Sunday, May 4, 2014

Ren Ren Claypot Bak Kut Teh, Taman Rashna, Klang.

Bak Kut Teh is quite a common delicacy in Malaysia and Singapore. For the uninitiated, Bak Kut Teh is famous pork dish in the Klang Region of Selangor and also in Singapore. It is usually eaten for breakfast by the locals with rice and also fried dough sticks cut into pieces. Basically, it is a stew of pork ribs in a broth of herbs and spices. The difference between the Klang version and Singapore version is that the Klang version carries are more pungent herbal taste whereas the Singapore version is more peppery. 

Besides the regular stew type, there is also a dry variation of Bak Kut Teh. Instead of stewing the pork ribs in broth, they are cooked in a very thick gravy like sauce with the said herbs and spices. Ren Ren is one of the very few shops that serves dry bak kut teh and they are opened from morning till night, whereas other Bak Kut Teh shops around this region only open till noon. 

The soupy version of Bak Kut Teh in Ren Ren is nothing to shout about. It is not bad but somehow there is less herbal taste for my liking. For the soupy version, I still prefer the Teluk Pulai Bak Kut Teh (Corner Shop at the row behind Ren Ren).

Pot of Veges and Bean Curd cooked in the same broth

The main event. The pork ribs are actually the same as pork ribs from the soupy version. Basically, the cook just use the pork ribs that were already slow cooked in the broth and have a quick stir fry in a claypot with the special thick sauce. What we have here is a succulent pork ribs whereby the flavour is locked in from the stir fry and complemented by the thick sauce. Goes very well with rice.   

Besides Bak Kut Teh, this shop serves quite good Assam fish too. This is a dish of fish (can be mackerel, sting ray, shark meat or any other fish that is on the menu) cooked in a sauce of tamarind and chilli together with aubergines, tomatoes and okras. For those who are less heat resistance, you may request the cook to tone down the intensity.

Prices are reasonable. For a meal of 2 pots of ribs, a pot of veges and bean curds, 2 assam fish (sting ray and red snapper) with rice and water for tea (customers are allowed to bring their own tea leaves as it is the custom in this part of the world), the total bill comes to RM80++.

For those who intend to come here for dinner, try to be early as it tends to get crowded.

GPS Coordinates : 3.056493,101.47229 (Jalan Batai Laut 3, Taman Rasha, Klang)

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