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Lean Hup Bee: A 60-year history of serving up tender pork knuckles

Braised pork knuckles, braised chicken feet, vegetables acar and assam fish curry. – Pictures by K.E. OoiBraised pork knuckles, braised chicken feet, vegetables acar and assam fish curry. – Pictures by K.E. OoiSEBERANG PERAI, Feb 11 — Lean Hup Bee, which used to be in an old shophouse along Jalan Pantai in Butterworth, has been serving up tender braised pork knuckles to satisfied customers for years.

Imagine the dismay of their regulars when the shophouse was razed  in a fire last October; everybody thought that was the end of the economy rice-style stall.

But the couple running the stall — Yang Kam Yong, 48 and Tay Chooi Lee, 50 — did not throw in the towel.

Yang Kam Yong spends hours slowly braising the pork knucklesYang Kam Yong spends hours slowly braising the pork knucklesIn December, the couple reopened the business within the premises of a night club along Jalan Kampung Gajah.

“My father started Lean Hup Bee back in the 1970s and the braised pork knuckles recipe was handed down from him so we have to keep it going,” said Tay.

She said her husband Yang picked up the skills of slowly braising the pork knuckles in a mix of spices and sauces.

The stall also has a variety of other dishesThe stall also has a variety of other dishesThe couple took over the business about 25 years ago and since then have introduced more dishes including various types of curries.

But the stall is so famous for its braised pork knuckles that they have to cook up three large 40-centimetre pots of it each day! Even then, the dish is sold out fairly early.

But the other dishes like the chicken curry, assam fish curry, stir-fried bittergourd slices, braised chickens’ feet and spicy pickled vegetables (acar) are also worth trying.

“Our dishes have a mix of Hokkien and Nyonya influences so it is a bit different,” Tay said.

Lean Hup Bee at the new premises along Jalan Kampung GajahLean Hup Bee at the new premises along Jalan Kampung GajahOf particular note is their assam stingray curry. It  is thick and has just the right balance of rich sourish flavour and spices that goes very well with rice.

Lean Hup Bee

3226, Jalan Kampung Gajah,

Within the premises of Kelab Gold Champ,

Butterworth.

Time: 10am-3pm

Closed on Sundays.

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