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Old Street Bak Kut Teh
Plaza Singapura #B2-07. Open daily, 10am-10pm. Check oldstreetbakkutteh.com for more outlets and opening hours.
They’re one of the few places in Singapore that offer dry bak kut teh, which is more like a braised dish. The dish comes with a choice of two meats, pork ribs or pork belly strips. Their you tiao and soyabean milk are good too. Go for their value-for-money set meal –$12.90 gets you a bowl of bak kut teh, rice, you tiao, tea or coffee and a beancurd dessert.
Legendary Bak Kut Teh
154 Rangoon Road. Open daily, 9am-11pm, closed on Wed.
Previously called Founder Bak Kut Teh (they changed their name after splitting off from their parent Founder franchise, mentioned later on), this is one of the older shops in Singapore that regularly has long queues for supper and dinner.
They bring both styles of soupy bak kut teh to the table: the peppery Teochew-style commonly found islandwide and the common Malaysian Klang-style herbal claypot. The food is good – even great, but it’s also more pricey than other stalls.
Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh
Hong Building, 208 Rangoon Road. Open Tue to Sun, 7am-10pm. Check ngahsio.com for more outlets and opening hours.
Further down the road from Legendary is another stall that has managed to separate itself from other bak kut teh stalls. The soup here is peppery and garlicky. If you’re a fan of having whole cloves of garlic nestled among tender pork in your soup, this is the place to go. But be prepared to sweat: the stall, located at a street corner, can get stuffy. They too, are also more expensive than other bak kut teh stalls.
New Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh
257 Jalan Kayu, Jalan Kayu Estate. Open daily, 10am-10pm.
The stalls sits on a stretch fill with prata stalls that are often crowded at supper time. Offering mainly the herbal variety of bak kut teh with ginseng, red dates and star anise thrown into the broth, you can also order other Chinese dishes to go with the tender pork ribs. We like that it’s relatively affordable and accessible – especially if you live in Sengkang and Punggol.
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
Isetan office building, 593 Havelock Road #01-01/02. Open Tue,Thur: 11am-2am, Wed, Fri, Sat: 11am-3am, Sun: 11am-10pm. Check yahuabakkutteh.com for more outlets and opening hours.
The opening hours are confusing, as are their unexpected locations, but the bak kut teh here is worth travelling to. The pork is tender and the broth, a delicate balance of peppery and meaty, although this can be inconsistent at times. There’s a good range of side dishes to go with it too.
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Founder Bak Kut Teh
New Orchird Hotel, 347 Balestier Road. Open 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-2am, closed on Tues. Hotel Boss, 500 Jalan Sultan #01-09. Open daily 9am-5am.
This s the place to head to if you have a late-night supper date with Hubby. They serve up a great peppery broth, the portions are generous and the service quick (so you can get home to sleeping children who will invariably wake up when you’re gone).
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
#01-04 Chinatown Point. Open daily, 10.30am-9.30pm. Check songfa.com.sg for more outlets and opening hours.
This popular chain offers good quality bak kut teh at relatively affordable prices. The quality of their broth varies from outlet to outlet – we prefer the one at the Chinatown Point outlet.
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh
439 Joo Chiat Road. Open Tues-Sat, 7.30am-4pm, Sun, 7.30am-1pm.
Also offering herbal bak kut teh in a claypot, the broth is almost medicinal. You can make it a richer indulgence by adding abalone to the soup.