Thursday, June 16, 2005

Bak Kut Teh 肉 骨 茶

For years I hardly ate Bak Kut Teh - reason being I too jelak of it ....friends around me tot I anti-Bak Kut Teh ..... Story macam ini :- Long long time ago, when I was far far away schooling kat MO, boh lui mah - I entered USA with USD 3500 cash sahaja. Back then, I was very very scared that I couldn't complete my bachelor degree. So so, after the first semester, I applied kerja kat Uni loh, minimum wages $4.50 per hour - not bad also lah - a big help for daily expenses. So I enrolled maximum 5 subjects ( 15 credit hours - nak finish asap) and worked in 2 computer labs loh. I hardly had time to lepak lah sometimes .....early morning at 5:30 am winter time, was the horrible experience, had to pakai a few layers of thick baju - long john was a MUST - no way I stepped out without it, had to walk 5 blocks to open computer lab - aiiiii, extremely COLD one lah , sometimes -16 degree celcius - very horrible. At that time, I definitely need a hot shower, and a cup of super hot chocholate , then only can walked out of the house. Okie .... sometimes, I ada banyak assignments, plus programs to hantar, plus projects, plus exams, betul2 lack of time - I baca, buat kerja rumah till wee hours, and I knew I couldn't wake up on time, so I would dressed up in T-shirt & jeans and tidur sekali just like that day - woke up, brushed teeth - put on a cap - minum hot chocholate - then belah for classes and work liow :) (most malaysian girls were like me - ching ching chai chai aje , unlike our fellow Indonesian, Hong Kong or Taiwanese friends - they dressed like birds - pretty ). Anyway, that's my lifestyle lah and worked fantastic for me ..... okie, then food wise hor , to save money, kena cook at home lah. Broccoli , Cauliflower and lettuce super cheap - 0.99 kat walmart, or 3 for $1 kat chinese market, so that's my favourite, almost every week same vege. Meat wise, the simplest to cook was Bak Kut Teh - beli ribs, or chicken, eggs, pre-packed spices - threw everything in a big pot - cook besar-besaran - macam kenduri - ai sek man - makan for 1 week .... initially makan Bak Kut Teh - heaty - sore throat .....lama-kelamaan - got used liow I supposed. Makan like water har, when I graduated balik kampung - of course I stayed away from it.

Last year when RotiTelur balik kampung - Ringgit belanja us kat Kepong - wow, since then - the 'kick' datang balik, I had Bak Kut Teh minimum once a month. Brother came back - we makan at this oldest store - kind of original with onion rice kat Jalan Raja Laut, then Kancil visited me - brought him and friends to a semi Klang Bak Kut Teh near my house, my sisters and myself tried a few stores around Klang as well ..... yummy loh :) Tonight went for chinese buffet - gosh - ada pork ribs - teringat nak makan Bak Kut Teh liow lah .... may be I should go to chinese market besok - try to get the ingredients - and organize a little kenduri with my friends here - let's see how is it like hah ..... :)


rotitelur said...

This is something I truely miss in KL.

anti-ringgit said...

It always tastes nice and I found out near old Motorola office in PJ has a very old and famous BKT shop!

I went there once and I saw Monica and the CFO patronising the same shop!

Making an effort to go to that old shop itself already proved it's popular eh!