Monday, May 23, 2011

J Tean Kitchen

Fusion bak kut teh? J Tean Kitchen's catchphrase might sound scary, but we soon found out that its cooking isn't all that strange.

Pork forms the foundation for the recipes here, with a mild herbal BKT flavor infused in much of the meat _ possibly including these ribs (the menu leaves things open to interpretation, and the service team seemed unsure). Succulent, but fairly similar to regular BBQ ribs, smothered in a sweet, sticky sauce that might have been char siew glaze.

Western-style pork pie, with a surprisingly spicy stew within. Lots of luscious chunks of pork belly buried beneath a buttery, fresh-tasting crust.

Pork belly, stomach & rib BKT. The traditional version, comparable to what Pao Xiang Bak Kut Teh offers at numerous malls. Not bad, though most customers might insist that their favorite decades-old outlets do this better. Still, only a curmudgeon would really complain.

Prices are reasonable; two can have a stomach-stuffing meal for under RM60.

Flower tea & citrus tea.

Cold jujube tea.

Would we return? Sure; we still wanna try the pork fajitas and crispy knuckle!


J Tean Kitchen,
SSTwo Mall, Jalan SS2/72, Petaling Jaya.
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20 comments:

  1. pork fajitas and crispy knuckle!?? Tis place could be the only reason to visit this sad mall! ;p ;p ;p

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  2. fusion bkt?? wow imagine pork cooked in bkt broth b4 being crisped up knuckle style, i want to try too!

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  3. I actually like the look and concept of this place. Can't possibly go wrong with pork right?

    Will have to go give it a try too. Doesn't sound too heavy on the pocket either.

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  4. i never even heard of this mall!

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  5. No booze?!? Haha. BKT looks nice though and if it's similar standard to Pao Xiang (which comes from Klang too anyways) then it's worth a try!

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  6. I like the tables, cute! And if the BKT tastes somewhat like Pao Xiang, then its pretty good :)

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  7. tng: the mall is showing signs of life now! though it would be nicer if it had a few outlets that serve wine and cocktails :D
    joe: yaaa, i'm quite curious about the knuckle! it comes with a choice of char siew sauce, salted egg sauce or pumpkin sauce, but they only had char siew sauce that evening =)
    qwazymonkey: oh yeah, the priciest item is the pork knuckle, about RM40. still one of the cheaper knuckles in town though! :D
    michelle: ya, suburban malls have been springing up all over selangor. it's tough to keep track of them! =)
    timing: yeah, i'm not sure if they even serve beer here, heh. they also have the "dry bak kut teh" version on the menu, which should be worth checking out next time! =)
    baby sumo: ya, the furnishing is interesting; there seem to be three separate sections in this restaurant, each of them with their own distinctly different tables and chairs! :D

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  8. Bak Kut Teh deconstructed? Yikes!

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  9. lfb: it's a brave new world out there! break and forsake all the old culinary rules! (says the person who doesn't even have a stove at home) :D

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  10. I quite liked the BKT there actually. The knuckle we had was good!

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  11. Pork fajitas sounds a safer bet! My affair with BKT is hit-and-miss as it is, can't imagine any creative interpretation to flip it over to my side of the fence!

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  12. unka: oh yeah, you tweeted me the photo of the knuckle, and it sure looked tasty, all sliced up! i'll need to work up an appetite to tackle that mighty hunk of meat! :D
    min: heh, i actually really like BKT. the combo of super-succulent meat with luscious offal and mellow herbs in a broth that's criminally addictive to the last drop ... it makes me a VERY happy camper! :D

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  13. But old is gold after all. Sometimes going basic is the best way - you get to taste the best as it's meant to be.

    Ah well, we don't mind trying something new though. We just need to get inspired enough to get off our asses and try a new place... :P

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  14. Lfb: you're a paradox, you are! You enjoy almond fudge ice cream, but you revile almond milk! how caaaaaan... :D

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  15. yummay! i wouldnt mind some fusion bkt! :D~ im an absolute bkt fan!

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  16. augustdiners: i like how we can now have BKT at convenient locations, in air-conditioned comfort, from noon to 10pm, thanks to these BKT outlets at shopping malls! :D

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  17. Can what... I love fresh durians but I loathe most durian products like dodol or durian ice-cream. No paradox there.

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  18. lfb: oh, that's easily explainable. you don't like the processed, artificial flavor of durian products. just like how i enjoy almonds mainly when they're plain and simple on their own :D

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  19. saw this lovely looking place but hubby's not into fusion stuff :(

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  20. Babe_KL: oh, I guess maybe he can order the traditional bak kut teh, and u can order the fusion pork fajitas :D

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