Bak kut teh (Chinese: 肉骨茶) is undeniably one of Singaporean’s all-time favourite food. While great debates often ensue the mention of this dish over whether the peppery or herbal variety is the best, the truth is: they are both amazing and distinctive! In Singapore, we have a fair share of both types of bak kut teh, and even some that fuse both for an innovative twist.

1. Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh

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NG AH SIO Bak Kut Teh dates back to the 1950s when founder Mr Ng Ah Sio’s father sold the dish around the present-day River Valley and Hill Street vicinity. The first outlet was set up in 1977 and has since expanded with three more branches in Singapore and five outlets overseas. In addition, they have created retail packs that make bak kut teh accessible from the comfort of your own home.

Their bak kut teh is prepared in traditional Teochew methods, which is characterized by strong peppery notes. The broth gets soaked up by Chinese doughnuts, turning them into, especially addictive appetizers. It also goes exceptionally well with a bowl of steamed rice. Take your meal up a notch with their Teochew-style braised specialities, particularly the fork-tender pig’s trotters that are absolutely worthy of seconds.

Highlights

  • Authentic Teochew Style Bak Kut Teh Spice and Xiao Ye Gan Tea Leaves retail packs
  • Rich, peppery bak kut teh broth
  • Teochew-style braised specialities such as signature Teochew braised pig’s trotters and braised big intestine
AddressHong Building: 208 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218453
Chui Huay Lim Club: 190 Keng Lee Rd, #01-03 Singapore 308409
The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands: Rasapura Masters 2 Bayfront Ave, #B2-50, Stall 15 Singapore 018972
Resorts World Sentosa: 26 Sentosa Gateway #B1-217/218, The Forum, Singapore 098138
Contact NumberHong Building: +65 6291 4537
Chui Huay Lim Club: +65 6250 4537
Resorts World Sentosa: +65 6835 7540
Business HoursHong Building: 9 AM – 9 PM daily
Chui Huay Lim Club: 10.30 AM – 8 PM daily
The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands: 10AM – 8:30PM daily
Resorts World Sentosa: 10 AM – 9 PM daily

2. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh

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The name “Rong Hua” pays tribute to the bak kut teh chain’s history. It all started with a coolie from Nanyang called Ah Hua who developed a deep passion for the Teochew dish. He went on to find pupillage as a kitchen apprentice at a popular bak kut teh stall ran by his village elder, Uncle Rong. Ah Hua’s dedication to the craft earned him Uncle Rong’s affirmation, who appointed him successor to the business before he passed away.

Ah Hua found bak kut teh to be an effective energy booster with the use of herbs including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds and garlic. As such, the brand focuses on the health benefits of the ingredients, which they extract by slow-boiling the broth for hours. Notably, the soup’s peppery aroma is derived from carefully-sourced Sarawak White Peppercorn.

Highlights

  • Order online for delivery, pick-up or dine in
  • Peppery aroma derived from carefully-sourced Sarawak White Peppercorn
  • The broth maximizes health benefits extracted from the herbal ingredients
AddressMarina Square: 6 Raffles Boulevard #02-201, Singapore 039594
Punggol Waterway Point: 83 Punggol Central, #B1-23, Singapore 828761
Fusionopolis: 1 Fusionopolis Way #B1-13, Singapore 138632
Contact NumberMarina Square: +65 6469 3536
Punggol Waterway Point: +65 6385 8765
Fusionopolis: +65 6463 3138
Business HoursMarina Square: 10.30 AM – 8 PM daily
Punggol Waterway Point: 10.30 AM – 9 PM daily
Fusionopolis:
10.30 AM – 9 PM (Mon – Sat)
Closed on Sunday and Public Holidays

3. Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh

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Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh is a family business owned by Mr Lim and his four children. The acclaimed bak kut teh chain has been specializing in Malaysian-style bak kut teh since 1996. Unlike Teochew-style bak kut teh, Hong Ji’s broth downplays the pepper to instead spotlight the underlying herbal flavours – a result of slow-boiling more than 10 types of herbs for hours.

