Happy Father’s Day

Imperial Bak Kut Teh

Imperial Bak Kut Teh

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers out there! To my friends who are celebrating their first Father’s Day, congratulations. There will be many more to come.  And for those who are not fathers yet, remember your own. Cherish your father.

I was lucky enough to have an awesome father and even luckier to spend a lot of alone time with him. We are not talking about the occasional meal or two. These were full trips out of state or country. It may have only been a few days, but the experience definitely made me feel closer to my father.

The first few trips was due to the fact I was not well at the time and needed yearly medical check-up.  At first the check-ups was in Singapore, which was great for me maybe not so great for my father’s wallet. But I definitely got to see a lot more of Singapore as a kid. I remembered taking the bus with him down to the Singapore Science Centre. That was the epitome of fun for a geeky kid. Orchard Road was also on the list of must visit, gift shopping for the rest of the family needed to be done.

There was another common link with all the trips. Bak Kut Teh. I wasn’t a very adventurous eater during my childhood but it was during one of those trips to Singapore, that I had my first bowl of Bak Kut Teh (BKT).  Granted it was Singapore BKT, which has less herbs than the Klang counterpart, but it was a good place to start.

Klang BKT remains the best out there. Some say that the one at Hokkien Association is the best of the best but I will not comment of this as I haven’t had proper BKT in Klang in a while. Kuching however is lacking in truly good BKT. Yes there are plenty of BKT spots but most are average at best.

For one of the better BKT in Kuching, head over to Imperial Bak Kut Teh. The shop is located nearby One TJ Shipping Complex in Tabuan Jaya Baru area. This is a shop that specializes only in Bak Kut Teh and nothing else. They have other interesting side dishes like their pancakes but they are first and foremost a BKT shop.

So how is the BKT here you ask. The soup here is good. It is more than just a soya sauce soup. There are definitely strong taste of herbs in it. The meat here is also cooked until tender making it quite easy to eat. I would have preferred to have whole garlic in it, but this is quite rare in most places including those in KL unless specifically asked for, which I didn’t.

There was also a lack of a meat menu that you find nowadays in other restaurants. I assume that you would be able to specify what you want anyway but I would have preferred to be see what was available in the first place. The rice here is also just normal rice instead of oily rice but that is ok. They also do sell yew cha kueh as well and as a plus in different sizes! This is great for me as I love yew cha kueh in BKT.

All in all, this BKT is enjoyable enough. It may not be as good as those in Klang but would do for us Kuchingites. And I get to enjoy it now because of my father’s introduction. Thanks dad. Happy Father’s Day.


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