Bak kut teh in Singapore
Bak kut teh is the ultimate comfort food in Singapore, with hearty broth sporting thick cuts of meat, especially comforting in rainy weather. This dish literally translates to ‘pork bone tea’, but you won’t find any tea in this pork-laden soup. In fact, tea is usually enjoyed alongside bak kut teh, to cut through the heaviness of the meat.
There are so many different versions of the dish to explore too. While I grew up eating the peppery, Teochew-style bak kut teh, I have also come to enjoy the Hokkien style, which tastes more herbaceous. There’s even dry BKT, with ribs tossed in a dark sauce, commonly found in Malaysia. Our list rounds these different types up with 12 best bak kut teh in Singapore, including dry Klang BKT, 80-year-old Hokkien BKT and more.
1. Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh
West-siders may be familiar with Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh, a Teochew-style BKT stall in Jurong East. It’s run by second-generation hawker Mr Chua, who previously worked as a risk analyst. Their current menu sees family recipes fine-tuned over the years.
We enjoyed their Prime Ribs Bak Kut Teh ($8.50) which comes with two tender prime ribs, steeped in a garlicky, peppery broth. Double the meaty goodness with their Pig Trotters ($5.50), cooked in an aromatic sauce. We recommend getting Youtiao ($1) on the side, so you can mop up every bit of the soup and gravy.
Check out our Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh review!
Address: Blk 349 Jurong East Avenue 1, #01-1215, Kai Xiang Food Centre, Singapore 600349
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 7:15pm
Tel: 9111 8129
2. Nanjing Street Bak Kut Teh