Bak Kut Teh, literally translated to Meat Bone Tea is a well loved heritage food in Malaysia. This comfort food comes in two different version. From clear peppery broth of the Teochew style to black herbal broth of the famous Klang style, each has its own ways of preparation and own distinct uniqueness that captures that heart of many.
Bak Kut Teh is so common here that it can be found at almost every corner of the street regardless of state. Everyone had their own preference of delicious Bak Kut Teh and own favourite Bak Kut Teh specialty stall.
Nevertheless, to get a good bowl of quality Bak Kut Teh can be challenging as the taste of every stall differs. To my personal preference, a perfect bowl of Bak Kut Teh should be piquancy but not overpowering and the meat should be tender and slide off the bone easily.
A no stranger to the local people in Kuala Lumpur, Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh, hidden in Petaling Jaya (PJ) old town is definitely a stranger to me.
Where the spirit of traditional local delights are still alive, this PJ old town is a place that is most talked about for all its fame, to die for authentic Malaysian food. You will be spoiled for choice when comes to dining option here.
Thank to my friend’s recommendation and for taking me all the way here, I get to try this great tasty bowl of Bak Kut Teh among the locals.
Instead of serving the dish in claypot, which is very common nowadays, Heng Kee serves its Bak Kut Teh in the customary way; in bowl. I’ve ordered a ‘mixed’ Bak Kut Teh which comprised of meaty pork ribs, big chunks of pork belly, pig stomach and intestine.
One sip of the soup confirmed that this Bak Kut Teh is excellently executed. The pipping hot soup is not overpowering but yet extremely aromatic and mouth watering, leaving a flavourful aftertaste. The fresh chunks of pork belly, with a slight gelatinous sheen, is beautifully tender. The meaty pork ribs are savoury and cooked to perfection that the meat slide off the bone so easily. The pig stomach and intestines are fresh and yummy too, with a pleasant chewy texture.
Another plus point for Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh; in order to maintain the broth’s unique original taste, they do not practice in mixing Beancurd Puff, Mushrooms and Fried Crullers (You Tiao) together in the broth. These side dishes are served separately. The fried cruddlers are best eaten after dipping it in the fragrant broth. We also ordered a plate of freshly blanched lettuce to compliment our hearty meal.
As Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh tends to get crowded during both lunch and dinner time, do come earlier to skip the crowd.
Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh (PJ Old Town)
Address: 16 Jalan 1/10 46000 Petaling Jaya Selangor Malaysia
Opening Hours: 17:30 to 00:00 Tuesday to Sunday