To get a bowl of Bak Kut Teh, what most of us have in mind is dining at typical Chinese kopitiams by the road side or even alleys. Pao Xiang takes a bold step to introduce Bak Kut Teh in a posh atmosphere, standing in the list among the fine dining restaurants. From the birth place in Klang, they stride to mark territory at upscale places such as KL Pavilion but I did not step in there. We landed in a newly established outlet at D’Piazza Mall in Penang by incidental.
. Arriving with 2 hungry mouths, we went ahead like how we usually order for Bak Kut Teh. No spare-parts, no internal organs, no fatty meat for the pork ribs tea. We are healthy carnivores . In addition to the main, we also opted for lettuce (Yu Mak), Fried Bean Curd (Tau Fu Pok) and Oil Stick (Youtiao/You char kway) for side dishes. Plus 2 bowls of white rice. Not in favor for Chinese tea, we went for chrysanthemum tea in can.
The dishes were served within minutes. What surprises me was the size of dishes. The signature dish – Luan Kut (RM9.80) was served in a mini-china with a diameter of barely 3 inches and a depth of less than two inches, holding 6 pieces of ribs (mainly bones). Thank goodness that we also ordered other side dishes, but they were nothing to boost. Ten leaves of lettuce cost RM6.00. And there was hardly any soup to dip our you char kway! We nearly had to consider for second lunch.
Judging the food quality, Bak Kut Teh tang is up to par. Speaking of food quantity, Pao Xiang perhaps has to listen more, learn from the voices of customers so that more Penangites get a chance to enjoy the cotton string novelty of Bak Kut Teh. Step out from the ‘frugal’ zone, be generous for the signature dishes that you take pride of. And we would appreciate if you do not charge us for the ‘Tissue’.
Good luck in your business!
No 57 D’Piazza Mall
Jalan Mayang Pasir
11900 Bayan Baru