Actually, we were already done for the day's heavy bout of food hunting and our stomachs were full when we passed by Lai Hing bak kut teh (which locals know as Sam Mei 三美). I've not seen a bak kut teh shop so crowded before (other than Johor's Kiang Kee 强记).
Full as we were, with a crowd like this. we just couldn't leave Port Klang without trying Sam Mei 三美 bak kut teh.
Not surprisingly, every table was already taken. But, we found a small table for two just next to the serving station which the thirsty staff used to put their refreshments. We asked if we could sit there, and was graciously given permission.
From here, we could see the frenetic action at the steamy serving station :-D
Lai Hing (Sam Mei 三美) serves the full range of kawan 脚弯 (elbow), sai kuat 小骨 (hind trotter), tai kuat 大骨 (shank), ribs, soft ribs 软骨, pork belly 五花肉, lean meat, and intestines. They also have chicken feet.
From the serving station, the youthful, second generation lady boss Ms 黄丽甜 commands the whole bustling shop with a quiet calm of a seasoned orchestra conductor with her baton.
Ms 黄 twirls that chopstick, wields the chopper blade and ladle so swiftly and deceptively effortlessly that she is like a genius drummer behind her
Lai Hing (Sam Mei 三美)'s bak kut teh broth is golden brown and strained before serving to customers.
We ordered a sai kuat 小骨 (hind trotter).
After trying many bak kut teh shops, my favourite cuts are sai kuat 小骨 (and pig tails).
Lai Hing (Sam Mei 三美)'s sai kuat has a bit more chew and stiffness to the bite than most other BKT shops.
Lai Hing (Sam Mei 三美)'s BKT broth is chiefly savoury with slight sweet and herbal notes. The taste profile reminds me of Kulai's Sze Hwa 世华 BKT but with heavier body from dissolved collagen.
If you are a fan of Sze Hwa BKT's broth, Lai Hing is the fat, heavy cousin :-P
We couldn't eat any more heavy pork dishes, so we opted for the "lighter" chicken feet :-D
The chicken feet were braised to crumbly softness and we can strip the wrinkly skin from the bones like loose frumpy clothes. The spongy Chinese black mushrooms added a layer of woodsy savouriness which I liked.
Our total bill for the sai kuat, chicken feet and a drink came to RM20 altogether.
👍 Lai Hing (Sam Mei 三美)'s bak kut teh is mainly savoury and is less herbal or sweet than other top ranked Klang BKT. Looking at the 爆篷 roof bursting Friday morning crowd, 三美 has the votes of the locals. Actually, when we stopped a passerby for directions along a dusty street in Pandamaran and asked where is the legendary Mo Sang Kor BKT, he replied "Oh, that's the small one beside 三美".
Restaurant name: Lai Hing (Sam Mei) Bak Kut Teh 三美肉骨茶
Address: Jalan Chan Ah Choo, Pandamaran, Port Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
GPS: 3.009579, 101.417157 / 3°00'34.5"N 101°25'01.8"E
Tel: +6012 369 5553 | +6016 926 8365
Hours: 7:30am to 11:30am (1st and 3rd Mondays off)
Date visited: 10 Jun 2016
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