Made of clay…

Through gritted teeth and forcing myself to ignore the misspelt and ungrammatical name in English, I went and try this new place in town located at the back portion of this coffee shop.

I had the cray…I mean, claypot bak kut teh (herbal pork bone soup)…

Claypot bak kut teh

…which tasted quite good especially for people who consider strong herbal tastes in their food as somewhat medicinal and get put off by it but I would prefer it to be a little bit stronger. That was RM8.00, together with a bowl of rice.

My missus had the claypot chicken…

Claypot chicken

…which was also nice but nothing more than chicken in soy sauce cooked in a claypot. It certainly would be nicer with some dried chilies and maybe some bits of salted fish to enhance the taste…and perhaps a sprinkling of cashew nuts as well. This one was slightly cheaper – RM7.00 with rice.

We also had the sio beeย (meat dumplings)…

Sio bee

…which certainly looked more like the local Sibu Foochow-style ones and not like anything from Taipei as the name of the place claims…and come to think of it, do they have bak kut teh in Taipei? I thought I read somewhere that it is actually a Malaysian dish? I also had the sio bee at this other place that specialises in Taiwanese cuisine and theirs were quite different, I must say.

Anyway, these were RM4.00 for five, so it works out to 80 sen each. Like the rest of the stuff that we had, I thought that they tasted all right but you would not see me going back there again for these. There are nicer ones elsewhere and cheaper too.

So, on the whole, what we tried was not bad, this much I would say…but others may see it in a much more favourable light. Period.

Author: suituapui

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31 thoughts on “Made of clay…”

  1. Craypot BKT looks good. But Craypot chicken looks a bit burnt on the sides huh?

    So I noticed…but it was ok, did not taste burnt. Probably contributed to the taste a bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. So what was the misspelt word? Craypot? Will check out the place this afternoon. Looking forward to tomorrow.

    …and “cook” instead of “cooked”. Ya…hopefully you will not be disappointed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Maybe this is a claypot coffeeshop? All cooked in claypots only but they do have a nice fragrant smell… more so if cooked with charcoal…

    It is…one section of a coffee shop. Dunno if they use charcoal or not – did not go to the kitchen to see.

  4. nice shots of the food.. not a fan of BKT, but i do eat once in a while ๐Ÿ™‚

    Not crazy about it either – to me,it’s just something different for a change. Will have it once in a while.

  5. Bananaz loves anything cooked in ‘craypot’, craypot yee mee, craypot curry fish head etc etc just in cray..Your BKT almost same ‘plice’ here going at RM9. Got a colleague’s hubby who open up BKT in Taipei but not successful. After some time bungkus. Think he used the wrong cray pots.

    Not popular there? Maybe they prefer their own local specialties… Not that popular here too but we do have a few stalls around.

  6. Drooling now…i luv BKT with strong herbal taste i.e tong kwai. Is this RM8 claypot BKT you had comes with pig intestines and stomach?

    Not this one, dunno if they have those or not. Don’t mind going without them though – not so healthy, must not eat too often.

  7. oooh yummy yummy, i always like things cooked in claypot, as if they taste more delicious, haha.. maybe because while served in claypot the food is still piping hot and that could be the reason?? haha.. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ya…there are nice claypot dishes like the claypot chicken rice, or the clay pot seafood dish with yam and what not.

  8. You torture me with the claypot bak kut teh, clayppot chicken and sio bee. Love the bak kut teh with strong herbal aroma. RM8 together with a bowl of rice is considered reasonable.

    In Kuching, we have 3 sizes…large, medium & small and prices ranges from RM8, RM7 & RM6 EXCLUDING rice. For a bowl of rice, they would charge extra RM1.00 and RM0.50 for few pieces of “yu char kueh”. The claypot chicken would taste better with a bit of salted fish….yum!…yum!….

    Like the claypot chicken rice – with a few slices of lap chiang (Chinese sausage)…nice!

  9. I didnt manage to eat any Sibu sio bee! Differnt from Kuching ones?

    Definitely different. You did not try the ones at the night market? It’s something like that but those may not be the best around. I know a few good places but I’m still hunting for some really good ones. Looks like you have to come to Sibu again then… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Craypot bah kut teh, where did they misspell the clay? On their shop name, or menu? Why didnt capture a photo of it? ๐Ÿ™‚

    There was a red banner in front of the shop all in Chinese except the name “T**pei cray**t cook” which should have been “clay***”…and “cooked”. Thank goodness it wasn’t “crackpot cook”! I took a photo sometime back…but deleted it as I did not think I would want to use it. Did not bother to take another one.

