Food Master Bak Kut Teh at The Shark Food Court, Burmah Road, Penang - Alvin Leow
Touted by many as one of the best bak kut teh in Penang, this stall is well hidden inside the less known The Shark Food Court (which was previously called Parma Food Court). After a few visits, we totally agree with those who has tipped us to this place.
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You see, The Shark Food Court itself is hardly being mentioned anywhere.
It's no wonder that not many are aware of the
hidden gems in this food court. Food Master Bak Kut Teh is another of those gems, which we're going to talk about in this post.
Food Master Bak Kut Teh - @Neng Bunyaruch
From what we know, this bak kut teh stall was once located along Burma Road.
Then it was moved to Gurney Drive Fantasy Cafe, where the many other Bak Kut Teh coffee shops are.
And then again, they moved to their current location — The Shark Food Court at Burma Road (opposite of Hong La Jiao Steamboat)
We're not sure what's with all the movings.
Food Master Bak Kut Teh - @foodie
But one thing we know for sure is that, they do serve some really good traditional clear soup bak kut teh.
The meats were tender and flavourful. And the soup was really addictive and obviously like many other bak kut teh places, they do allow you to ask for top up.
After a few visits to this place, we also realized that the customers are mostly locals around the area and those who's been their loyal regulars for many years. (especially those elder generations)
One thing to take note though, the services from their foreign workers were quite bad. So we advice to try being patience in order to not spoil your appetites. Bak Kut Teh
Or simply pork ribs herbal soup is a popular dish consumed in Malaysia and Singapore.
The name of the dish means "meat bone tea" in Hokkien. The meat here refers to pork mainly; though there are also chicken or vegetarian versions.
In Malaysia, whenever Bak Kut Teh is mentioned, the locals will often relate it to Klang as the place of origin.
It is believe that the soup-based dish was invented to help the Chinese workers at Port Klang to supplement their diets and prevent health problems like arthritis and rheumatism. (as many of them worked as manual workers that carries heavy loads in barefoot and are easily afflicted with joint problems)
Traditionally, the pork broth is simmered for long hours in claypots; with Chinese herbals, spices, meaty pork ribs, pork belly, and big pork bones. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking.
These days, claypots are replaced with big stainless steel pots when cooking and is only used when serving to keep the food warm; while some stalls has totally replaced it with normal bowls.
There are actually two variations of Bak Kut Teh; namely the Teochew Bak Kut Teh and Hokkien Bak Kut Teh. The main difference between the two is the Teochew versions are slightly lighter than the Hokkien's.
Bak Kut Teh is often served with "you char kuih" (Chinese fried dough strips) and rice. Light or dark soy sauce along with chopped chili padi and garlics are offered as condiment to be taken together with the meats.
Other than the traditional broth, a
dry version of Bak Kut Teh (which has its broth further cooked and reduced to a thicker gravy) has also become increasingly popular within Malaysia in recent years.
Additions of other ingredients such as wolfberries, dates, dried squid slices and chilis are included in the dry version; which makes it tangier and stronger in taste.