Bak Kut Teh must be one of Singapore’s most iconic food, in which many celebrities from overseas are huge fans of.
In Singapore, we typically get three styles of Bak Kut Teh which is the peppery Teochew style (the most commonly found), Hokkien style which incorporates dark soy sauce, and strong herbal-flavoured Cantonese style.
So I guess the “Circuit Breaker” did affect a number of Bak Kut Teh businesses in Singapore, leading to the recent Founder controversy.
I thought that other than Founder, perhaps we could also support many of the other BKT business. After all, it is good to have warm Bak Kut Teh that will be comforting to our bellies and soul.
Here are 12 must-try Bak Kut Teh shops in Singapore:
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Clarke Quay, 17 New Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 059386
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Song Fa is one of the most known BKT brands around, in fact the only BKT shop in Singapore awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
The Pork Ribs Soup is a must-try for its soft and tender pork ribs and trademark clear, peppery soup.
The broth is concocted with a blend of garlic and Sarawak peppers which is roasted in-house. You would find the soup alluring in terms of the spices, but not too excessive such that it would mask the sweetness of the pork.
Also, I generally find the soup light enough to have second or even third helpings, without feeling too rich or greasy.
As for the pork used, it comes from the belly side of the rib cage, and has less fats.
You get three chunks of lean pork ribs for each serving of this original Bak Kut Teh, faithful to the recipe of Yeo Eng Song back in the days. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (New Bridge Road)
– WhatsApp at +65 9383 6049 or http://wa.me/6593836049 from 10am – 8.30pm to order.
– Min Order $30, delivery fee $3
– FREE delivery for orders $50 and above
– Order at least 60 min or more in advance (as they can get overwhelming responses during peak hours).
Items include Pork Ribs ($8.15, $10.50), Prime Spare Ribs ($9.95), Pork Tendeloin ($7.90, $10.30), Pig’s Stomach ($8.70, $10.60), Sliced Fish Soup ($8.45), and Pig’s Stomach ($7.80, $9.95).
Other dishes include Braised Pig’s Trotter ($8.15), Large Intestines ($8.80), Braised Pork Belly ($8.6), Spicy Pork Belly ($8.90), Glazed BBQ Pork ($6.30), and sides.
They have also introduced Bento boxes of Braised Pork Bento ($8.99), Ngoh Hiang Bento ($9.99) and Pig’s Trotter Bento ($9.99).
Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh Singapore
15A Lorong Liput, Singapore 277742
Opening Hours: 11am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 10:30pm (Sat), 11am – 9:30pm (Sun)
The famous Restoran Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh 哥打正宗肉骨茶 first gained popularity as a pushcart stall at Kota Tinggi, and subsequently expanded to Johor Bahru and now Singapore.
It has two stores at Holland Village and Serangoon Garden.
While most traditional Bak Kut Teh uses pork off-cuts to brew their soup, Kota Zheng Zong Herbal Claypot Bak Kut Teh (Spare Pork Ribs, $11.90, $28.90, $49.90; Premium Pork Ribs $12.90, $29.90, $53.90) has a recipe includes various parts of the pig from ribs, belly, leg and tail. When you see all that fatty belly boiling in the rich stock, you know you are in for good stuff.
These parts are boiled together with a mix of 18 Chinese herbs and dark soy sauce for about 2 hours to achieve that complex-tasting broth.
You get that hearty, flavourful soup with mild-tasting herbal notes (not as strong as what you may expect) and surprisingly not that oily at all.
The pork ribs were meaty and tender – almost fall off the bones. Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh Singapore (Holland Village)
Islandwide delivery is from 12pm to 9pm from Monday to Sunday, last order 8pm. Online Order Form
Delivery orders will be delivered within 2 hours after confirmation. Advanced order for Delivery option for later timing is available. (Please allow +/- 30 minutes).
Minimum order of $30 is required for delivery (delivery fee varies depending on location).
Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶
Block 127 Kim Tian Road #01-01 S(160127), Singapore 160127
Tel: +65 6684 0123
Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Fri), 11am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
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.
So this 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.
Menu includes the Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup, Spare Rib Soup, Premium Spare Rib Soup, Sliced Tenderloin Soup, Pork Ball Soup, and Fresh Sliced Garoupa Fish Soup.
