After our Mount Kinabalu climb, our muscles were sore and we needed some food badly. We checked in to our hostel at Gaya Street and headed out for dinner.
We were told that we can find good Bak Kut Teh restaurants at Gaya Street so we were quite set on having some for dinner.
We stumbled upon this coffee shop called Kedai Kopi Kim Min with a Bak Kut Teh stall called Kam Kee Bak Kut Teh. There were quite a number of customers eating Bak Kut Teh so we decided that it has to be quite good. We found ourselves a table and sat down.
They had this large board on the wall that explained how to make your order.
We decided to try the original flavor with mixed pork meat. We also ordered a plate of Tau Hu and U Cha Kui (You Tiao) and rice. Luckily there wasn’t a long queue of orders and we were quickly served with our food.
The large claypot made the Bak Kut Teh look very small in portions but its more than sufficient for two person.
The soup had a slight herbal taste and was very sweet. The sweetness came from the meat that was stewed for hours to produce the soup stock. There is also an aftertaste of tea in each sip. Each piece of meat was tender and fresh, though the liver was slightly overcooked (I prefer them to be slightly rare).
The Tau Hu was a little too cold for me. I’m not sure if they were intended as a cold starter or meant to go with the soup. The U Cha Kui was also lacking in freshness. If they couldn’t get fresh U Cha Kui, they could have heated it over the grill to make it a little crispy.
Overall, the price came up to around 12 Ringgit per person. Quite affordable, compared to Singapore standards. I like the Bak Kut Teh but would skip the side dishes the next time I visit Kam Kee.