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Review: Fong Keow Bah Kut Teh, Klang

>> Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Fong Keow Bah Kut Teh has been around in Klang even before I was born! *lol* Located 'at the beginning' of Klang, at Taman Intan (pretty much opposite the Aeon Bukit Raja, I think), this gem has been serving many patrons faithfully for the past 30 years!

The restaurant has just undergone renovations to ensure that the space & environment provided to its patrons are more comfortable, especially for larger crowds. They cater a lot to tour/travel groups, coming in bus loads of hungry diners from all over Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea & various parts of the world.

It was a privilege to savor one of the longest serving bah kut teh & seafood dishes restaurant in Klang :)

Dry Bak Kut Teh (RM29.00/serving for 2 pax)
The tasting version that was served to us came with pork spare ribs. Frankly speaking, it's my 1st time having dry bah kut teh with pork spare ribs as I usually order "big pork bone" + intestines for the dry bah kut teh...hahaha. It was actually quite yummy, with a hint of heat from the dry chili & some thick, slightly sweet dark sauce, coating each piece of spare rib. You'll find strips of dried cuttlefish & pieces of lady's fingers in the pot too.

Soup Bah Kut Teh (RM27.00/serving for 2 pax)
We had the "big pork bone" with pig's intestine and pig's stomach for the soup version, which is my usual order. In my opinion, the soup has a milder herbal taste, which I prefer a more pungent herbal taste. It's cooked this way to appease diners who aren't familiar with bah kut teh, but are brought by their tour groups to try out the famous Klang cuisine as part of their tour. 

As I arrived late due to the many errands to run on that day, I didn't manage to snap many photos of the dishes, so the photos below are courtesy of Ivy Kam from foodmsia.com. This restaurant serves more than just bah kut teh. They expanded their menu to serve other seafood & Chinese-style cuisines as well, which are equally tasty!

Golden Sand Bean Curd/"Kam Sa Tau Foo" (RM12.00/serving)
You can't find this at every Chinese restaurant. Who doesn't like salted egg yolk?? I love this dish! It has slightly less cholesterol since it's not cooked with the usual squid or prawns! :D 

Green Dragon Vegetable aka Royale Chives ( 韭菜 ) (RM13.00/serving)
Grown locally in Cameron Highlands, this vegetable isn't a common sight in Chinese restaurants. It has an interesting taste/flavor alike chives + asparagus, I feel, which I've eaten many times before this review. Fong Keow serves this as part of their menu, so you can be quite sure that they'll have this everyday if not every other day (if the supply isn't available). 

Crispy Chicken with Thai Sauce (RM20.00/serving)
 I certainly have no complains for this. As long as the chicken meat aren't dry, the skin is crispy, it'll pass as 'crispy chicken' to me :D Their Thai sauce is also made in-house with fresh cucumbers, onions, chillies & even crushed peanuts.

Sauteed Oyster Mushroom With Prawn (RM20.00/serving)
If you're a mushroom lover, this will be a dish that you'll enjoy. I loved it :) Oyster mushrooms, prawns & the fragrance of capsicums *yums*

Drunken Clams (RM25.00/serving)
I kid you not when I wrote there RM25.00/serving! It's a whole dish of steamed clams with Chinese rice wine & it was delicious! The clams were fresh & weren't over-cooked.

Fong Keow is also very passionate with their range of Chinese tea. In fact, they're planning to start a section of their restaurant just for Chinese tea appreciation/for Chinese tea connoisseurs to enjoy the extensive range of Chinese tea that they'll be showcasing for sale at their restaurant.

One of the interesting teas that they introduced to us on that evening was a tea with burdock root in it, known to be good to reduce high blood pressure. It's an acquired taste & may not go very well with bah kut teh, but it actually balances up your body (in my opinion), since eating the high cholesterol & herbal-heaty bah kut teh may not work very well with the current generations who have a more sedentary lifestyle.

They also serve Chinese herbal tea with chrysanthemum flowers for RM2.50/bottle. I find it slightly sweeter than my usual tolerance though...

White tea is also another type of tea featured at this restaurant. These teas are better for health than the usual green tea (which could cause one to not be able to sleep at night). I liked the fragrance of this expensive tea...oh, I wouldn't mind learning up a 'lil on the different type of Chinese tea & their advantages to the body :D

For more information on what this classic restaurant has to offer, here are snapshots of their menu fyr:

With the many choices of bah kut teh in the town of Klang (it's saturated with the options of bah kut teh shops!), give this place a try if you have yet to, & pick for yourself which you would prefer since the taste of bah kut teh is a very subjective to every individual.

Fong Keow (Pottery/Claypot) Bah Kut Teh
No.49, 51, 53, Jalan Batai Laut
Kaw 16 Taman Intan
Tel: (+6012) 358 7181
Business hours: 9:00a.m. - 10:00p.m.

Presentation (does it look mouth-watering): * * * 1/2
Price (is it affordable - more stars = YES): * * *
Environment (is the place comfortable, cosy, clean, pleasant): * * * 1/2
Taste (is the food delicious, worth coming back for more): * * * 1/2
Service (are the service providers friendly, efficient, polite): * * * 1/2


Bah Kut Teh any time!


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