Discover the Soul of Singapore Through Its Bak Kut Teh

March 7, 2024

Bak Kut Teh, a beloved Singaporean comfort food, literally translates to "meat bone tea." This dish, with its deep, aromatic broth infused with herbs and spices, serves not just as a meal but as a warm embrace of Singaporean culture. Today, we're journeying through the streets of Singapore to highlight seven Bak Kut Teh stalls that have captured the hearts of locals and travelers alike.

1. Heng Heng Bak Kut Teh

Starting our tour with a stall that's all about tradition. Heng Heng Bak Kut Teh has been serving bowls of peppery, garlicky goodness for decades. Their broth, rich and flavorful, is a testament to the time-honored methods passed down through generations.

Heng Heng Bak Kut Teh
107 Owen Rd, Singapore 218914
Opening Hour: Daily, 7:30 am–2:30 pm
Photos: Linda Tanadi • Yulianto Maliang • Joe Goh • Kenneth Ong • A G

2. Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh

Known for its tender pork ribs and a broth that strikes the perfect balance between pepper and herbal notes, Lau Ah Tee is a must-visit for anyone looking to understand the subtleties of this dish. Their dedication to quality and consistency has made them a favorite among locals.

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh34 Whampoa W, #01-67, Singapore 330034
Opening Hour: Daily, 7 am–9 pm
Photos: Tommy Lim • Cheng-Choon Si • Jack Ng • Josh Kuek (#jkgourmets)

3. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh

Offering a slightly more herbal variant of the dish, Ya Hua stands out for its robust and hearty broth. The depth of flavor here is remarkable, with each sip revealing layers of complexity. It's a spot where tradition meets a touch of innovation.

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
593 Havelock Rd, #01-01/02, Singapore 169641
Opening Hour: 11 am–11 pm (closed on Monday)
Photos: Bryan Tan • Dennis Chong • Ronnie Ho • Sandy Ho • Lean C

4. Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup

A modern take on the classic Bak Kut Teh, Tuan Yuan offers a cozy atmosphere alongside their delicious offerings. Their pork ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, and the soup is a perfect blend of spices that will leave you craving more.

Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup
127 Kim Tian Rd, #01-01, Singapore 160127
Opening Hour:  11 am–2:30 pm and 5–9:30 pm (closed on Monday)
Photos: Gavin Lim • IKM • Benjamin T P Tan (btptan) • Wei Lien Tay

5. Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha

A branch of the Ya Hua family, this stall continues the legacy with its signature herbal broth. The ambiance here adds to the experience, making it a perfect spot for those late-night Bak Kut Teh cravings.

Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
7 Keppel Rd, #01-05/07 PSA, Singapore 089053
Opening Hour: 7 am–10 pm (closed on Monday)
Photos: CP • Song Jin Ch'ng • Omar Shoman • Tonghau Khor • wu eric

6. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh

Soon Huat's version is all about the pepper kick. For those who love a good, spicy broth that clears the sinuses, this is your go-to. Their generous servings and friendly service make every visit a pleasure.

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh
257 Jln Kayu, Singapore 799485
Opening Hour: 11 am–10 pm
Photos: Benjamin T P Tan (btptan) • Pearl Pearl • Victoria L. • Joseph Lum

7. Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh

Last but not least, Hong Ji offers a claypot version that enriches the broth's herbal flavors, making every bite a delightful experience. Their commitment to freshness and the use of quality ingredients is evident in every bowl.

Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh
11 #01-138 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Block 107, Singapore 560107
Opening Hour: 9 am–9 pm
Photos: Hang Ming Chung • David Yeo • J Seng • MatadorToro Smith

Each of these stalls brings something unique to the table, contributing to the rich tapestry of Singapore's food scene. Whether you're a Bak Kut Teh aficionado or a curious foodie looking to explore Singaporean cuisine, these spots promise an authentic and unforgettable culinary journey. So, grab a spoon, and let's dive into the world of Bak Kut Teh, where every bowl tells a story of heritage, passion, and the unwavering love for good food.

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