Ah Lek bak kut teh is one of the old Johor Bahru 老新山 brands of BKT. Ah Lek bak kut teh has been around for 43 years. The first 20 years in downtown JB, sharing the same charcoal stove as Ah Hua kway teow thng. And, the next 23 years here in Johor Jaya Teratai.
亚历肉骨茶是老新山一个四十多年历史的老字号. 有不少忠实的老顾客. 用的猪肉品质好, 很新鲜. 汤头用骨头熬的, 有浓浓的甜香味道. 还有微微的药材味和胡椒香. 肉煮了比一般的稍微结实一些, 不过有 qq 的, 很有趣的口感. 味道又鲜甜. 我没试过以前的亚历肉骨茶, 不过对现在的亚历肉骨茶我们喜欢. Johor Jaya, Jalan Teratai 2, 早市, 星期四&五休息.
Ah Lek's wife and two daughters run the shop now (Ah Lek, the founder has passed on). The shop still cook their bak kut teh and rice with charcoal just like during the old times.
Ah Lek is at the relatively quiet section of Taman Johor Jaya. Most of the customers here are regulars. The space in the corner shop is large and it is airy inside. Ah Lek used to have a substantial Singapore clientele when it was in old JB town. Over the years, some have reconnected with Ah Lek BKT even after it has shifted much further north from the Causeway.
Ah Lek BKT has die hard fans and folks who said that the brand has seen better days. This is the first time that I am eating Ah Lek bak kut teh.
We started with a mix bowl of pig tails and ribs (RM10).
The BKT broth is quite heavy bodied with a mainly porcine savoury and slight herbal notes. There is also a subtle peppery taste - the only one I came across in JB. I like this broth.
The pork is cooked a little stiff, giving the meat firmness and a bit of spring to the bite. Folks who like their pork soft and tender may find this too "hard". I like my pork tender but I also enjoyed this pork with a QQ mouth feel.
I like the gentle, natural porky sweet taste of Ah Lek's bak kut teh.
We enjoyed this BKT, so we ordered a second bowl of the same things i.e. tail and rib.
Same QQ bite with nice porky sweetness in a savoury broth with slight herbal notes and subtle pepperiness.
The obligatory salted vegetable (RM4) was ok, perhaps a bit flat tasting. I'll use that money to upsize my BKT order next time 😀
Our total bill came to RM26 plus rice and drink. Next time, I shall try Ah Lek's popular braised pork trotter as well.
3-Star (out of 5). One of my preferred bak kut teh shops in Johor. The heavy body broth is mainly savoury bone broth with gentle herbal and peppery notes. The fresh meat is relatively stiff but I like the firm springy bite and porky taste.
Restaurant name: Ah Lek Bak Kut Teh 亚历肉骨茶
Address: Jalan Teratai 2, Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°32'09.7"N 103°48'37.4"E | 1.536022, 103.810394
Hours: 8:30am to 2:00pm (Thurs & Fri off)
Date visited: 25 Oct 2016
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