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Thursday 7 July 2016

Joe Wong Bak Kut Teh

No. 1 & 3, Jalan Segambut Tepi
51200 Kuala Lumpur
Coordinates: 3.145029, 101.711230

We’re back!

After a prolonged absence of six months since we last came here we were glad to be back, and eagerly anticipated our reunion with the wholesome pot of herbal goodness.

Although we have a particular penchant for 1Bak Kut Teh (BKT for short) and still do, we developed a particular liking to the Herbal Chicken Soup served here as well.

1a Chinese soup that literally means "meat bone tea", and at its simplest, consists of meaty pork ribs simmered in a complex broth of herbs and spices (including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic) for hours. Additional ingredients may include offal, varieties of mushroom, choy sum, and pieces of dried tofu or fried tofu puffs. Additional Chinese herbs may include yu zhu (玉竹, rhizome of Solomon's Seal) and ju zhi (buckthorn fruit), which give the soup a sweeter, slightly stronger flavour. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking and garnished with chopped coriander or green onions and a sprinkling of fried shallots, and usually eaten with rice.

Sharing a mutual premise with the God of Prosperity Temple here in Segambut it is pretty tricky to locate if you are not properly guided by GPS.

simple and unassuming
thick rich soy sauce


The proprietress recognized us and quickly ushered us to our table where we promptly ordered a bowl of Bak Kut Teh and Herbal Chicken Soup with a side order of 2Youtiao, 3Tau Pok in BKT Broth and Fried Lettuce.

2known in Malaysia as you char kway or you char kuey; made with flour, vegetable oil, yeast, sugar, salt, and water into a kneaded dough then deep fried until golden brown and puffy
3Deep-Fat Fried Tofu

you char kueh

half a chicken...

in absolutely lovely herbal soup

black gold a.k.a. BKT

another shot of our new-found love

tau pok

fried lettuce

one final hot of our new-found love

Words cannot describe the sight and aroma that greets you when the bowls of herbal heaven are served. The smell teases your nostrils, and your senses are immediately pricked. Do give Joe Wong a try, and do not be put off by its simple and unassuming settings because as they say: still waters run deep!

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