Another peppery one to add to your list. Singaporeans love spice and with Song Fa’s mix, you can replicate the heartland favourite within your kitchen. The fragrant spices will penetrate the pork even if you’re only cooking it for a short period of time. But of course, the longer the better.
Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
$3.50 from redmart.com
It’s famous and good. Don’t think overrated bland broths. With Ya Hua, their spices are flavourful and not overpowering. It’s a peppery soup that’s great for a rainy evening in. Also, no preservatives and low in fat. And they’re almost always sold out.
ILC BAH KUT TEA SPICES
$6.10 for a pack of four, from Fairprice
It’s on the peppery side, but not so tongue-numbing that it overwhelms the sweetness of the pork ribs. But its
lingering saltiness made
PEARLING BRAND GINSENG BAK KUT TEA SPICES
$4.60 for a pack of three, from Fairprice
This will hit the spot if you prefer a more herbal bak kut teh – the ginseng flavour was distinct but not overly bitter. It tasted even better with a dash of pepper.
A1 BAK KUT TEH SPICES
$3, from major supermarkets
The flavour of the spices is subtle, and the soup tasted more like a thin braised pork gravy. It’s neither peppery nor herbal, although it’s sweeter than the other premixes – probably from the dark soya sauce and oyster sauce I added, according to the packet instructions.
NEW MOON BAK KUT TEH TRADITIONAL
$2.85, from major supermarkets
This premix wins hands down for being the tastiest soup, with a robust, peppery punch that gave the dish heat without drowning the sweetness of the pork ribs. It’s addictive – we slurped the pot dry.
PRIMA TASTE READY-TO- COOK SAUCE KIT FOR BAK KUT TEH
$7.40, from major supermarkets
The mildest broth, this tasted neither peppery nor herbal. The slightly sweet flavour may appeal to those who like their bak kut teh on the subtle side.