restaurant, Kee Hiong is also on UberEats, Deliveroo and Honestbee from 1100 AM to 2100 PM. So if you’re craving some delicious Dry Bak Kut Teh and you’re feeling a little too cozy to head out, you know what to do!
KEE HIONG BAK KUT TEH
Address: 101 Upper Cross Street, #01-05L People’s Park Centre, 058357
Nearest MRT: Chinatown
Tel: 6532 0380
Opening Hours: 1100-2030 daily