Cosy Spot
Grace Lim 
A hip cafe in a church

Mention Klang and bak kut teh comes immediately to mind. In recent years, the town has become increasingly gentrified with hip eateries popping up all over. One of them is Latte Be Light, which offers its own take on bak kut teh.

Opened in December last year, the café was born out of a desire by some members of the Harvest Christian Assembly for a place to unwind after services. Latte Be Light, which is located at the church itself, aims to provide an alternative to the traditional kopitiam.

The café is owned by five people, three of them church members. One of the founders is Aaron Long, who explains that it was their dream to venture into the café business. “For someone coming from a corporate background, I realised that I didn’t want to work for somebody else for the rest of my life and I wanted to do something on my own.”

His partners – Chee Mun Wah, who has a background in branding, Jack Chuah, a biology graduate, Jeremy Eng and Tan Teik Suan, who is the head chef at Latte Be Light – all wanted the same change as well.

“Initially, we catered mainly to church members but eventually people from the outside started coming in. It has become a social hub of sorts,” Chee notes. “Our chef tweaks familiar favourites in terms of presentation and flavours. I think that’s what sets us apart.”

Tan has a background in Western cuisine and worked in Singapore for nine years. His last appointment was at a Japanese restaurant, and the influence is evident at Latte Be Light.

For instance, the crab omelette is served with a bowl of soba broth to be poured over the omelette.

“I would describe the food as modern European fusion,” Tan says. “I like to play with different ingredients to create new dishes.”

As for the bak kut teh, which is undoubtedly the highlight of this café, it consists of pork ribs braised in the chef’s special broth of herbs and spices. The ribs are then taken out of the broth and served on creamy mashed potato and a homemade barbecue sauce.

We also like the Chef’s Pasta of angel hair noodles tossed with olives, a special mixed sauce, garlic breadcrumbs, bonito flakes and minced chicken. Then there is the pork burger, with a patty consisting of 15 ingredients such as pork, thyme, rosemary and breadcrumbs. Fish & chips and grilled fish were recently added to the menu by popular demand.

One of the great things about the café is its affordability – all the items on the menu are priced below RM30. “We hope that customers will appreciate the effort and delicate touches we have put into the dishes,” Long concludes.

Latte Be Light
Harvest Christian Assembly
Lot 6934, Berkeley Complex
Jalan Lang, Taman Berkeley,
41150 Klang
Tel:  +6011 1120 4344

This article first appeared in Focus Malaysia Issue 277.