Update: this restaurant has shifted next to Challenger’s Badminton Centre near the church and it’s called TNT Bak Kut Teh now
There are already so many Bak Kut Teh restaurants in Kepong and the number is still on the rise. Not surprising, given that Kepong has always been a food haven with countless eateries to choose from may it be satay, nasi lemak, steamboat, rojak or tong sui you are looking for. It might feel good to try new restaurants but sometimes, the existing ones are the ones that are really worth exploring. Such is my encounter with Heng Bak Kut Teh Delight’s at Kepong Garden, an old Bak Kut Teh eatery that has existed with the community for decades.
But first, I need to clarify that the other Heng or Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh you see in PJ or even in Kepong are not related to them, nor are their branches despite using the same Chinese name, cooking style and similar taste. Anyway, I shall not indulge you with details of their business rivalries since it’s none of our business.
The Sang Kuat Pou is the star dish here and it needs to be pre-ordered at least half an hour before reaching the restaurant. But this doesn’t mean you couldn’t have it if you didn’t pre-order. As long as you are OK with the half and hour wait, then by all means order it on the spot.
FYI, Sang Kuat is not a part of the pork. It simply means the cook will prepare your Bak Kut Teh using raw and fresh meat (with parts you specified), instead of using those cooked since early in the morning. Besides, some Chinese wine and more even more herbs are thrown into the soup to take the Bak Kut Teh’s flavor to an entirely new level. The end result is a pot of specially brewed Bak Kut Teh with extra aromatic soup and fresher tasting meat. RM30 for a portion of 2 pax.
The usual side dishes of tofu pok and yau char kwai are available with the latter largely depending on luck – sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t. Although the yau char kwai here is not at the freshest it could be, it is still quite crispy usually.
The Sang Kuat is great alright but the normal version is good too. Prepared using 22 types of Chinese herbs, the soup is less oily compared to others because leaner parts are used and any extra fat is skimmed off when the Bak Kut Teh is cooking. I usually order Pai Kuat Chee here and it is always cooked to just the right tenderness – firm yet springy to the bite. I wouldn’t go as far as saying no MSG used at all, but even if it is used, the amount is sparse and won’t leave you feeling thirsty afterwards. Price range from RM12-15/pax.
If you like juicy but not overly fatty meat cuts then the Kar Hao Kuat (spareribs) is a good choice. The thin layer of fat on the top side makes it more tender than Pai Kuat.
Other fattier meat cuts like Zhu Keok Wan are usually used to prepare the Stewed Pork here. The high fat content from such meat cuts are the preferred one for this dish because it certainly won’t taste nice when the meat is lean and tough. This stewed pork is easily twice as sinful as the Bak Kut Teh but it is just oh so good. If taken sparingly, I guess the calories are worth it? lol. And you won’t need me to remind you that the stewed pork should be taken after tasting Bak Kut Teh due to its overpowering flavor.
Billy is one of the cooks here, he speaks fluent English and is very willing to share his food and stories. You would be surprised at the number of tips he has for the customers to better enjoy Bak Kut Teh. I know I did.
Then there are three types of rice here: plain, yam rice (signature dish) and golden pumpkin rice. The yam rice is available almost everyday but the golden pumpkin rice is only available on Monday and usually finishes during lunch time. I find the yam rice to be really fragrant, topped with crispy fried shallots and loaded with chunks of yam, tasty enough on its own to be eaten just like it is. Recommended.
Most Bak Kut Teh restaurants are hot and stuffy but you definitely won’t feel that while eating here. The spacious restaurant is located at an open ground where it is usually windy and cooling. Plus, there is a widescreen TV with Astro channels so that’s another plus point for me to eat here lol.
For you late night eaters out there you would be glad to know that Heng Bak Kut Teh Delight’s is open even after midnight. And parking is never a problem because of the large empty spaces nearby.Heng Bak Kut Teh Delight’s
No.622, Jalan 20, Rumah Panjang,
Off Jalan Kuang Gunung, Taman Kepong,
52100 Kepong, KL
GPS Co-ordinates: N3 12.466 E101 38.245
For pre-orders call 016 332 8003 (Billy)
Open Daily (except Wed) 7am-3pm