You know what? There are times when you feel like dressing up, all glam and whatnot…and then there are times when you just want to throw on the ratty T-shirt that has been hiding at the back of your closet and put on pants that will put all adults to shame. During such moments, you will want to go to a less-judgmental-more-loud-chatters kind of place.
Mum loves Bak Kut Teh while I am indifferent when it comes to BKT. One of the popular Bak Kut Teh place at Setapak/Gombak area is at Restoran Chuan Kee, Jalan Genting Klang. The price is pretty reasonable. For a 2 pax BKT, tofupok, and Vinegar Pork Trotter, 2 normal sized plate of rice and 1 smaller portion of rice, it cost roughly around RM60.
Even after living in KL for more than a decade, I still prefer Johor BKT over KL. I remember the first time I had BKT in KL after moving here. That was my first “culture shock”. Why? Because they don’t serve salted vegetables here. In Johor, I always eat the salted vege and at that time, I made my decision on what makes a good BKT place based on the quality of the salted vege. Anyway, after years of not having salted vegetables to go with my BKT, I have accepted the difference.
You know how people always said that their mum’s cooking is the best? Well, there is actually a basis for that since Mums always seasoned the food according to the preference of their little hellions. Same goes for mine. I like the VPT that my Mum made because she would cook it according to my preference which is a strong vinegar-y sourish with a sweet undertaste. The meat should be tender and succulent, and cooked long enough for the taste to enter (“ru wei”?)
My experience with store bought VPT has not been good. The last VPT I ate outside barely has any vinegar taste.
The VPT from Chuan Kee, however, is pretty good. There is a noticeably vinegar taste. While it is not as strong as what I prefer, it is still acceptable.
PS : Vinegar Pork Trotter is actually a very nutritious dish especially if you are in confinement. Just throw in a few slices of ginger and you are good to go. Oh! A double benefit is that pork trotter is filled with collagen. In case you are wondering why Chinese people always look younger than their age*?
*no scientific proof. just one of the old wives tales.
Address: 90, Jalan 2/23a, Taman Danau Kota, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Phone: 016-376 3537
<I think they are closed on Monday and between 3pm and 6pm of other days>