The bak kut teh is served in traditional claypots, which keep the food at an optimal temperature throughout your meal for an enjoyable dining experience. Besides rice, Hong Ji also has a range of noodle dishes that feature their signature pork-based soup.

Highlights

  • Order online for pick-up
  • Order online for delivery with minimum spend S$20
  • Free islandwide delivery for orders above S$50
AddressMarsiling: 19 Marsiling Ln, #01-329, Singapore 730019
Ang Mo Kio: Blk 107, #01-138 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, St 11 Singapore 560107
Upper Thomson: 910D Upper Thomson Road Singapore 787112
Contact Number+65 9682 2614
Business HoursMarsiling: 8 AM – 9.30 PM daily
Ang Mo Kio: 10 AM – 9 PM daily
Upper Thomson: 9 AM – 9.30 PM daily

4. Koon Bak Kut Teh

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Koon Bak Kut Teh has come a long way from their humble beginnings as an unassuming hawker stall. The traditional bak kut teh at Koon is a clear broth that comes with a pair of premium prime ribs. Besides, they pride themselves on their constant innovation that has produced unique items like fusion soups.

The restaurant offers an extensive range of other Singapore cuisines and side dishes to complement the bak kut teh. These include a collagen-rich Superior Chicken Stew and delectably charred Char Siew Chicken. At their Bukit Timah outlet, store exclusive extras are also sought-after by gourmets, especially the XO Chicken Pot.

Highlights

  • Islandwide delivery available on Grab, Deliveroo and Foodpanda
  • A vast range of popular chicken dishes, including a char siew chicken
  • Store exclusive extras at each outlet
AddressBukit Timah: 10 Cheong Chin Nam Rd, Singapore 599735
Lavender: 119 Lavender St, Singapore 338371
Contact NumberBukit Timah: +65 6463 0111
Lavender: +65 6229 0119
Business HoursBukit Timah: 11 AM – 1 AM daily
Lavender: 10.30 AM – 1 AM daily

5. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh

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The story of Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh is one of second chances and redemption. The founder, Mr Jabez Tan, was sentenced to 13 years of jail and 12 strokes of cane through his involvement in gang fights, theft, drug abuse and drug trafficking. At Changi prison, he worked as a dishwasher and quickly made the ranks of main chef in recognition of his outstanding culinary skills. When released, he was determined to turn a new leaf.

Subsequently, Mr Jabez Tan invented a bak kut teh recipe from scratch and ventured into the F&B industry, where he has since begun a new chapter of his life and found success. Soon Huat’s bak kut teh is a unique blend of the Malaysian and Singaporean styles, made indulgent with additional golden mushroom and beancurd skin. They also have the dried variety, which adds a distinct flair to the soup dish.

Highlights

  • Bak kut teh recipe made from scratch
  • Unique blend of Malaysian- and Singaporean-style bak kut teh
  • Dried bak kut teh available
Address253 Jln Kayu, Singapore 799479
Contact Number+65 6484 3454
Business Hours11.45 AM – 10 PM daily

6. Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh

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Leong Kee Bak Kut Teh utilizes a traditional recipe that originates from Klang, a region in Malaysia that is famous for herbal bak kut teh. Apart from the distinguished flavours, the dish also differs from Teochew bak kut teh with its thicker texture and cloudier appearance. For those who do not shy away from the pungency of garlic, accentuate your every bite with a cluster of those to add a potent, tantalizing kick.

The stall at Geylang offers a small collection of side dishes familiar to all bak kut teh enthusiasts, such as intestines, salted vegetables and chicken feet. Among them, the stewed pork leg is a crowd favourite, stealing the show with its tender pig trotter and sweet gravy.

Highlights

  • Klang-style herbal bak kut teh
  • Tender stewed pork leg prepared with a unique cooking method
  • Thick broths and generous toppings
Address251 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389309
Contact Number+65 9380 1718
Business Hours11 AM – 1.30 AM daily

7. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh

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With a modest stall in River Valley Road, sisters Madam Gwee Peck Hua and Madam Gwee Guek Hua worked tirelessly to craft the ultimate Teochew bak kut teh. The efforts were paid off with two consecutive years of Singapore Hawker Masters Award wins in 2012 and 2013.

