Situated at the oldest parts of Petaling Jaya, Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh needs no further introduction. Busiest during dinner hours, it is one of the few Bak Kut Teh restaurants in town that opens till late for supper. Ever since I started to work in PJ I have heard a lot of good things about them. Besides serving up delicious Bak Kut Teh, they are also well known for maintaining the quality of their food over the years.
Previously, I used to prefer the Klang style Bak Kut Teh with thick and dark broth, those that have a really strong herbal taste and served in clay pots. But sometimes the lighter and sweet variant taste equally good as well, especially when you feel like having a comforting meal.
Heng Kee’s Bak Kut Teh is prepared in such a way and served in separate bowls. The meat here is always a delight to eat, as it tastes tender after being cooked for long hours. Even the pork ribs were so soft and required hardly any effort to enjoy them off-the-bone.
Besides offering good quality meat and clear, non-oily soup, Heng Kee’s Yau Char Kwai (Chinese crullers) and golden needle mushroom are also one notch better than the rest.
Another thing I like about eating here is that they separate the mushroom, tofu pok and meat in individual bowls. Personally, I welcome this move because I’ve always had this nagging feeling that the mushrooms and tofu pok would introduce foreign tastes into the soup and ultimately affecting the overall flavor. And if you are wondering, all the side dishes were great as well and make perfect complements to an otherwise meaty meal.
All in all, Heng Kee is a value for money restaurant. Even though they are always packed, service is fast and efficient so you don’t need to wait long for the food to arrive. However, do note that you’d have to pay for refilling the precious soup.
Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh (PJ Old Town)
At the intersection of Jalan 1/9 and Jalan 1/10,
46000 Petaling Jaya
GPS Coordinates: N3 05.134 E101 38.815
Business hours: 5pm till late (~2-3am)