Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Kim Kee Bak Kut Teh @ Tanjung Malim, Perak

Kim Kee Bak Kut Teh is one of the two surviving Bak Kut Teh restaurants in Tanjung Malim. Before the North South Highway, there were many more that were located along the old state trunk roads but with the new highway, many of them were forced to close down due to decline in business. Today, we only have Chun Mei and Kim Kee that are still holding on and going strong, mainly with the support from the locals and occasional travelers. 

The Restaurant Along The State Trunk Road

Old Wooden Structure

Kim Kee is famous among the local Chinese community as they serve medium bodied tea whereas Chun Mei is famous among the East Malaysian students that are studying in UPSI as well as the local Indian community as they serve dark bodied tea which seems to be preferred by them. My choice however would be Kim Kee. After all, it's just a matter of preference. 

White Rice @ RM 1.00 per bowl

Medium Bodied Tea
White Rice is priced at RM 1.00 per bowl and you can top up as much tea as you want. There is no additional cost for this. The tea here is medium bodied, way more authentic that what you would commonly get at those modern Bak Kut Teh places as is made solely from herbs and tea. Not oily and it gives you a very satisfying taste to you palate. My rating for this shall be 9/10. 

Bak Kut Teh @ RM 8.00

Eggs @ 0.80 each
They have a variety of meat cuts here so you could choose based on your preference. Right from the big bone to lean meat, the choice is yours. I would usually go for a mix of meat and fat. My rating for this shall be 8/10. The Lor Tan here is cooked separately and not with the meat. It has a much harder texture on the outside and is served with a mixture of the tea as well as light soy sauce. For me, I find these to be really good and they are similar to the ones that you get at those old Chinese Medical Halls which are slowly disappearing these days. My rating for these shall be 10/10. 

For those who are bored with the common preparation found in Kuala Lumpur, this is definitely a good alternative. I do remember many of my Singaporean friends asking me where to get Bak Kut Teh that comes with the dark/medium broth and this is one of such places. Tanjung Malim is located not too far from Kuala Lumpur and with the North South Highway, it's just a 40 minutes drive. 

Address: Kampung Berop, Jalan Slim Baru, 35900 Tanjung Malim, Perak.

Business Hours: 1100 - 2200 Daily

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