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We tried the viral cheese bak kut teh — culinary atrocity or pure tacky goodness?

You’ve seen the title and also you’re in all probability going “Cheese bak kut teh. That’s simply downright flawed”. Sure, however earlier than you throw stones at me, hear me out. It took all my willpower to drive to Setapak within the efforts to smell out the one and solely restaurant in Kuala Lumpur which served this blasphemous tacky concoction— B.A.J Restaurant.

Cafe - interior

As I made my technique to the restaurant, I observed that for as soon as, my ravenous urge for food (and lactose-intolerant abdomen) was overcome with dread. Gingerly, I took my seat and positioned my order. There have been loads of wonderful-sounding dishes on the menu however my thoughts was made up. 

I used to be right here for one factor and one factor solely. The Cheese Bak Kut Teh

What I attempted at B.A.J Restaurant 

For these of you who’re curious to know the way this tacky concoction was made, let me spill the beans. The chef first begins by cooking contemporary okra slices and pork chunks in a claypot. It’s then blended with a spicy bak kut teh sauce earlier than being sprinkled with a beneficiant quantity of mozzarella cheese. 

B.A.J Restaurant - cheese bak kut teh

After what appeared like an eternity (it was simply 20 minutes), my Cheese Bak Kut Teh (RM16.90) arrived with a plate of rice on the facet. And for a very good minute, I simply sat there inhaling the slightly overpowering perfume of the scorching cheese. When you is perhaps delay on the considered mixing an old-school dish with cheese, I’m happy to report that the cheese is paired with the dry model of bak kut teh, not the soupy variety. Really feel higher? 

True to its identify, smothered on the items of marinated pork was a blanket of melted cheese. The once-milky-white-cheese now had a charred look to it. This gave it a stark visible distinction of darkish brown pork chunks, and hints of inexperienced from the okra in opposition to the melted cheese. 

B.A.J Restaurant - bak kut teh

After all on the subject of melted cheese, the rule is to all the time eat whereas sizzling. In any case, there’s nothing’s extra unappealing than chilly, clumpy cheese. So I wasted no time and tossed the cheese together with the pork, scraping each little bit of cheese that caught to the perimeters of the claypot. Lastly, the second I’d been ready for, (let’s be sincere, you too), the cheese pull check. 

B.A.J Restaurant - cheese pull

I readied myself for the Insta-worthy cheese pull and proceeded to carry the cheese coated pork as excessive as I might. Sure, the cheese pull was as wonderful because it seems to be! The tender, gooey cheese stretched on for half a very good ruler’s width earlier than lastly snapping off. 

B.A.J Restaurant - rice

Proper after, I topped it with plain rice and took a chew. Proper off the bat, I famous that I couldn’t style the standard bak kut teh notes. This was a reasonably disappointing begin. In any case, what’s bak kut teh with out the complicated interaction of assorted Chinese language herbs and spices? 

So as to add to that, I observed I needed to pair small bites of the pork with enormous parts of rice to assist stability out the sturdy style of the cheese coated pork. And at one level, I had plain stringy cheese (which by then had marinated with the bak kut teh sauce) with rice. That itself was a barely disturbing reminiscence to my tastebuds. 

Fortunately the saving grace of the dish was the pork meat that was extraordinarily tender and never as salty as I believed it might be. Ultimately, like most cheese dishes, I discovered myself feeling very jelak after consuming nearly half of the meal. Makes an attempt to scrub down the tacky richness with inexperienced tea didn’t assist both. 

Last ideas

Cafe - cheese bak kut teh

As I sat there blankly staring on the half eaten bowl of Cheese Bak Kut Teh, my lactose-intolerant abdomen feeling not too good, I questioned— how a lot cheese is an excessive amount of cheese?

Would I return once more? Particularly for the Cheese Bak Kut Teh? No, as I actually imagine it’s a enjoyable dish to strive as soon as and solely as soon as. B.A.J Restaurant provides all kinds of sumptuous-looking dishes at very inexpensive costs, so I might advocate you strive these as a substitute. 

Now I’ve a query for you— are you recreation sufficient to strive the Cheese Bak Kut Teh

Anticipated injury: RM17 – RM20 per pax

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Value: $

Our Score: 3 / 5

B.A.J Restaurant

Jalan Genting Kelang, 20, Jalan Prima Setapak 3, Taman Setapak, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Our Score 3/5

B.A.J Restaurant

Jalan Genting Kelang, 20, Jalan Prima Setapak 3, Taman Setapak, 53300 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Phone: +6018 988 8766

Working Hours: 11am – 10pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tue



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