They say two-thirds work and one-third play. This is true, so when CS and I had spent the weekend re-painting our house, we treated ourselves to herbal-rich Bak Kut Teh. Not in Klang, but in Shah Alam’s Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh.
Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh wasn’t a new find. My ex-company was in the area, and this Bak Kut Teh was the go-to place when we rebelled against the 1-2 pm lunch policy. After all, we need more than a mere hour to slowly enjoy the umami.
This shop is old and old-fashioned. All the seats, tables and cooking utensils were out there for necessities, no endorsement. Managed by a fastidious family, we had to spit out our order promptly or they will move on to their many other chores. No eh, no buts.
We ordered for two portions of bak kut teh mixed with all parts of pork. As usual, other items need to be ordered separately, so we greedily went with 2 portions of tau foo pok, which explained why our bak kut teh looked overran by them.
Even with that amount of tau foo pok, the taste was unaffected, as bak kut teh remained flavorful. The soup was not overly oily but stronger on the herbal note, exactly what we loved! The fats and meats were tender, apart for ribs, maybe, but all were manageable.
This was the first time I brought CS to Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh and after the meal, I was severely reprimanded. “Why didn’t you bring me here earlier?” CS loves their bak kut teh more than I thought he will.
While Ah Seng’s operating hour starts at 7 am (yes, morning!) to 3 pm, it’s best to get there early to avoid disappointment. We had seen many customers getting turned away by 1.30pm because the bak kut teh was sold out. Actually, Ah Seng is my no.2 bak kut teh in the area. Hopefully, I can post about my no.1 soon, because it is constantly closed on weekends and public holidays.
Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh
Address: No. 1, Pusat Perdagangan Subang Permai, Jalan Alfa D 46/ D, Pusat Perdagangan Subang Permai, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor
Estimated GPS: 3.138843, 101.527802