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Shin Ki Xiang Bak Kut Teh, Taman Maju Jaya @ Bukit Mertajam – Best Dry Bak Kut Teh

It has been a while seen my last blog about bah kut teh. The main reason is due to the extremely hot weather recently and also partially I am not a very big fan of bak kut teh.

However, I was invited by Criz to visit a new opening of bak kut teh shop which is located at Bukit Mertajam. The exact location of the shop is at Pusat Perniagaan Maju, Bukit Mertajam. If you are heading from Penang Bridge, the abandoned Mayang Mall is on your right. Head straight and you will see Wah Lee Electronic on your left, turn left to the junction and you will see Lorong Maju 2 on your right. Move another 20 metres ahead and you will see Shin Ki Xiang on your left.

Shin Ki Xiang Bak Kut Teh shop is branched out originally from Klang. The owner is also originally from KL and he is a professional in preparing bak kut teh. There are two options of bak kut teh, the soup and the dry version. The taste of the soup base was very normal. However, the dry type is the one that I wanted to emphasize.

There are many varieties of tea available. From Qiu Xiang Cha Wang (秋香茶王) and Xiang Pian (香片), to Ju Bao Cha (菊堡茶) and Tie Guan Yin (铁观音).

The original and usual soup based bak kut teh tasted like the one at Padang Brown or Lau Fu Zhi. It had the taste of herbs and was also thick in flavour. For those that love spare ribs, they were well cooked until the meat was not too lumpy. Accompanied with the soup were fried bean curd, meat balls and pork ribs.

Besides the original soup base bak kut teh, the one that I prefer is the dry type which is quite scarce in Penang. According to the boss of Shin Ki Xiang Bak Kut Teh, the ingredients of dry bak kut teh are marinated for hours and then boiled for than more than 20 minutes. This is to make the  gravy fully absorbed into the meat.

Even the white rice served at Shin Ki Xiang is different. Instead of normal white rice, the steam rice is mixed with fried small onion slices and oil. Very nice in fragrance.

Even the boiled lettuce did not have the normal meat floss or fried lard with oil garnishing. It was just a simple plate of Boiled Lettuce (油菜) with some oyster sauce and fried small onion slices.

Overall, both the soup and dry base bak kut teh here were delicious and up to standard. It is worth a try.

Editor’s Review (5 Stars Rank):

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Quick Facts:

Family Friendly
Pork Free
Credit Card
Private Room

Operation hours: 8am – 10pm (Closed at 3 – 6pm)
Contact: 013 – 444 4488 (Ah Seng)
Address:Bukit Mertajam Outlet. No. 2, Tingkat 2, Lorong Maju 2, Pusat Perniagaan Maju Kg. Bharu, Bukit Mertajam.

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17 Comments so far (Add 1 more)

  1. ya loh, ya loh…. now I am like visit there every week. 🙂

    1. stevengoh on July 13th, 2011 at 1:54 pm
  2. Steven…my tummy growls each time i see this bak kut teh…;p

    2. Zoez on July 13th, 2011 at 12:25 pm
  3. Will try my luck later if possible.


    3. Wilson Ng on June 4th, 2011 at 3:20 pm
  4. look tasty, should try it out on next visit. normally i visit hao hao

    4. enqvist on June 23rd, 2010 at 4:58 pm
  5. gong hei fatt choy!!!! ;p

    5. thenomadGourmand on February 11th, 2010 at 8:52 pm
  6. happyy cny!!!

    have a prosperity year ahead…

    gong hei gong hei!

    6. XiuXiuWong on February 11th, 2010 at 3:36 pm
  7. Halo Bro Steven Goh…
    Not sure is this the version from Klang.. coz every BKT also claim having secret recipe from Klang… haha

    The dry version which I see are a bit similar..like those Kong Po style wif dried chilli, lady finger and dried sotong cook wif black thick soya sauce…

    Thanks… will plan visit here one day…
    My Best preferred BKT is still from Puchong Perdana… not the Klang 4 lansi brothers who has monopolize the BKT business.

    7. James Tan on February 9th, 2010 at 10:52 pm
  8. Hi Steven,
    I never had BKT. Your pics however are not really flattering for the dish. So question: is it very fatty? Oily?
    Ok, will have to try it at our next visit. Just returned last month from Penang. Very sorry but was very busy and didn’t find time to give you a call for meeting. One day we’ll manage, Lah!

    8. Jay-P. on February 9th, 2010 at 6:26 pm
  9. Allie, is the same owner but different branch

    9. stevengoh on February 9th, 2010 at 4:31 pm
  10. Is this the same at the one near the Prai Megamall?

    10. allie on February 9th, 2010 at 10:00 am
  11. Love dry bah kut teh! A must eat!

    11. pigpigscorner on February 9th, 2010 at 5:49 am
  12. Finally the klang Bak kut teh has reach Penang.this is how it should be and served in klang

    12. email2me on February 8th, 2010 at 10:02 pm
  13. Errrr.. having BKT at this time?? Isn’t it a bit too heaty?? 🙂

    13. NKOTB on February 8th, 2010 at 9:00 am
  14. happy, me too… I have long time no take bah kut teh. However, this is nice.

    Little inbox, ya agree… wait until the raining season first.

    cariso, no… shin ki xiang is a new branch.

    14. stevengoh on February 7th, 2010 at 1:55 pm
  15. Ki Xiang changes place?

    15. cariso on February 6th, 2010 at 6:54 pm
  16. The weather now is terribly hot, not a good time for bak kut teh.

    16. Little Inbox on February 5th, 2010 at 8:14 pm
  17. Wah…long time no eat BKT..after seeing your post I am thinking of the intestines just like de one in your picture..

    17. hApPy HaPpY on February 5th, 2010 at 10:31 am

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