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. Tuan Yuan Pork Rib Soup (Tiong Bahru)
Have your signature peppery broth (customisable), succulent meat, and crispy youtiao at the comfort of your own home.
– Order Link: https://tuanyuanbkt.oddle.me
– Take $5 off (min spend $50) on your first online delivery order.
– Enter “TYBKT5” upon checkout
– Free delivery for orders above $100
If not, order online for pick up: http://www.tuanyuan.sg/order.html.
Founder Bak Kut Teh 发起人肉骨茶餐馆
347 Balestier Road, Singapore 329777
Tel: +65 6352 6192
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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, and yes JAY CHOU.)
“Founder’s Founder” who was a pig farmer, created the dish based on trial and error, not based on any formula – which is why it is called “Founder”.
The recipe is said to be made with the freshest meaty pork ribs, simmered in a specially formulated broth of herbs and spices.
Due to the recent “Founder in danger of closing down controversy”, there are many netizens commenting on the drop in standards of three of the Founder outlets. Perhaps also because some of the other stores are more catered to tourists.
If you want your best bet, head over to the original store at Balestier.
Free islandwide delivery with a min purchase of $30, from 10am to 9pm.
WhatsApp Call or Message +65 8896 5136 one day in advance to secure limited slots.
The brand has also launched their new Mama’s Homecooked Dishes from $5 onwards featuring dishes with quirky titles such as Too Moody to Eat (pan-fried ‘Marinated Garlic Chicken’), Neighbour’s “Ho Liao” (chicken feet with Special Home-cooked Black Bean Sauce), Grandma’s Pork Belly and more.
Takeaway option too – enjoy 10% off when you arrange for self pickup. Menu: https://www.facebook.com/founderbakkutteh/menu
Legendary Bak Kut Teh 發传人肉骨茶
154 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218431
Tel: +65 6292 0938
Opening Hours: 9am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Legendary Bak Kut Teh 發传人肉骨茶 is actually opened by the daughter of the owner of Founder Bak Kut Teh, in case you wonder about the similarities in name (发起人 vs 發传人).
Similarly, you would love the tenderness of the fresh Indonesian pork and peppery soup cooked with Sarawak peppercorn.
The classic Bak Kut Teh comes with a few combinations – normal, combo (with ribs), short ribs, all ribs.
I would recommend the Legendary Bak Kut Teh with Ribs combo where you can one entire long prime rib, along with some of its sides such as tau pok, Peanut, tau kee, and you tiao.
Loved that the soup was very hot, slightly sweet and very peppery. I could not stop sipping it down, or dipping the crispy you tiao down to absorb some of the stock.
Legendary Bak Kut Teh Singapore now available for take away and delivery from 9am – 11pm daily.
Items include Bak Kut Teh ($8, $9.50 – combo, $10.50 – short ribs, $11.50 – all ribs), Braised Pig Trotter ($10, $16, $20), Sliced Lean Meat Soup ($8), Mixed Pig Organ Soup ($8), Braised Pig Intestines ($8.50, $12.50, $16) and more.
Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh
Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, St 11, Blk 107 #01-38 Singapore 560107
Tel: +65 9682 2614
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:45pm (Mon – Sun)
Hong Ji’s selling point is the aromatic hot piping broth which takes 6 hours to cook, made with herbs such as dang shen, dang gui and dried tangerine peel.
Before it is served, you can already smell the fragrance a few metres away. The soup is light and not overly salty or overpowering, and I could easily finish two bowls of this.
The tender pork ribs are also cut into shorter lengths, such that they are easier to eat.
Interestingly, the soup also comes with other ingredients such as tau pok, mushroom and lettuce, which gives it a needed variety. Hong Ji Bak Kut Teh (Ang Mo Kio)
Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh at Ang Mo Kio Outlet is providing islandwide delivery. Minimum order $20.
They are also offering 50% OFF DELIVERY FEE till 4th May. Delivery fee ranges from $6 to $9.75 depending on distance (price afrer discount).
Free delivery for orders above $50.
NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh
208 Rangoon Rd, Hong Building, Singapore 218453
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh has been known for using the same recipe since 1955, offering savoury, pork-based peppery soup cooked in distinct Teochew style.
Crowd favourites include the Signature Bak Kut Teh which features meaty Premium Loin Ribs, and Combo Ribs Soup which is a medley of Premium Loin Ribs and Classic Pork Ribs.
