Date visited: 14th September
If you ever come to Malaysia, Bah Kut Teh is a must try food as it is one of the signature dishes loved by many and a lot people crave for. Bah Kut Teh simply means ‘Meat Bone Tea’ in Hokkien dialect, mainly because the soup base itself is cooked for a period of time using mainly bones of pig as well as a variety of Chinese herbs.
Bah Kut Teh has a long line of history having itself originated and created by the poorer Hokkien people who used to do heavy duty work by the harbours in West Malaysia. In the olden days, these group of Hokkien people would gather together and cook this dish in a big claypot using bones of pig and then consume it together with white rice. This was quite an economical way as they could keep the soup for days and the taste of it gets even better as the sweetness of the bones blends with the soup. As time goes by, Bah Kut Teh have been slowly commercialised and we put in different pork meats and even seafood as well to serve as dishes. Seafood Bah Kut Teh is the specialty of Sandakan City in Sabah state as seafood is readily available there and cheap as well.
Tonight, I have decided to bring my girlfriend to try out Yu Kee Bah Kut Teh in KK as it is comparable or even better than the famous Klang Bah Kut Teh in West Malaysia. Having been to this joint many times before, I knew that I would have to go there early to avoid big crowds even though it was a weekday. We arrived there around 6.30pm and to my expectations, the place was almost full and there were only a few empty tables left when we arrived.
One particular thing you might notice are the mini tea cups and tea pot served in this place and cutleries are served in hot water, somehow it is more for the purpose of cleanliness as cutleries in these coffee shop places might not be thoroughly washed sometimes.
Before proceeding with the food pictures, I would like to apologise beforehand with the crappy pictures as we were too hungry and didn’t really make an effort in taking the best angle, hope you all don’t mind! After we have ordered our food, it took hardly even 5 minutes for it to come to our table. It was really lightning fast considering the amount of patrons in the restaurant.
Yau Zar Gwai (Deep fried twisted bread dough) – RM1 (around £0.20)
Tau Fu Pok (Deep fried dry bean curd) – RM1 (around £0.20)
The above are the essential side dishes of a Bah Kut Teh meal, there wasn’t anything special about it so I’ll leave the blogging for the main attractions coming up.
3 Layers Pork meat – RM5.50 (around £1.10)
Spare ribs – RM5.50 (around £1.10)
Pork Intestine (Stomach) – RM5.50 (around £1.10)
Pork meatballs – RM6.00 (around £1.20)
The most important part in a Bah Kut Teh meal is the soup itself. Other than the dishes, we get a bowl of soup to go with the rice also. The selling point of Yu Kee Bah Kut Teh is definitely the soup that tastes incredibly awesome, rich and sweet taste due to the bones as well as the slight but not too strong taste of Chinese herbs. Besides that, all their meat are well marinated and tenderly juicy enough for you to ask for more. A simple proof was that we ordered a 2nd dish of spare ribs because it was just so addictive.
For the meatballs, the Bah Kut Teh soup used was a bit different as slight taste of ginger and light soya sauce could be tasted in the soup, probably due to the different way of cooking meatballs as I could see it being prepared at a different section.
I suggest the best sauce to go with the meat is some dried chillies immersed in their dark thick soy sauce which is readily available on the table.
Stir fry Veggie with Oyster Sauce – RM8 (around £1.70)
The veggie was just a simply dish yet it tasted quite good as well because of the fragrant fried minced garlic on top and the oyster sauce.
Here is how they prepare their food, one may find it really amusing as there are only a few workers handling that large amount of dishes in the picture and they were able to do it efficiently. Main reason is that most of these workers have been working for the owner for a long time and they’re all really experienced workers. As you can see from a signboard on the top left of the picture, they take day offs and do not open during Mondays.
Total Damage: RM43 (around £9) for 2 person
Ratings I give for this joint:-
Details of the place:-
Address: 71 Jalan Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah (It is just opposite Jesselton Hotel)
Opening times: Closed on Mondays, opened during the evening from 5-5.30pm-ish