Monday, February 12, 2007

Kedai Makanan Ban Lee, Jalan Ipoh

Got convinced by team BSG. Read their potent post then you'll understand why I took the plunge to brave the road known for its horrendous traffic and haphazard parking. Yes, after work. Yes, during rush hour!
Verdict? Personally I prefer to drool here. Then again, this is definitely my own tastebuds as Phitoy who was with me enjoyed it immensely. I find there was a certain bitter aftertaste with the soup and it was not fragrant enough. Well, maybe because we were too early as the tables were empty except for a lone Indian man? Afterall people do say that for soup based food it's always best to go later when all the ingredients that would gather at the bottom of the pot are totally infused into the liquid.
Our order for 2 was 2 bowls of rice (infused with oil "yau-fan") and a hot Bak-Kut-Teh claypot with pork belly and soft bones part. No innards. Only additionals were golden needle mushrooms and yau-char-kuai (literally translated as oil fried ghosts). Though the 'fried ghosts' serving was generous, I prefer it crunchier. Drinks were herbal tea of the day - 'lo-han-kuo' (literally translated as Buddha's fruit).My first bowl.
Bill came to RM24.30. We think it's expensive but didn't have the time to ask for a breakdown for each dish's price as this happened. Nevertheless, the portions were generous and would have comfortably fed 3 smaller eaters.

Location is an ecpc find. Just locate Dynasty Hotel. This old coffeeshop is on the left of its main entrance (when in hotel facing out). Impossible to miss as it is occupying 2 shoplots now with one solely to seat patrons. As for parking, the road shoulder is popular during late nights. However, as good citizens, there are parking lots (private and otherwise) behind this row of shops. Just go further pass Kedai Makanan Ban Lee and turn into the lane behind.

Hey, do tell me your experience/opinion at this place so I can decide whether I should brave the traffic again.

31 comments:

Precious Pea said...

I never like veggie and mushrooms in my bkt as the taste somehow different oledi. My favourite BKT place is still Meng Kee at PJ Old Town. Soup very nice. Tried before? One day must go take pic and blog about it.

UnkaLeong said...

I like my BKT thick and sticky :) There's one in Selayang. *sigh like preciouspea. I must go take photo and blog about it. Doubt it will be open this trip back though...

Kok said...

Hi, hopping here from WMW's blog. I should eat before I came. Now I'm hungry!:P

team BSG said...

ok now that V know u like BKT here goes ! 2 moro V call u !

Dr ve Thru said...

Between wmw and you, how do I stop myself from drooling. The worst thing is, I can't even tell myself to go to Ban Lee tomorrow because I am far, far away from Malaysia. In a land where the food is bland and boring.

Dr ve Thru said...

By the way, may I link you please? In this way, I don't have to remind myself to drool.... :))

FireHorse said...

Next time I come here must remember to bring hanki to wipe my drool otherwise komputer filled with drool sure rosak wan one day.

Tummythoz said...

precious pea, a few strands of vege in BKT to balance out the sinful concoction. Yes, I realise I'm lying to myself here. =P

PJ old town? The one that's openned 24hours?

unkaleong, how long will your trip be? Thot u'll b back for good. Anyway, shd still check it out as for the recent years, most Chinese stalls are openned as business proved to be brisk and they can charge higher prices.

kok, welcome welcome. Hungry? Can gnaw monitor-lor. Just ask unkaleong to be your sifu!

team bsg, haha. I'll wait long-long-or.

dr ve thru, hey u r a good cook. So, no prob-wat. I'm jumping up down even sideways u wanna link me! I'll link your foodstory blog, k? I just cannot stop going there to check out those simple recipes!

firehorse, rosak buy new-lor. Champions' coach don't get prize money-meh?

UnkaLeong said...

Wiping drool mouse. I find the gnawing mouse easier than gnawing monitors. Hahaha...BAck for the New Year period only. Back for good in September...

Tummythoz said...

kok, see? Oledi got first tip/lesson!

Precious Pea said...

No no...err...it's at a single storey corner house. Not 24 hours. Ermm...let me check the address then let you know.

boo_licious said...

Didn't know they served BKT as I only remember this place where people hung out at odd hours to drink. Thxs for the tip.

Melting Wok said...

aiyoo, good a not this kinda combo ? When it comes to herbal kinda soup, especially BKT, still love the old school way, nothing else inside beside the crunchylicious pig ears, pork stomach, ribs and the intoxicating chilis on the side, soleee..:(

Kok said...

Hungry lehhh...Gnaw monitor? Don't want can or not ah? haha!:P

Jackson said...

yr first plate really a big portion!! fren. pls come to Klang to taste the real good Bah Kut Teh!

jason said...

So many reviews on BKT lately. Maybe I should post one too. Btw, tummythoz... you like toilet?

Tummythoz said...

precious pea, quick-quick do a post of it.

boo_licious, why are u there at odd hours-ar? *put on a 'kepoh' look*

melting wok, there are stalls which add in seafood & yong-tau-foos too!

kok, up to you-lor.
Unkaleong, guess no 'pai-sifu' angpow for you.

jackson, mayb organise a foodies BKT trip? That is of course when you are free which can foresee won't be anytime soon, huh.

Tummythoz said...

jason, u don't? A daily (if not hourly) necessity-mar. There are occasions I'll return to a restaurant serving so-so food just becoz of this convenience, especially when there r kids or elders eating together. Oso when there's a very high probability it's going to be a s-t-r-e-t-c-h meal.

hey, thx for dropping by. Hopping over to your place to find out what u like!

Kok said...

Hah? Still need angpao for sifu unkaleong ah? I thought only need to give tea only? haha

sc said...

hi tummythoz, thanks for popping by my blog and do go ahead and link me.. can i link u too? :)

Tummythoz said...

sc, of coz! C u around.

jason said...

Err... You've got me... -_-; Haha.. You're welcome. Thanx for dropping by too. ;)

Kok said...

tummythoz,
just drop by to wish you a HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!:)

Xiu Long Bao said...

hi there! i found another yummy food blog...errr wiv toilet posts too!ur link is up ^_^

Tummythoz said...

xiu long bao, happy to see you here. Linking u now ..

boo_licious said...

Wow, so "kepoh". I went around the corner to visit a client's office once hence I remembered this place as there were a few old men all sitting around with whisky bottles.

Tummythoz said...

boo_licious, human nature-mar.
=)

Paris Beaverbanks said...

Hi Tummy! 'm working on your meme as I speak. I've tried this place. Unfortunately my conclusion is crap and expensive - bad combi. 2 other people agreed. I'd say go somewhere else and save the traffic and parking hassle. Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Tummythoz said...

paris beaverbanks, that bad huh. Fear not, plenty of good BKT stalls out there.

Precious Pea said...

Hey Tummythoz, finally posted on the BKT at PJ Old Town..go to my blog quick quick.

Anonymous said...

Kedai Makanan Ban Lee, Jalan Ipoh - THIS AIN'T NO BAK KUT TEH PLACE - IT IS A JOKE TO PUT IN VEGGIES N MUSHROOMS IN BAK KUT TEH - I WOULDN'T EVEN EAT IT EVEN IT'S FREE!!!

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