The fragrant and robust soup is rendered by simmering choice cuts of pork ribs with garlic cloves, as well as a special blend of peppercorns. The peppercorns are said to be sourced from select countries for their distinct flavour profiles and aroma.
Best to be accompanied with chilli and dark soya sauce and servings of freshly-brewed Kung Fu tea.
NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh is available via takeaway and islandwide delivery. Order online at order.ngahsio.com.
Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup 諒記砂鍋當歸肉骨茶
120 Bukit Merah Lane, #01-18 Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore 150120
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup 諒記砂鍋當歸肉骨茶 at Alexandra Village Food Centre is home to Hokkien style of Bak Kuh Teh (pork rib soup) served in a traditional claypot – similar to the typical Malaysian versions.
It is awarded with a Michelin Plate in the Singapore Michelin Guide.
The menu is quite wide-ranging from Pork Rib Soup ($5, $5 $10), Pig Tail Soup ($5, $6, $10), Pig Trotter ($5, $6, $10), to Claypot Prawn Noodles ($5, $8), Meat Ball Soup ($5, $8), and Claypot Liver ($10, $12).
Available in different portion sizes, Leon Kee’s signature Pork Rib Soup ($5, $6, $10) is prepared using a flavourful, not-too-thick broth cooked with different Chinese herbs.
While there are fans who say this is possibly close to what you can find in Malaysia, I thought in comparison there wasn’t that strong herbal taste and full-bodied flavours.
I would say the broth was somewhere in the middle, in terms of heartiness, intensity and how hot it was. It won’t make you sweat like the usual peppery ones.
Available via WHY-Q.
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh
302 Bedok Road Singapore 469460
Tel: +65 6273 3338
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Other outlets: 257 Jalan Kayu, KINEX Mall B1-K5
Soon Huat Dining House is founded by Jabez Tan, an ex-offender-turned-chef who picked up his culinary skills while in Changi prison serving his last term.
He then developed and perfected his recipe of Bak Kut Teh, a luxurious soup that combines the best of Malaysian and Singaporean styles.
The dish uses premium pork ribs tenderly simmered in a complex broth, served with generous serving of golden mushrooms and tow kee.
Other recommended items include Bak Kut Teh Soup ($7.90), Dried Bak Kut Teh ($8.90), and Seafood White Mee Hoon ($9.90).
Islandwide Delivery via GrabFood
Old Street Bak Kut Teh
Various locations including: 129 Upper Paya Lebar Road Singapore 534840
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Old Street is Bak Kut Teh chain with 23 outlets located across Singapore, Indonesia, Shanghai and Bangkok.
While it is branded as a “heritage eatery”, it is quite ‘newly’ established in 2010, and specialises in Bak Kut Teh with herbal-broth with slight pepperiness and fall-of-the-bone tender pork ribs.
Customers can also order silky vermicelli noodles to go with the dish, or a side of freshly-made you tiao to dip into the broth.
For something more special, go for the Dry Bak Kut Teh with meaty ribs tossed in a wok with a spicy dark sauce gravy and ladyfingers, perfect with a bowl of steamed rice.
Islandwide delivery via https://oldstreetbakutteh.apdeliver.com/oldstreet/delivery
– Minimum Order $50
– Weekdays: 11am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 9pm
– Weekends: 11am – 9pm
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
593 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169641
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Tues – Sat), 11am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh has its humble beginnings in Outram Park estate, founded by Madam Gwee Peck Hua, with the recipe developed with sister Madam Gwee Guek Hwa.
The signatures are the Prime Cut Ribs, Ribs with other combinations such as Kidney Soup, Mee Sua with Minced Pork Ball, Intestine Soup, and Stomach Soup. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (Raffles City)
593 Havelock Road. Tel: +65 6235 7716, or via GrabFood
PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex #01-05/07. Tel: +65 6222 9610, or via Grabfood or FoodPanda
Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
6 Raffles Blvd, 02-201 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Tel: +65 6469 3536
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Experience local delicacy at Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh, a place to savour the flavours of traditional Teochew heritage.
Founded in the 1920s by Chinese immigrant Mr Chua Ah Hua, the humble food stall grown in size and perfection of its signature dish and other comforting dishes.
The complex taste of broth comes from simmering the pork bones in authentic herbs and spices. If you love your BKT peppery, then this is for you. Enjoy this soup with chilli slices and dark soy sauce.
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