I am not sure what happened to Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh (Taman Kepong) because they appeared to be closed every time I visited them recently. It is one of my favorite makan places in Kepong so hopefully it is not a sign that they are gone for good.
So today we detoured to Hing Kee at Jalan Kepong instead which is another popular spot for Bak Kut Teh. Looking at the three shop lots they own, you could probably guess the huge volume of business they are doing daily. Quite a number of customers could already be seen eating there around 5.30pm even though they actually start at 6pm. And that includes us as well.
Anyway, if you read my post about Heng Kee earlier you would know that there are a couple of Heng Kee/Hing Kee in Klang Valley. Not only they share the exact Chinese name, even their menu and cooking styles are very similar. However, they do not share the same spelling in BM/English so they are obviously competitors. In short, Heng Kee is a standalone while Hing Kee is more like a chain restaurant with branches in KL and PJ.
We chose a mix of pork ribs and soft pork ribs for the Bak Kut Teh which cost RM12 for one person’s portion. They are quite generous with the meat so you could easily finish two bowls of rice with this. And you should know that the Bak Kut Teh here is prepared using light and clear soup that tastes slightly sweet, not the Hokkien style which is dark with a bitter aftertaste. The ‘you tiao’ @ RM2 tasted fresh and crispy and we were almost tempted to have seconds because it was really good. A separate bowl of soup is provided for dipping the ‘you tiao’, it has a stronger herb taste compared to the one served in claypot.
Dry Bak Kut Teh is available here (RM12 for 1 pax) too and I am glad it does not taste like a clone of Yap Chuan‘s. The ingredients are similar alright but Hing Kee’s version uses less dried squids and emphasizes more on spiciness instead. It really packs a kick!
The total damage for the meal? RM33 inclusive of two herbal drinks, three servings of ‘oily’ rice and whatever mentioned earlier. Will I return? Yes for sure.
HING KEE BAKUTEH
No 28, Jalan Besar Kepong,
52100 Kuala Lumpur
GPS Coordinates: N3 12.832 E101 38.244
Tel: 012-5233 599
Business hours: 6pm to 2am (closed every alternate Monday)