My quest to find the best Bak Kut Teh in Klang landed me at Ah Her Bak Kut Teh in Pandamaran, a simple roadside stall that is extremely popular with the locals and visitors. Although my quest is far from complete, I can say Ah Her is one of the best (within top two) I have tried so far. As far as I know, Ah Her is only open for dinner.
Most of the Bak Kut Teh we have is soupy and extra soup can be requested without hassle. But Pandamaran’s Bak Kut Teh’s soup base is uniquely rich and thick and very little soup is served in each portion. The aromatic and delicious soup can only be topped up when you ask for additional rice, and the additional soup they give is about 10 to 15 table spoons at most!
A case of arrogance, or the precious soup is prepared just enough for the day only? That’s for you to decide yourself.
Each person will have their own bowl of Bak Kut Teh, so there’s no need to fight over the meat and soup lol. More hygienic too don’t you think? The soup tastes like a cross of very flavorful, condensed Bak Kut Teh soup and braised pork gravy. I am sure anyone who’s new to this style of Bak Kut Teh would be pleasingly overwhelmed by the great aroma and flavor.
By the way, this is something new to me so I am sharing with you guys as well. Do you know that some older generation of Klang people regard the bowl type of Bak Kut Teh as the traditional Klang Bak Kut Teh, and not those served in claypot? To them, restaurants using the word ‘claypot’ and Bak Kut Teh together and claiming that they are selling Klang Bak Kut Teh are usually frowned upon. Interesting eh? I knew this from my readers’ comments.
Each individual bowl of Bak Kut Teh consisting the normal cut is priced at RM8. Now do you see how little the soup is lol. I usually drench my rice with soup because I know that it can always be refilled later. But since soup refilling is not entertained here at Ah Her, mixing the rice with soup certainly felt like a waste. Better save all the soup you can for savoring later.
But if you really like the soup so much you can keep asking for additional rice to get it refilled (in spoonful amount though). Just a suggestion lol.
Chicken feet is also available here for the same price @ RM8. Don’t expect the soup to taste the same because the rich gelatin in the chicken feet made it felt starchy.
Sai Kuat (small bones?) or ‘sueh kuat‘ in Hokkien is a choice cut and I highly recommend you guys to order at least one of this. Although packing more fatty pork skin, the texture of the meat is exceptionally soft and tender. Even the soup that comes with Sai Kuat tastes BETTER – weird but true. I am guessing that different soup is given for different cuts ordered.
Heavenly delicious, I kid you not.
After all the good stuff being said, here comes the not so pretty facts. Ah Her Bak Kut Teh is too popular and crowded that you may need wait for a long time for the food to arrive, upto an hour if you are one of the late comers. It’s safe to say that if you arrive anytime later than 5.30pm you will have a hard time finding a table. Best bet is to reach around 5pm to have an early dinner rather than having to endure this painstaking wait.
Think I am exaggerating? This photo depicting Ah Her’s customers seated all the way from the middle to the end of the street says it all. It was only 6pm.
The waiting feeling is made worse when you see food coming out, but not headed to your table lol. And to those who are not fluent in Hokkien you might find it a little intimidating conversing to the lady boss, as she’s a straight-spoken person eager to get the orders down as quick as possible. Don’t misunderstand this with being rude yeah.
Here’s another bad news, if you are eager to try out Ah Her Bak Kut Teh I am sorry to say that I do not have any address or clear direction to the stall. I am not yet an expert navigating through Klang, especially Pandamaran area. So all I can provide is a Wikimapia location to it and some key buildings around the area.
My method of locating this Bak Kut Teh gem was by following the signboards leading to Pandamaran from Klang town. Alternatively you can use KESAS highway and exit to Pandamaran using the Pandamaran Interchange, seemap.
When you reach Pandamaran, look for Pandamaran’s police station by asking any locals (I did that). Because if you are able to locate the police station you will definitely be able to find Ah Her. They are only like 200 meters away from each other. Do study the maps diligently and do not hesitate to ask for help if you’re lost. Good luck.
Key buildings: Balai Polis Pandamaran Jaya and Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan (Cina) Pandamaran A