Trekked to this part of Jalan Ipoh in Kuala Lumpur which is a largely Chinese enclave, wedged between the Malay/Indonesian Chow Kit area and the mainly Indian Sentul district.
One of Jalan Ipoh's dining icons is undoubtedly Ban Lee, which specializes in Hokkien-style Bak Kut Teh (pork-rib herbal soup). The version I tried here was a light soup, with a fragrant herbal aroma. The pork-ribs (the owner will ask if you prefer the more fatty or leaner cuts) certainly had a bite to them. Served in a claypot, the rich, flavorsome soup also contained golden-needle mushrooms, button mushrooms, "foo chok" (Chinese bean-sheets), and lettuce. One can also order golden-fried Chinese crullers or “yau char kuay” (油炸鬼) to dunk into the soup.
Chopped raw garlic, ultra-spicy bird's-eye chillis and dark/light soy sauces are available on the side as condiments/dips. Yummy-licious, and a good alternative to the ones in Klang town (Malaysia's Bak Kut Teh "mecca").
Restoran Ban Lee (next to Dynasty Hotel)
222, Jalan Ipoh / Batu 2
52100 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: +603-4045 3009