I’ve got Bak Kut Teh on the brain again. Problems like trying to fit my entire Havaiana slipper collection into my luggage have been replaced by packing issues of another sort. Namely “Can I manage to squeeze in both mee suah and rice with my Bak kut teh without bursting? Is everybody watching, judging, laughing at me while I stuff my face?” Sadly, the answer could be yes, but I’ll just have to take my chances. Wouldn’t you, for a meal like this?
Like roti prata, a good herbal bak kut teh is ridiculously hard to find in Singapore. At a friend’s suggestion and the help of local food blogs, I found myself at Leong Kee in Geylang. It serves up a decent version – just need to be careful not to burn your tongue…
Still obsessed, I trawled the Internet until I came across Top 15 Bak kut teh places in and around the Klang Valley, Malaysia . Shivers ran down my spine picturing all those clay pots of mouth-watering herbal soups with succulent ribs and preserved vegetables, and suddenly I didn’t want to go anywhere but Malaysia. Unfortunately, I’m heading in a totally opposite direction but that won’t stop me eating as much as I can before I leave, savouring every mouthful like this:
One: Always drink the first mouthful of soup with some rice, the starch somehow enhances the soup’s full body and makes the herby flavours ‘pop’. After the first mouthful…repeat…
Two: Pork is must be dip, dipped into black sauce with chilli…followed by a spoonful of rice and soup. The sweet-saltiness of the sauce combined with the meat and fat create a sense of umami. It’s a taste that lingers on the tongue long after the morsel of meat has melted in the mouth…m…m…m…m…m..
The right kind of black sauce is thick and molasses-like, with hints of burnt caramel. Don’t accept any other.
Three: Variety is key. In true greedy girl fashion, I must have lots of sides dishes:
While this can’t beat anything you’ll find in Klang, I think Leong Kee is as good as it gets in Singapore. If you disagree, don’t be shy to tell me where there’s a better one….I have 5 more days here…
Leong Kee Klang Bak Kut Teh
251, Geylang Road (Beside Lor 11)