Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶 – Ya Hua Sets Up Bak Kut Teh Eatery At Tiong Bahru

Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶 - Ya Hua Sets Up Bak Kut Teh Eatery At Tiong Bahru

When the children of the founders of Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha 欧南园亚华肉骨茶 wanted to set up a shop on their own, they were not allowed to use the original brandname.

In a bold move, owner Mr Gwee Song How wanted his children to learn more about entrepreneur and hardship from ground zero, Thus, this new Bak Kut Teh shop at Tiong Bahru Kim Tian Road is called “Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶” instead, which symbolizes reunion and togetherness.

Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh occupies a space previously occupied by a kopitiam, which cost the family $4.75 million and another $500k in renovation and equipment. The shop is briskly occupied by many families on a weekday’s night visit.

It is BKT looking a lot more modern – you can take orders on an app before arrival, orders are done electronically, the eatery is fully air-conditioned, service crew in uniforms.

The vibe given was also friendly and lively, with the staff coming repeatedly to every table to ask if they need more stock.

Menu includes the Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup ($8), Spare Rib Soup ($10), Premium Spare Rib Soup ($20), Sliced Tenderloin Soup ($8), Pork Ball Soup ($8), and Fresh Sliced Garoupa Fish Soup ($12).

Even though Tuan Yuan is related to Ya Hua, the Bak Kut Teh tasted like there were differences – the stock is ‘cleaner’, not as peppery and salty, and I was more willing to have my seconds and thirds.

Also, this is one of the few times when we were served You Tiao (doughsticks) both crispy and fluffy. Fresh-tasting, unlike what some BKT eateries may offer in reality.

While the pork ribs were still tender (I requested for a more fatty version), I thought that the portion could be larger.

Perhaps they wanted us to create some space for its side dishes – Braised Dried Beancurd ($2), Braised Fried Beancurd ($2/$4), Braised Tau Kee ($2/$4) and Braised Peanuts ($2/$4). Note: slightly to the salty side.

There are ambitious plans for Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs to go further, to make it the one-stop shop for a Bak Kut Teh outing. I think it has the potential.

Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶
Block 127 Kim Tian Road #01-01 S(160127), Singapore 160127

(Tiong Bahru’s MRT station, Exit B, take the escalator up & take Bus 121 from Tiong Bahru’s Plaza bus stop. Alight at the next bus stop)
Tel: +65 6684 0123
Opening Hours: 8am – 3am (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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Hong Ji Bak Kut Teh (Ang Mo Kio)
Founder Bak Kut Teh (Rangoon Road)
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh (6th Avenue)
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (Chinatown Point)
A-One Bak Kut Teh (Star Vista)

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  1. Hi Daniel! We really appreciate you for writing this post for us! Do note that the operating hours 5pm-12am is only temporary! We will be changing back to full shift soon and will let u know the timing once confirmed! Do state it’s only temporary operating hours as it’s still our soft opening :) we will work on the 卤味 to prevent it from being too salty! Thank you so much! :)
    Tuan Yuan

  2. Hi Daniel! From the app, customers can even choose the level of pepper soup base for our soup based good items, and if they want garnish etc
    Thank you!? Appreciate it we will continue to work hard to serve customers better! :)

  3. $500 for renovation? Should be typo right?

  4. CS: I think $500 refers to Daniel’s fee for this write up lah! :)

  5. Hi Daniel,

    Our operating hours with effect from 01-01-2016 will be 11am-11pm (Tues-Sun)

    Thank you!


  6. Hi Daniel

    A slight change in our operating hours

    12pm – 10pm

    Thank you !

  7. Hi Daniel!
    Updating you with our final operating hours:

    8:00am – 3:00am starting 1st March 2016

    Closed on Mondays

    Thank you :)

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