Founder Bak Kut Teh – Is This Jay Chou’s Favourite BKT?
Sometime back, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek post at HungryGoWhere on where to find the king of Mando pop Jay Chou in Singapore (and yes, he had a concert in Singapore 2 weeks back), and guess what…
Seems like the abs-solutely lean and fit Jay Chou cannot resist a bowl of hot piping peppery Bak Kut Teh from Founder at Balestier for supper. (According to sources: Jay had Bak Kut Teh Ribs along with Pig’s Trotter, salted vegetable, jelly and coconut.)
He loved it so much he ordered a take-away from the new Rangoon branch two days later. Not that it is hurting his waist-line one bit. (His abs should be my aim, but anyway…)
Founder is one of Singapore’s most famous Bak Kut Teh shop, known for having its entire walls pasted with pictures of celebrities. Actually almost every Asian celeb I can recognize has been here, from mega-stars, Hong Kong actors, singers to MediaCorp artistes (Emil Chau, Sandra Ng, Lee Hom, S.H.E. Fann Wong etc).
Founder’s Founder who was a pig farmer is said to have founded/created the dish based on trial and error, not based on any formula – which is why it is called Founder. He never wanted to open a branch to maintain the consistency of his BKT, but finally allowed his daughter to open her own at Rangoon Road.
Competitor Ng Ah Sio is just a walk away, but that’s not stopping customers from packing the new Founder BKT.
I would recommend the Founder Bak Kut The with Ribs combo ($8.00) where you can one entire long prime rib, along with some of its sides such as Tau Pok ($3.00), Peanut ($3.00), Tau Kee ($3.00) and You Tiao ($1.50).
Their Bak Kut Teh is such comfort food! The soup was very hot (like warm-hot-hot), slightly sweet and very peppery, and I could not stop sipping it down, or dipping the crispy You Tiao down to absorb some of the stock. For once, the You Tiao actually tasted fresh and fluffy, whereas many other shops’ are cold and hard.
No offence to The Founder, but I think your daughter Chui Chui did a really good job. In fact, I think I may have preferred dining at this Rangoon branch more than the Balestier branch – service better, cooler aircon, and the soup just feels warmer. (I ordered 3 soup refills, and they were all poured in a friendly manner.)
The only draw-back that I have that would make it the perfect bowl is that the pork felt slightly tougher compared to some of my other favourite BKT brands.
Biggest shock of my dinner. Owner Mdm Chua and her daughter Cathryn requested to take a photo with ME, “Emm… are you the fitness instructor who eats… too much?”
Fortunately, I did not come in my baggy tees, shorts and slippers. Okay, I may possibly land up in one of Founder’s Wall of Fame. LOL.
Founder Bak Ku Teh Rangoon Road 发起人肉骨茶餐馆
154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431 (10 min walk from Farrer Park MRT), Tel: +65 6292 0938
Opening Hours: 9:00am-10:30pm (Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sun, Closed Wed)
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