The Definitive Guide to Malaysian Food

An assembly of critics and connoisseurs who conduct down-to-earth analyses of your favourite Malaysian delicacies.


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Bak Kut Teh - Restoran Sem Kim - Jalan Ipoh

When it comes to Bak Kut Teh, this has to be one of the best. The main pull of this place is the soup, of which you have 2 choices; you can pick either the darker, stronger soup, or if you are feeling weak or are female, you can go for the lighter soup. For those of you who are BKT noobs, the darker soup is called “Hak Thong” (pictured above) and the not so dark soup is called “Mou Hak Thong”.

The next highlight of this place is the rice (“Yau Fan”) (pictured below). Once again, this is only for the strong, macho people who won’t let a blocked artery stand in their way.

The downside has to be the fact that the Yau Char Kuay (below) is soggy and lacks crunch, the vegetables are not fresh and that the meat could be more tender.

The restaurant itself is relatively clean, but I wouldn’t eat anything off the floor. And this is also not the sort of place you would bring a first date, unless of course you want it to be the last date as well. Should you want to sit on the sidewalk and risk getting hit by speeding busses or cars, you can request that a table be placed there for you.

The service here is pretty good as well, with around 4-5 waiters sitting around the shop at any one time.

Please note that illegal parking is available right in front of the shop, or if you are chicken, you can always park on the road just after the shop, but please watch out for big huge scary rats.

This place is open for business 7 days a week from 6pm to 6am.

In conclusion, seeing as to how I personally judge Bak Kut Teh by the soup, I will give this place a whopping 8.5/10.

Average cost per person – RM10.00. This is the average price for bak kut teh in the Klang Valley.


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