Thursday, 11 October 2018

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

阿龍肉骨茶 Ah Loong Klang Bak Kut Teh stall has been appearing on social media within days of opening in 2.8 Food Centre (coffee shop) in Taman Mount Austin. So, I went to try lo 😄

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

I made one round around the coffee shop but couldn't find Ah Loong Bak Kut Teh the first time. It was hidden in a corner inside the coffee shop on the left side.

But don't let the humble looking stall fool you. The boss, Ah Loong comes with stellar Klang bak kut teh credentials.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

You see, Ah Loong is the great grandson of Lee Boon Teh 李文地 who is credited as the creator of Klang style bak kut teh in 1940s Port Klang (Port Swettenham). Ah Loong's mother is the grand daughter of Lee Boon Teh. Lee Boon Teh's descendants now run dozens of Klang bak kut teh shops throughout Malaysia and Singapore. Ah Loong worked in several bak kut teh shops before coming to JB. 

JB is no less a bak kut teh city than Klang, and perhaps more so than KL, and definitely more than Malacca, Ipoh and Penang.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

Various cuts of cooked pork in the pot. There's kar wan 脚弯 (elbow joint), tua kut 大骨 (shank and shoulder joint), bak kut 肉骨 (meat bone), pai kut 排骨 (ribs), pork belly, and offal like intestines. Tell Ah Loong the cut you want and he will finish it with either bak kut teh stock or fry it depending on whether you ordered the soup or dry version. In Malaysia, the default cut is bak kut 肉骨 (meat bone). Generally, bak kut 肉骨 is my least preferred cut as there may be jagged bones with not much of meat or fat. 

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh

On my first visit to 阿龍肉骨茶, I ordered the elbow joint 脚弯, a signature cut of Klang bak kut teh (price RM15).

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh

I know...., the look of that fat frightens a lot of people.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh

But, the elbow joint has the best combination of lean meat, fat, tendon and skin. Different textures, different degrees of tender softness. Slight variations of natural porky sweetness undergirded by gentle savoury sweet herbalness infused from the braising stock.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh

Yup, the medium body brown stock was exactly like those at those Lee Boon Teh related bak kut teh shops in Klang - smooth well balanced gently savoury sweet with mild herbal aftertaste - quintessentially Klang BKT stock.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

I came back for Ah Loong's dry bak kut teh the next day 😄 (Price RM17.)

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

I wasn't sure what cut to order, so I just went for cham cham (mix of lean and fatty cuts).

The pork was tender and juicy. It was well coated and infused with dark sauce which tasted quite robust - it was well balanced savoury sweet with a bit of spicy heat from dried chili. Tiny slivers of dried cuttlefish added a bit of layered savouriness to the dish.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

A puddle of oil pooled at the bottom of the pot. Mix this aromatic grease into your rice, if you like it. Leave it alone, if you don't like too much grease 😄

Overall, it was a nice dry bak kut teh.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

Went back for a third day, this time for the "big bone" 大骨 cut (pork shank and shoulder bone). Ah Loong cut up the big bone and made two pots of bak kut teh with it for us - a soup and a dry one. I think that it was a great idea. Everything here for RM32.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

Doesn't look very pretty but oh... I love this. This time, the taste of Chinese cooking wine 绍兴酒 was more pronounced in the savoury sweet spicy sauce. I like the fats, skin and tender lean meat from the "big bone".

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh in JB @ 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin 阿龍肉骨茶

Lots of tender lean meat with some fat and skin in this pot of savoury sweet herbal bak kut teh.

Authentic Klang Bak Kut Teh

👍 These were only my first three visits to 阿龍肉骨茶, so they were just appetisers. They were exactly what Klang bak kut teh tasted like from my experience.

Read about the 10 Klang bak kut teh shops which I have tried in Klang 👈 click

 2.8 Food Centre Mount Austin

Restaurant name: 阿龍肉骨茶 (stall in 2.8 Food Centre)
Address: 67, Jalan Mutiara Emas 2A, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru
GPS1°33'11.8"N 103°47'06.0"E 🌐 1.553265, 103.785004
Hours: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Non Halal



Date visited: 11 - 13 Oct 2018


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5 comments:

  1. Will definitely go and try this new Klang Bak Kut Teh.....

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  2. Alan Mak said on Johor Kaki FB: "Honestly, it taste horrible. I tried it yesterday. They didn’t gave you spare ribs but more of bones. The worst Bak Kut Teh I’m eaten in my life😤"

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    1. If you go there again, tell Ah Loong you want ribs.

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  3. I just patronised the place this morning. Meh .. I am from Klang so Bak Kut Teh is in my blood. The Soft bone texture was decent but the freshness of the meat could be an issue . The soup is so so with too much of a tinge of sourness in the end

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  4. I don't recommend this stall. The soup is flavourful but has a thick layer of oil and the quality of spare ribs isn't fresh. And the rice could use better quality grains...it was coarse and unfragrant. Overall, too oily and my stomach feels uneasy after the meal.

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