7 Underrated Pork Places In Klang Valley That Won’t Boar You
If you’ve ever found yourself craving the succulent taste of pork and couldn’t decide where to get your fix, we’ve got 7 great places for you to scratch that itch.
1. Toast & Roast
Kicking off the list with a huge crowd favourite, Toast & Roast (TNR) is located in the heart of SS2. Now I know what you’re thinking, parking mafan. But judging from the reviews, this place is worth it.
Their cheaply priced char siew rice is known to be sweet and succulent, with the tender meet of the pork and juices oozing into your mouth. The char siew is served with a thick, sticky sweet sauce on the side.
Simplicity at its finest, get this dish for just RM7.70.
2. The Butcher’s Table
Speaking of SS2, some of you hardcore foodies may be familiar with Mr Ho. Many of us grew up eating his roast pork in Mr Ho’s Fine Foods in BSC. He’s since taken a 10 year hiatus from the F&B scene to return with The Butcher’s Table.
The menu is fairly extensive – offering a range of porky favourites like roast pork, pancetta, and pork loin. No matter your personal preference, Mr Ho’s got you covered.
“The prices are reasonable and portions are adequate (sometimes larger than expected),” said food blogger Bangsar Babe.
Many reviews suggest calling ahead to book a table if you’re planning to go during weekends as the place gets crowded quickly. Needless to say, this one’s a winner.
3. Palsaik Korean BBQ
Looking for a Korean restaurant to dine in with good quality pork meat BBQ for you? Palsaik Korean BBQ is known to be most popular pork belly brand in South Korea.
Palsaik serves fresh local pork belly meat seasoned with eight kinds of special sauces (ginseng, wine, pine leaves, garlic, herbs, curry, miso and pepper paste) and all-you-can-eat fresh veggies.
The Palsaik brand itself has appeared in many pop culture references; K-dramas, Japanese media, and various magazines.
The cozy vibe inside makes you feel at home, while the restaurant is large enough for team parties or family gatherings.
4. Yut Kee
The new Yut Kee isn’t located too far away from where it used to be; just a short walking distance at the back of the old spot and one that’s bigger and brighter.
Yut Kee is new, but the interior is fashioned to reflect how it was before, so you’re not robbed of that old kopitiam feel.
When it comes to a pork dish, Aunty Margaret’s roast pork roll is worth the wait (only available after 11am). The skin is beautifully crisp and meat, amazingly tender with nutty accents from the pistachio stuffing. This comes with an apple sauce on the side to liven up the flavours and offset the richness of the meat.
5. Tipsy Boar
Swine and dine yourself at PJ’s hog heaven. Promising pure porcine pleasure that spans crackling rolls of porchetta to succulent slices of ham, with everything from sausages to meatballs in the mix.
Tipsy Boar’s seasoned chef-founder Suren Krishnan has the chops to make this work, selecting cuts sourced from multiple countries to ensure each portion is at its prime, then crafting recipes that nail harmonious notes for flavours and textures.
While the menu might not spill over with boundless choices, it’s all killer, no filler here.
The char-grilled U.S. ribs are a standout, evolving from an original Kansas-barbecue-inspired preparation, perfected to a lip-smacking, finger-licking quality, with a lively flavour that penetrates every tear-off-the-bone bit of the flesh.
The portion of ribs pictured here clocks in at RM26 for 400 grams; customers can add a RM10 surplus for two refreshing sides, such as a watermelon mint salad and Japanese pickled cucumbers – alternatively, larger servings of the ribs are also available.
6. Wong Mei Kee
Wong Mei Kee Pudu (also known as Wong Kee or Wong Meng Kee) serves one of the best roast pork in KL. People flock to this place during lunch hour just to savour beautiful cuts of siew yuk, despite the bad traffic in Pudu.
Reviews say that its most famous dish is their roasted pork with “a balanced proportion of lean and fat meat, partially pinkish meat plus crackling crispy pork skin. No trace of dry nor tough texture, only juicy tender bite, like tucking into meat cut with good marbling.”
If you’re looking to splurge, the takeaway roast pork + roasted chicken rice comes to a whopping price at RM24.50, but I’ve heard its worth the treat.
7. Peng Heong Hakka Paikut
Don’t get too excited, I’m not about to involve myself in a war between bak kut teh lovers over which place in Klang has the best one to offer.
Instead, I’ll be taking a peek at what regulars claim to be one of the best pork chops in town. This tender, juicy and well seasoned dish “can only be fully enjoyed when ordered twice,” says a reviewer.
Another contending dish is the pork ribs – succulent, sweet, and absolutely delicious. The ribs are mostly de-boned too so there was plenty of meat on this plate of goodness. The dish can be a little rich on its own, but pair it with a serving of rice and you have a match made in heaven.
So, pork-loving peeps, swine connoisseurs, whatever you call yourselves, what’re you waiting for? Try out these places and add them to your list of go-to favourites.