I was looking for dinner at the Johor Jaya area when I stumbled upon ABC Bak Kut Teh stall 天香來肉骨茶 in Fong Yem Coffee Shop.
As I was alone, I ordered my favourite way of eating bak kut teh - pig tail in bak kut teh broth with you char kueh. Pig tail because it has the best combination of bone, meat, fat and skin for me :-D
The lady boss asked if I like Enokitake mushrooms with my bak kut teh, and I went along with her suggestion.
I like ABC's bak kut teh broth served bubbling hot in a claypot as it was well balanced between mildly savoury, sweet and herbal flavours - none of the flavours overpowered any of the others. The broth had just the right medium body which was deliciously drinkable. It was also not overly greasy.
The pig tail had a good combination of bone, meat, fat and skin. Done perfectly, I could taste the natural sweetness of the pork, especially in the tender bouncy fat.
Oh.. the Enokitake or "golden needle mushrooms" were delicious with a nice soft crunch.
As usual, you char kueh works perfectly with bak kut teh broth. Sponging up the bak kut teh broth, you char kueh dripping with BKT is better than YCK or BKT broth could ever be by themselves alone.
After deciding to blog about ABC bak kut teh, I was back the next evening to taste more dishes.
We had one serving of pork ribs. The bak kut teh broth was again great. The pork ribs were chopped into short stubby pieces and the slightly firm meat fell off the bone easily with a little bite. (Not marshmallow soft.)
We had one "combination" serving with small intestines, liver, kidney and belly pork. Every thing inside including the broth was done well and delicious.
Pork stomach cut into thick spongy ribbons and cooked in a peppery broth.
Nice soft tofu bathed in a house made sauce with savoury minced pork.
All the above food during our second visit including drinks (home made herbal tea) costs RM35.
The boss, Kent hails from Ipoh. He learnt his bak kut teh trade in Kuala Lumpur in 1994 and brought it to Johor Bahru (at Hong Kong Boy coffee shop in Johor Jaya). Initially, business was slow as JB people prefer milder flavours than KL folks. Kent fine tuned his bak kut teh until he got the balance which JB people appreciate. Kent now has disciples running ABC brand bak kut teh stalls, one in Taman Gaya (JB) and one in
I shall be back to try ABC's vinegar pork knuckles 豬腳薑 and curry pork ribs which Kent highly recommends. ABC's pork tail is a dish which I will be back for, for the taste of the perfectly done pig tail and ABC's delicious herbal bak kut teh broth.
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Restaurant name: ABC Bak Kut Teh stall in Fong Yem Coffee Shop 天香來肉骨茶
Address: 5, Jalan Dedap 13, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia (opposite RHB bank and The Toast cafe)
Hours: 4:00pm till 10:00pm (closed on alternate Weds)
Date visited: 29 Nov 2015, 30 Nov 2015
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