Ban Lee is one of the few old school bakuteh establishments in KL that still uses charcoal fire to heat up the claypot. It is also one of our favourite haunt for bakuteh because it is open throughout the day, albeit run by different bosses (I think).
The bakuteh here is of the dark broth variation and is full of herbal aroma and flavor. There is also this bitter after taste that we absolutely adore while some find it too strong for their liking.
We always have an additional order of tau fu bok (bean curd) to go with the soup.
To complete the bakuteh experience, we must have some you char kuay (Chinese deep fried cruller) to be dipped into the broth and eaten.
A new friend that we have just met told us about his favorite bakuteh in KL and insisted on taking us for dinner here. Other than the dark broth variation, one of the specialty of the evening session is the one with “white broth”. Made from lightly blanched pork bones that have been boiled for several hours, the “limited edition” white broth yields a sweeter taste with light hint of herbal aroma. One needs to call and make a reservation for the white bakuteh at least one hour before. Just tell the owner that you want to order “Sang Kuat Bou”.
We had the special “yat chi kuat” in dark broth. It was HUGE but we polished it off easily. The meat was falling-off-the-bone-tender and the gelatinous strip of skin has minimal fat.
additional order of tau fu bok again.
All in all, Ban Lee serves pretty decent bakuteh and is one of those better one outside Klang. While the normal bakuteh is decent, their white bakuteh is really the bomb (available during night time, must call to order one hour before). Whenever we felt like having some comfort food without venturing out from our comfort zone, Ban Lee is the place that comes into our mind instantly.
Kedai Makanan Ban Lee 万利肉骨茶餐室
222, Jalan Ipoh,
51200 Kuala Lumpur.
(next to Hotel Dynasty)
Tel No: +603-4045 3009 / +6012-203 6865 (call to order “sang kuat bou”, the white bakuteh).