Hello, sweater weather! Chillier days are upon us as we approach the end of the year, and there’s nothing more comforting than a hearty bowl of Bak Kut Teh to warm our bones.
Building on our previous list of favourite Bak Kut Teh outlets, here are some more good old Bak Kut Teh stalls that never fail to disappoint:
1. Friends Wok & Bak Kut Teh
Bak Kut Teh is usually made with Pork Ribs but, at Friends Wok & Bak Kut Teh, here’s your chance to try something different – a Lamb-Kut-Teh! This novel edition comes without any gamey taste, with a robust flavour that leaves you wanting more.
Take your pick from two types of soup, either in the herbal style, or the peppery Teochew rendition. The soup is slow-brewed for hours to extract the rich flavours, resulting in a burst of umami with each spoonful. Complete your meal with a range of zichar dishes, or savoury puffs and pastries.
BONUS: SAFRA members and servicemen can enjoy 10% off ala carte items from Monday to Thursday. More information here.
2. Nanjing Street Bak Kut Teh
Have you heard of Ong Say Bak Kut Teh? Instituted as the oldest Bak Kut Teh restaurant in Singapore, Ong Say’s Bak Kut Teh’s legacy carries on in the form of Nanjing Street Bak Kut Teh, which was opened by an employee of the former. Nanjing Street uses Ong Say’s original recipes for all its creations, infusing a taste of nostalgia in its dishes!
The Bak Kut Teh at Nanjing Street isn’t the usual soup that we’re accustomed to; instead, it offers a dark and herbal Bak Kut Teh of Hokkien origin. Look forward to having your soup with pork stomach, small intestines, braised peanuts, and stewed vegetables.
Fun fact: the soup is even made with the same dark soy sauce from Ong Say’s original supplier!
Location: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-89 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184 Order online here.
3. Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh Singapore
Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh originated from Kota Tinggi in Malaysia, where it operated out of a little pushcart. The brand then entered Johor Bahru, before making its foray into Singapore. Kota Zheng Zong uses a whopping 18 Chinese herbs to boil its soup, alongside generous servings of dark soy sauce and pork cut-offs, including the tail, belly, leg, and ribs.
Despite the use of pork belly, you’d be surprised to find that the soup isn’t that oily after all! Charge up your soup with some fried beancurd skin or button mushrooms for a wholesome meal.
4. Leong Kee Bak Kut Teh
Head to Leong Kee for a hearty dose of Malaysian style Bak Kut Teh. Using a traditional recipe from the Malaysian region of Klang, Leong Kee churns out a Bak Kut Teh that has a thicker consistency and cloudy appearance. Accompany your bowl with a generous serving of side dishes, such as salted vegetables, intestines, or the crowd-favoured stewed pork leg.
The Bak Kut Teh is served piping hot in a claypot, with fall-off-the-bone meat tenderness. Accentuate the flavours with a heaped spoonful of fresh minced garlic – the more, the better!
If you prefer, you can even opt for their non-pork herbal mutton soup.
Location: 251 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389309, https://www.facebook.com/Leong-Kee-Bak-Kut-Teh-SG-geylang
5. Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh
Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh has a rich history that dates back to the 1950s. They’ve now expanded to have outlets in Singapore and overseas! They’ve even innovated their business to offer D.I.Y. packs that allow customers to enjoy their Bak Kut Teh from home.
Ng Ah Sio’s Teochew rendition is delightfully peppery, with a rich, full-bodied, and robust flavour. Do have a glass of water ready as you gobble down your meal – you’ve been warned! The broth is made using peppercorns, which goes well with a side of braised pork dishes.
Go on a Bak Kut Teh adventure around Singapore, and check all of the above off your checklist. Oh, and don’t forget to check out Part 1 for 5 other shiok Bak Kut Teh places.
Warning: you simply might not be able to stop at one bowl!