I think I did see the photo at the stall the first time I had something from there and yes, I thought it looked good. However, all this while, I never felt like having it – the pek ting eyok (八珍汤) or eight treasures tonic/soup also known as bai zen tang so I never ordered it. The mee sua in traditional Foochow red wine and ginger chicken soup was pretty decent, not the best in town but it was good enough but my favourite is their clear fish soup that I always had with kway teow (flat rice noodles). I enjoyed that so much that I kept going back for more.

Finally, that morning, at long last, I felt like having it so I decided to order the bai zen too khao (pork leg) to give it (RM8.00)…

…a try but my heart dropped the instant it was served. It did not even look good like what I had had elsewhere, here…

…or here…

There were small bits of meat in this one, most of them so small that I could not tell whether all of those came from the leg or elsewhere. There were two pieces that had a bit of skin and fat…

…but I still could not be sure that it was the leg! On the whole, the texture of the meat was “siap-siap“, not quite what I would enjoy so I just ate a bit and left all the rest behind.

The soup was so watered-down, so diluted. When I go for these herbal soups, I usually enjoy them thick and strong so I can enjoy the taste and the fragrance. I could tell it was pek ting eyok all right – I could detect the hint of it but no, it did not live up to my expectations. I just ate the mee sua

…as much as I could and I did not even manage to finish all of it and left all the rest behind.

I think whenever I drop by here, I would just stick to my favourite – their clear fish soup with kway teow.

GRAND WONDERFUL FOOD COURT (2.309601, 111.845163)…

…is located along Jalan Pipit, off Jalan Dr Wong Soon Kai, on your right. You can also go in via Jalan Pipit from Jalan Pahlawan – go straight ahead till you get to it on your left.

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

10 thoughts on “Failed…”

  1. Pek ting eyok and bai zen tang is the same thing? Just knew it.. 😅😅. I have seen those packet bai zen tang herbs sold in Supermarket but never buy as I don’t know what is it. I have eaten duck in pek ting eyok and loved it to bits but never have it with too kha.

  2. Oh dear, that was a disaster! How could they even sell it? Sometimes trying out something from a stall for the first time is quite a risk.

    1. Well, tak kenal maka tak cinta! I did notice that the older lady running the stall was not there, no sign of the younger man who always helped with the cooking either, just an unfamiliar looking lady.

    1. Char bee Lau ( fragrant root) is also heaty and I like it strong too, not diluted/watered down. Same thing with kacang ma, all that ginger in it, you think not heaty kah?

      Personally, I am not that crazy about pek ting eyok, not so turned on by its taste but I will eat…once in a long while.

  3. I don’t usually seek out meat, but recently went to a place that specialised in pork and, oh boy was it tasty.

    Problem here was the scrimping with the herbs used in the cooking. I do not mind pork leg or chicken but yes, for this dish, duck is the best!

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