Afternoon (Meat Bone) Tea

Singapore

Translating to “meat bone tea,” Bak Kut Teh is a meaty Chinese soup made of pork ribs simmered in a broth of herbs and spices. In the past, the delicacy was enjoyed in the mornings and during rainy days. Today, you’ll find the soup anytime, anywhere—and usually with free refills, too! Whether you choose to have the peppery Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh or prefer the thicker Klang-style broth served in a clay pot, these Singaporean restaurants will satisfy your craving for the one and only Bak Kut Teh!

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Founder Bak Kut Teh (Balestier Road, Singapore)

發起人肉骨茶

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Slurp on Founder Bak Kut Teh’s Teochew-style broth, which comes with tender, fall-off-the-bone pork. The establishment only serves the freshest meat, including superior cuts of premium ribs. Add a plate of melt-in-your-mouth braised Pig’s Trotter, which is another must-try on the menu.

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Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (11 New Bridge Road)

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Song Fa Bak Kut Teh’s convenient location and fast service make it perfect for a quick fix of Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh. They’re known for scooping out a sweeter version of the soup, accompanied by soft chunks of meat. Waiters refill your bowl with hot broth regularly, providing an unlimited supply of Bak Kut Teh goodness! Song Fa turns into a tourist attraction as soon as noon hits, so come before or after the lunch rush.

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Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh (Geylang Road)

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Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh dishes out the best Klang-style Bak Kut Teh in Singapore! Served piping hot in a clay pot, the thick, cloudy soup is rich in herbal flavors. It also comes with a generous amount of pork ribs, bean curd skins, and vegetables. Pry off the tender meat with your chopsticks and take a bite to savor a deliciously marinated pork, browned for an extra layer of flavor. Sprinkle minced garlic onto your plate to let your Bak Kut Teh shine!

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Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House (Rangoon Road)

黄亚细肉骨茶餐

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To stand out from other Bak Kut Teh joints, Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House makes their Teochew-style soup extra peppery for a full blast of spice with each sip. The shop gets stuffy at peak hours, so plan your visit accordingly. Ready-made mixes are also available for you to enjoy the Bak Kut Teh experience at home!

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Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh (Marsiling Lane)

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Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh’s Klang-style soup uses more than 10 herbs, including Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica Root) and Dang Shen (Poor Man’s Ginseng). They cook the broth for six hours to serve a flavorsome bowl of Bak Kut Teh. Their recipe stems from a Malaysian hawker’s concoction, which the current owner improved on to become the well-loved signature dish it is today.

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Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha

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Open until 3:00AM (except Sundays), Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha is a favorite of Singapore’s night owls. The robust soup may be overpowering, but the spice is just right to give you a much-needed jolt. Make sure to get a plate of You Tiao (Chinese churros) to dip in your Bak Kut Teh!

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Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh

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Get the best of both worlds at Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh where both Teochew-style and Klang-style broths are on the menu. For a richer soup, request for additional abalone. They also have a wide array of “Zi Cha” (煮炒, Chinese home-cooked food) dishes to make a feast out of—ideal for family reunions and casual gatherings with friends.

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Old Street Bak Kut Teh (Plaza Singapura)

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Order a set menu at Old Street Bak Kut Teh for a complete meal: Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh, You Tiao, Tau Huay (豆花, beancurd in sweet syrup), and rice. The shop also serves dry Bak Kut Teh, which swaps the usual broth with a rich gravy spiced up with chilli padi (Bird’s Eye Chili).

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Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh

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A hit amongst Singapore’s older generations, Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh’s Teochew-style soup is light and mildly seasoned. Here, they prepare their Bak Kut Teh daily by cooking the pork ribs in water with pepper and garlic. Following tradition, Rong Cheng encourages you to pair your meal with a cup of traditional Chinese tea.

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Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh (Fusionopolis)

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Situated above the One North MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station, Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh serves traditional Teochew-style soup. Popular with the area’s working class, the restaurant also offers free soup refills to give you a boost of energy in the middle of a busy day!

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Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup

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Fresh Indonesian pork (boiled for hours to guarantee tenderness) and Sarawak white peppers make Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup’s Teochew-style broth extremely full-bodied. The restaurant’s You Tiao, known for being delectably crispy, is also the ultimate companion to your Bak Kut Teh! Order a pot of Chinese tea, which the shop sources from one of Singapore’s oldest tea merchants, Pek Sin Choon. Tuan Yuan may exude modernity in its design, but the attentive and caring staff will make you feel right at home.

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Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh

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Enjoy a serving of delicious Dried Bak Kut Teh at Soon Huat! To achieve its gooey gravy, they reduce the soup, incorporate dark soya sauce, and add dried chili, okra, and cuttlefish for a richer flavor. Just like its innovative take on the traditional delicacy, the restaurant—founded by a former prison chef who served 12 years in jail—pushes boundaries by employing reformed individuals to give them a second chance at life.

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Legendary Bak Kut Teh (Rangoon Road)

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Legendary Bak Kut Teh was a branch of Founder Bak Kut Teh before rebranding in 2016, so expect the same high-quality Teochew-style soup here. Peek into the kitchen and discover pots of Bak Kut Teh brewing—one for the broth, where pork backbones are stewed for hours to add a naturally sweet kick; and another for the pork ribs, which are boiled for 30 to 40 minutes to get that fall-off-the-bone goodness. Take spoonfuls of the delicious soup, as you gaze at the walls adorned with photos of celebrities who, like you, love the shop’s Bak Kut Teh.

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