KUALA LUMPUR, February 9 – Just before the Chinese New Year (CNY), a friend who is a Penangnite recommended this Kuala Lumpur-based person selling tu ka from Penang. She had ordered and was impressed with the braised pork shanks.
I managed to get the braised pork shanks and chicken feet before the CNY festivities started.
The Braised Pork Shank comes from Lean Hup Bee, which has a rich heritage of over 60 years in preparing this braised delicacy. Based in Butterworth, they had diversified their offerings during lockdown to produce their braised items in easy-to-eat packets. All you have to do is heat the frozen packets for a meal in 30 minutes.
The stand is run by second-generation owners Yang Kam Yong and Tay Chooi Lee. Their braised pork shanks are cooked using a recipe Tay inherited from his father who opened the stall in the 1970s.
In Kuala Lumpur, the vendor known as Ah Bee offers Lean Hup Bee Braised Pork Shanks in two sizes. The large size pack for RM38 can feed four to five people while the smaller pack for RM28 is ideal for two to three people. You can also get braised chicken feet for RM18 which is served with braised shiitake mushrooms.
Currently, they offer free shipping if you order three packs of Braised Pork Shanks. Your items will be delivered to your doorstep via a third-party service and payment can be made later via an e-wallet.
I boiled the packets from their frozen state in a pot of water for 30 minutes. Just cut the packet open and you’ve got a huge, flat piece of braised pork knuckle minus the pesky bones.
What impressed me was that the meat was tender and delicious with the gelatinous skin. They braise it with soy sauce and spices which add a nice flavor to the meat. Since they braise the pork shanks in the same sauce, they also have a more viscous texture. Think of it as a scrumptious treat for a meal. It was perfect for parties too.
For the braised chicken feet, you get about 13 pieces of small chicken feet and nine pieces of small shiitake mushrooms. I enjoyed the tender chicken feet as they were braised so well they had a silky smooth bite.
You’ll notice they use smaller sized chicken feet that are trimmed, which helps reduce the greasy taste in this braised dish. Unlike the pork knuckle sauce, this braising sauce was not as delicious but tasted mostly dark soy sauce and very few spices.
The restaurant just reopened on February 7, after a long break. Currently, Ah Bee told me that they only take orders for braised items. Once supplies are available, which he hopes will be soon since the restaurant has started operations, he will resume delivery of items.
You can contact Ah Bee at +6019-8146133 by phone or WhatsApp to place your order of Braised Pork Shanks and Chicken Feet first. Once his supplies reach Kuala Lumpur, he will distribute them by delivery.
It is better to converse with him in Chinese. If you order via WhatsApp, it will respond with voice memos. Usually you have to call him a few times first or leave a message, but he will get back to you after a while, which is what I encountered for my order.