Bak kut teh was created in the old Malaya by the Hokkien Chinese immigrants as a dish that is classically served for breakfast. Which is why bak kut teh shops are especially busy and packed on weekend mornings, and Soon Lee is no different. The rightful origin of bak kut teh was said to be from Klang, but if you live in Ipoh or craving for bak kut teh on one of your visit north, Soon Lee is still a worthwhile stop. Located behind the infamous SMK Jalan Pasir Putih, Soon Lee Bak Kut Teh has been around for decades serving the herbal porky dish.
Lee’s bak kut teh is cooked and served in a clay pot, along with of pork cutlets, taufu pok, and pig intestines in a dark herbal soup. While the
pork pieces are appreciatively fall of the bone tender, the broth is slightly
on the milder side. Those who are used to the stronger, very obviously herbal
taste may think that this is a bit of a letdown, but do not let that deter you.
With the portion that comes quite generously, and as many herbal broth refills
for free, this is reason enough for you to check it out anyway. Tagging along
the dish are rice, strips of fried dough known as yau char kuey, some chillis
for extra heat, and a separate bowl of coriander to add according to diners
preferences. Pots of tea are available at every table, with choice of either in
house tea, or your own tea from home, and a self serviced hot water system. All
in all, it is not a bad place to enjoy an early morning.