No. 1 & 3, Jalan Segambut
Coordinates: 3.145029, 101.711230
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.
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.
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
|you char kueh|
|half a chicken...|
|in absolutely lovely herbal soup|
|black gold a.k.a. BKT|
|another shot of our new-found love|
|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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