Heng Kee Bak Kut Teh is famous in PJ Old Town, it is always crowded, and admittedly, the taste of the soup is really good. The price is pretty reasonable too, and the portions hearthy.
A bowl of yau char kwai (deep fried Chinese cruellers) to dip in the soup, RM1.00.
Lots of rice, garlic and chillies to complement the soupy bak kut teh.
We ordered a dish of green vegetables. The first time it came, it was sprinkled with lots of fried garlic and oil. And in the midst of all the garlic, we spotted a dead fly. Naturally, we sent it back. A replacement came, and as you can see in the above picture, no more fried garlic. I suppose they must have thrown away the garlic oil mix that they usually use for making this dish. We ever so cautiously ate the new plate of vegetables. Toward the end of our meal, we saw this...........
Arggggghhhhh!! Our replacement plate of vegetables also had a dead fly in it!!! Gag! Hubby-to-be was pissed off with the consecutive incidents and reported it to several waiters, none of whom did anything other than to smile and dismiss it ever so casually. When paying for the meal, we highlighted it to the head waiter (who looked like he could be one of the managers) who waived the price of the vegetable dish from our bill. He did, however, pretend not to recognise what the tiny dot on the plate was (refer to photo above) when we first showed it to him, and told him how we had a dead fly in our dish twice in a row. And this is why that was the last time we are ever going to eat at this shop.
Our rating system for overall satisfaction with what we eat and where we eat....
1-bam = don't even bother
2-bam = good enough to fill the tummy
3-bam = a very good restaurant in its category
4-bam = excellent cooking, worth a detour
5-bam = exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey
We would give this restaurant a 1-bam rating. Despite serving good bak kut teh, we wouldn't recommend this place to anyone due to the serious lapse in basic food safety and hygiene. Please avoid, unless flies are your idea of a good meal.