  11. phew! luckily had bkt few days ago if not gonna bising eric bring me go after read this post!! >.<

    Lucky girl! Got someone to take you to go and eat. Not me…:( Any craving, would have to go and eat myself. Kesian… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  12. BKT!!! i love herbal soups with strong herbal flavour! Hehe!

    Me too. Otherwise it’s no different from being cooked in soy sauce.

  13. I loved herbal BKT compared to the peppered ones…

    Same here. There’s one place here – not much herbal taste and lots of pepper. Was nicer and was very popular when the father was alive but now, not so good so I would not bother to drop by anymore.

  14. I still prefer claypot chicken rice than BKT

    I’m ok with both – don’t mind eating one or the other but you wouldn’t find me craving for any and going out of my way to go and eat.

  15. Craypot? LOL! Haven’t had BKT in ages!! Maybe I should cook it one day ๐Ÿ˜› And how could claypot chicken rice be nice without salted fish?? Hehe

    This is claypot chicken only…not claypot chicken rice. BKT…no problem in KL – every corner, you have BKT.

  16. i once read ‘fish and ship’ in a menu of a restaurant! LOL
    those who had it could loudly say ‘i am so hungry that i can gulp down a ship!’ ๐Ÿ˜›

    Saw a banner outside a coffee shop at Rejang Park (where you stayed when you were in Sibu) – Nasi Lemah! LOL!!! Belum makan lagi, tengok sudah lemah! Muahahahahaha!

  17. I love BKT, so do my boys. But i prefer those with stronger herbal taste, so far i only come across one that serve BKT with strong “tong kuai” taste, it is at Cheras.

    Here, so so only, I think. My missus’ one is stronger -not so diluted as those in the town.

  18. we used to cook our Sinigang in a clay pot too for a nice sour taste… have you tried Sinagang before?

    Sinigang na baboy? We do not have that here…but we do cook a lot of things in claypots. By the way, in the Melanau (one of the ethnic tribes in Sarawak) language, babui = pig/pork…so you can see there’s another similarity in our languages. In Malay, it’s babi.

  19. If chicken with dark sauce and dried cili and cashewnut..that would b kung poh chicken lo….hmmm…ya hor…i can cook kung poh chicken for dinner. Thanks for the idea .

    Yum…yum! Ok with that too – not really crazy about it. Prefer pork belly instead of chicken, cooked that way… Yum! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. The first one is delish, other 2? Meh – they tend to make me sick. Not a big fan.
    I can’t wait to eat some bakkut teh in November, Jakarta. I hope it will be good as anticipated.

    You’ll be back in Jakarta in November? Come! Hop over to Sibu and you can get to enjoy the best that we have to offer. Yum! Yum! Ah…you have bak kut teh there too? I thought it’s a Malaysian dish…but then again, we do have a lot of Indonesian specialties in Malaysia as well. Same-same lah. LOL!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. bak kut teh is my dad’s favourite. It’s so delicious. Like you, I really enjoy the herbal taste in the savoury pork bone broth. yum.

    Aha…you’ve got this in Medan too, eh? I like herbal soups and stuff…

  22. Haha…craypot…cooked. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Well, I guess the owner of the shop should still be congratulated for trying to write the banner in English. However, he should be informed of the error. ^_^

    True, very true…otherwise, I would not know what on earth he is selling there – can’t read Mandarin. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ And I guess, as long as people can understand, that’s all that matters…and what’s most important, the food must be good! Right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Yeah. What’s important that the food tastes right. At least it doesn’t taste like crack. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Yup…but at those prices, I would expect something a little bit better. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  23. Anything served in a claypot are nice! Presentation of food does add some marks.

    Yes…but the test of the pudding is in the eating! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  24. I am a BIG fan of bak kut teh. William will always order one for me and all i do is drink da soup and ask for refill, refill n more refill. I think no BKT stall wanna layan me dy for the amount of soup me drink! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Oh gosh!!! Wouldn’t be busy all night long after that – going to the toilet to ease yourself, I mean! What were you thinking? Muahahahaha!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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