Sunday, August 3, 2014

BKT & Co @ Telawi, Bangsar

Bak kut teh in Bangsar, served in a hipster-baiting setting? Score! BKT & Co, which opened over the weekend, could easily become a major magnet for crowds hankering for a cherished recipe that's long been a rarity in Telawi.

BKT & Co boasts a hidden heritage that makes it a legitimate contender in the herbal-pork-broth stakes: Its thirtysomething chef, Ah Keong, is a third-generation scion of the family that spearheads Ban Lee, the bak kut teh outlet that has thrived for decades beside Dynasty Hotel on Jalan Ipoh. This new brand ropes in the creative talents of the team behind Bangsar Village's Wondermama, the ideal fit for a restaurant that's keen to keep local culinary traditions robust & relevant.

Begin with the basics: A one-person portion of claypot bak kut teh starts at RM16, featuring several slices of meaty ribs, mushrooms & bean curd skin in soup that's pretty light for now, perhaps not as resonant or complex as expected. The kitchen might still be breaking in its new pots & pans, so expect its flavours to evolve in the weeks ahead.

No hesitations though for this mighty fine braised pork belly (RM13), deservedly described as 'yummy' on the menu. Hits the mark for savoury succulence; a sure-fire smash, this might well be the first thing that the restaurant runs out of every evening.

Pepper pork stomach soup (RM14) - a likeable preparation with a pleasant, easy-to-eat mildness - rounds out BKT & Co's compact list of main courses. More dishes will be added later (there will be chicken).

Every bak kut teh outlet serves veggies, though BKT & Co's selection is a bit wider than usual. Crisp pea sprouts with shaved cheese is the signature creation (RM10.80; the combo works well), but customers can also opt for spinach, lady's fingers or broccoli with garlic sauce, minced oyster or belacan. Steamed rice, kway teow, baby yau char gwai (with or without kaya) & tofu with anchovies form the other accompaniments.

Another pleasant surprise: BKT & Co offers a spirited selection of booze, with sweetly fizzy, supremely refreshing cocktails that team up sake with lemonade, limenade or plum (RM13.80) ...

... & agreeable house wine that clocks in at RM18 per glass (RM80 per bottle). Harney & Sons tea is available too (Japanese sencha, dragon pearl jasmine, organic Bangkok & pomegranate oolong, RM5.80 per glass).

BKT & Co seems set to become one of August's big F&B successes; expect to see & hear more about it in the weeks to come.

New Ban Lee by BKT & Co. Est. 1972.
49, Jalan Telawi 3, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur. Open noon through midnight daily


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23 comments:

  1. Loving the looks of the braised pork belly and pepper pork stomach...the only thing missing is pork intestine...lolz! =)

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    1. Ulric: heheh, they'll be expanding the selection in the week ahead, and there's a mysterious-sounding "Special Bak Kut Teh" that'll be available soon (RM42 for a doubly large two-person portion, with a 30-minute wait) :D

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    2. I m thinking scallops n abalone...can't be gold...lolz! =)

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    3. Ulric: heheh, it might be bkt with chinese wine in the broth and bigger ribs, maybe :)

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  2. haha, the BKT looks great, but i still prefer Klang 1~ XD

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    1. Happy walker: heheh, i guess that's one of the fun things about BKT ... everyone has a different favourite area or type of preparation for BKT :)

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  3. Aiseh, BKT with wine, another whole new level lol

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    1. Ken: both white and red wine go well with BKT, heh :D

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  4. Looks very good...but I think the yellow lights at the premises spoil the snapshots. Give the dishes a sickly tint of yellow. Would be a lot worse if taken with my cheap digicam...

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    1. Suituapui: heh, it could be my poor photo editing skills too ... ya, but will look forward to seeing other photos taken by customers here that would definitely do better justice to the food :)

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  5. I'm ashamed to admit i never tasted ba kuh teh while in KL! This looks like the place to go though..

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    1. Youhadyourlunch: hopefully if you're ever back in kl and you're in Bangsar again, you could get your taste of bak kut teh here ... I think you'd like it :D

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  6. The pepper pork stomach looks awesome. Just what I need for some tummy warming action!

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    1. Missyblurkit: it would be the perfect dinner for a chilly evening, ya :)

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  7. Pepper pork stomach soup is one of my favourite soup! Haven't had that for long long time.

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    1. CK: heheh, hopefully the next time you're back in KL, you can make some of the soup or get it at BKT & Co :D

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  8. Went last night. They ran out of the braised pork :-(
    I thought the BKT was better than Ban Lee in Jln Ipoh. The yao zha guai is awesome, freshly fried.

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    1. Yun Qi: yikes, hopefully they'll stock up more on the braised pork for future customers :) great to hear you loved the BKT and yao zha guai ... will remember to try the YZG next time, thanks :)

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  9. Hipster Bak Kuh Teh. Awesome and creative concept. Will try this week!

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    1. Nicolas: hope you enjoy it! yeah, it should make for a fun dinner :D

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  10. My partner calls the bak kut teh here "refined" and "sophisticated" and I couldn't agree more. Never thought I'd see bak kut teh in Bangsar dished up this way but it works!! I loved the soup and the bean curd skin is stellar. Worth another visit for sure! :)

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    1. Carmen: glad to hear BKT & Co wins a thumbs-up from both of you :)

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  11. This place is permanently closed. You should update your blog post to reflect that. Not helpful to have info lying around that makes it seem this place is still in business.

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