With a total of three outposts in Singapore, the chain serves up fragrant bak kut teh with a choice of mee sua or rice. Uncomplicated side dishes like braised peanuts and salted vegetables add interesting texture to the meal. Additionally, there are a variety of Teochew cuisines featuring fresh seafood, such as the light, delicate Teochew Steamed Fish and Sliced Fish Soup.

Highlights

  • Award-winning Teochew bak kut teh recipe
  • Choice of authentic Teochew cuisines
  • Winner of Singapore Hawker Masters Award wins in 2012 and 2013
AddressHavelock: 593 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169641
PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex: 7 Keppel Rd, Singapore 089053
ION Orchard: Food Opera @ ION Orchard #B4-03/04, 238801
Contact NumberHavelock: +65 6235 7716
PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex: +65 6222 9610
ION Orchard:
Business HoursHavelock:
11 AM – 11 PM (Tue – Sat)
11 AM – 10 PM (Sun)
Closed on Monday
PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex:
7 AM – 3 AM (Tue – Sat)
7 AM – 1 AM (Sun)
Closed on Monday
ION Orchard:
10 AM – 10 PM daily

8. Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh

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Located in Joo Chiat, Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh is another contender in the Hokkien-style herbal bak kut teh category. The outlet stands out with their mouthwatering bowls of yam rice, imbued with the briny flavours of dried shrimps and dotted with cubes of crumbly yam. A spoonful of the yam rice, accompanied by the moreish broth and ample minced garlic, makes for a gratifying meal anytime of the day.

Sin Heng also prepares a range of delicious side dishes, including pork spare parts tossed with ginger and shallots in a thick, dark gravy. For something more filling, opt for the stir-fry cuisines, such as the fresh prawn with vermicelli.

Highlights

  • Delicious side dishes
  • Choice of stir-fry cuisines
  • Flavourful yam rice to go with the bak kut teh
Address439 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427652
Contact Number+65 6345 8754
Business Hours10 AM – 12 AM (Tue – Sun)
Closed on Monday

9. Legendary Bak Kut Teh

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Legendary Bak Kut Teh is established by founder Chui Chui who grew up on a pig farm. As a result, she amassed in-depth knowledge about pork. Combined with the cooking expertise of her husband, they conceived this friendly neighbourhood brand of bak kut teh. On top of operating restaurants and serving up appetizing bak kut teh, they sell spice packs for those looking to whip up the aromatic dish at home.

The bak kut teh scene is undoubtedly a competitive one, with so many excellent renditions in our tiny red dot alone. Legendary Bak Kut Teh equipped itself for the long run by having a quick-on-their-feet mindset and a readiness to reinvent their menu. Case in point, they frequently come up with frozen food items like homemade ngohhiang or even bubble tea to pique the interests of foodies.

Highlights

  • Free islandwide delivery with minimum spend S$60
  • Bak kut teh spice packs available
  • Launch of handmade frozen items from time to time
AddressClarke Quay: 46 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058679
Novena: 154 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218431
Contact NumberClarke Quay: +65 6535 9969
Novena: +65 6292 0938
Business HoursClarke Quay:
11 AM – 4 PM, 6 PM – 9 PM (Mon-Sat)
Closed on Sunday
Novena: 9 AM – 11 PM daily

10. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh

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Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is a bak kut teh empire with 12 outlets in Singapore, as well as multiple outposts in Indonesia, Thailand and Taiwan. With their international success, it’s hard to imagine their origin that traces back to a simple food cart on Johor Road in 1969. However, they stay true to their roots over the years and have earned a place on the Michelin Bib Gourmand for four consecutive years from 2016 to 2019.

Like most bak kut teh restaurants, Song Fa’s bak kut teh comes with a myriad of meat choices. Furthermore, they have a reasonable range of braised and side dishes. For a more convenient way of satiating your bak kut teh cravings, get their retail packs of either bak kut teh or braised spices, which can be used as a soup base for an exciting steamboat session.

Highlights

  • Bak kut teh or braised spices retail packs
  • 12 outlets in Singapore
  • Established presence in the international market
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