[Non-halal] Here’s another old-time spot in PJ! Located in Sea Park PJ and next to the famous Nasi Lemak Bumbung (previously known as Maybank Nasi Lemak), Madam Tay Bak Kut Teh has been serving Chinese herbal pork soup since the 90s!
We used to frequent this stall regularly when we grew up in the area. We decided to revisit this spot when we were in Seapark recently.
Madam Tay Bak Kut Teh in PJ
Sea Park in PJ is home to many stalls and restaurants selling delicious food at reasonable prices.
Our favourites here include the 1978 Cucur Udang, Aunt Christina’s Sarawak Laksa, Nasi Lemak Bumbung, and the Chinese dessert stall at Paramount Kopitiam.
While there are plenty of shops selling BKT in PJ, we count Madam Tay’s BKT as one of the better ones that we grew up eating during our younger days.
While the BKT in PJ is incomparable to the ones in Klang (thicker and more flavourful soup, very tender meat) – the “PJ/KL-style” BKT still hits the spot when the cravings come.
Madam Tay Bak Kut Teh opens for dinner only
Madam Tay is opened only for dinner from 4.30pm until 9.30pm daily (closed on Mondays).
As we’ve not been here for years, we did find that prices have increased dramatically.
The Traditional Claypot BKT is priced at RM21 for one portion – and comes with your choice of pork cut, mushrooms, lettuce, and tofu puffs.
Madam Tay also sells Black Vinegar Pork Trotters (RM21) and Assam Mustard Greens (RM13) in clay pots. Side dishes here include Onion Rice (RM2), Youtiao (RM3), and Oyster Sauce Vegetables (RM8).
BKT has enough herbal taste
We ordered the single portion BKT with three-layer pork and soft ribs as our choice cuts.
Although not the best we’ve tried – we found the soup adequately rich with herbal taste and on the fattier side (which is nice). We did find a stronger hint of soy sauce in the broth.
Madam Tay had to disclaim that the soup does not contain any MSG or colouring – which we thought was a bit strange as any good BKT shouldn’t need MSG as there is enough umami from the pork essence and spices.
The meat is not the most tender we’ve had, but they were acceptable. More importantly, we thought the portion was good for the price as left both of us adequately satiated.
Vegetables and rice
We thought the Onion Rice was decent. Instead of the usual Oyster Sauce Vegetables, we decided to try the Lettuce in Herbal Soup (RM8).
The latter dish was basically lettuce in BKT broth with a stronger herbal taste that’s slightly coloured by lettuce. We advise to skip this unless you really love lettuce in BKT broth.
Overall, Madam Tay’s BKT is not the best we’ve eaten but it is certainly a taste of our childhood days. The broth was flavourful with decent herbal flavours and the meat was tasty despite not being the most tender.
Nonetheless, we believe Madam Tay should satisfy the craving if you’re looking for a decent BKT in the central PJ area.
For other good BKT spots in PJ, we recommend Heng Kee in Old Town and Meat in Claypot in Centrepoint Bandar Utama.
Madam Tay Bak Kut Teh
Address: 2, Jalan 21/11b, Sea Park, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 4.30pm-9.30pm Daily (Closed on Mondays)
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