ABC HERBAL CLAYPOT BAK KUT TEH – SIN MING, SINGAPORE


Rib
Pork slices which I suspect is jowl portion
My fav lady’s fingers
Cuttlefish shreds that gives the flavour
Damn power Chilli and garlic soaked in thick sweet sauce
Don’t forget to try the Green Thai Milk Tea while you’re there!

Intro:

Found this rare gem from leads from some of my customers. This stall heats up some serious Malaysian style herbal Bak Kut Teh and stays hot in the claypots! Damn yummy lah!

Taste:

I was highly recommended to the dry Bak Kut Teh so I ordered that. Really good with strips of yummy pork which tasted like from the jowl part. Not too salty and super yummy with rice. Came with a bowl of soup which was bursting with herbal infusion and quite peppery. Wonder if the peppery part if added to suit Singaporeans? Well, it’s not bad so no complains! I will come again with the other foodies to try the vinegar pig trotters and the Bak Kut Teh soup version.

Price:

$6.50 for the claypot and $0.50 for rice.

Portion:

Average.

Service:

Self-service.

Waiting Time:

10mins cos cooked on the spot. Lunch hours be prepared to wait from 12-2pm.

Rating:

5/5.

Location:

18 Sin Ming Lane Midview City Foodcourt

Hours:

10am to 8pm

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DFTBA Kitchen – Farrer Park, Singapore


One look at the name you must be wondering what this kitchen is cooking right? Well this place is a little hidden gem which I discovered recently for BKT… Yes, Bak Kut Teh!

Weird is the fact this place is located nearby 2 other famous BKT places! Why compete with these big guys? Well they have an advantage. They sell herbal BKT and also dry ones. Other advantage is, their prices are cheaper than the other 2!

So WTH does DFTBA means? It literally means Don’t Forget To Be Awesome. And owner Connie,  a retired police officer, never fails to be. She has since invited old folks from homes for lunch at their premise and they all enjoyed the food! Opening DFTBA in May 2015 is totally out of passion for cooking and good food!

I have since visited DFTBA twice and both occasions the food didn’t fail me. Check out the pics below!

Housed in Hoe Lye Coffeeshop
Located at far left corner
Yummy herbal BKT. Not exactly like your Malaysian dark soup type but this is a pleasant light herbal soup
Dry BKT. Love the way they fry it with shredded cuttlefish. Damn yums and eating with white rice is a must!
Latest inclusion. Braised pork leg. Very nice and very tender.
Ngoh Hiang. Very nice side dish.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Very nice. The passion is felt through the food from the owner. Try their Sesame Oil Chicken and Sambal Lady’s Finger if you have a bigger group.

Portion: Average.

Service: Excellent. Their laughter a are contagious!

Ambience: Coffeeshop. Can get quite hot.

Price: In the range of $5 and $10 portions.

RTE: Oh yeah when the craving comes!

Location: 97 Rangoon Road (2016 – They have moved to 335 Smith Street Hawker Centre #02-119)

Hours: 11.30am -8pm (Closed on Sun)

Social Media: https://m.facebook.com/DFTBA-Kitchen-1538748553038669/

Instagram: @dftba.kitchen

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老街肉骨茶 (Old Street Bak Kut Teh) – Upper Paya Lebar, Singapore


I was looking for a place for lunch one of the early afternoons around Paya Lebar area when this super loud signage caught my attention. So I went in and found a table at one corner. Although it is named Old Street, this joint has the latest gadgets for their Order Management System! I was so impress with the iPads on every table and patrons can order their foods at the comfort of their table! Check out my review below:

The loud signage I was talking about...
The loud signage I was talking about… Quite cool right?
iPad order management system
iPad order management system
I'm impressed!
I’m impressed!
Wah this set looks worth it! At $8.50 you get a bowl of bak kut teh, you tiao, soy bean curd and a bowl of rice!
Wah this set looks worth it! At $8.50 you get a bowl of bak kut teh, you tiao, soy bean curd and a bowl of rice!
Side dishes!
Side dishes!
After adding your orders, this message pops up to let you know your order has gone through.
After adding your orders, this message pops up to let you know your order has gone through.
For the tables not along the walls, you pull this out to order!
For the tables not along the walls, you pull this out to order!
This is at 12.15pm...
This is at 12.15pm…
Help yourselves with the condiments and sauces...
Help yourselves with the condiments and sauces…
Traditionally, bak kut teh is usually accompanied by brewing a pot of chinese tea... Check out the tap for topping up the water by the side....
Traditionally, bak kut teh is usually accompanied by brewing a pot of chinese tea… Check out the tap for topping up the water by the side….
I was expecting a small bowl of bak kut teh prolly with 3 miserable pieces of pork ribs/bones. But there was 4 pieces with 2 rather meaty ribs. Soup was really wholesome and peppery, love it!
I was expecting a small bowl of bak kut teh prolly with 3 miserable pieces of pork ribs/bones. But there was 4 pieces with 2 rather meaty ribs. Soup was really wholesome and peppery, love it!
You tiao (doughsticks) are served hot and fresh! Awesome selling point!
You tiao (doughsticks) are served hot and fresh to go with your soup! Awesome selling point!
Braised small intestines. Really nice and good portioning! - S$6.50
Braised small intestines. Really nice and good portioning! – S$6.50
Soy bean curd is smooth and silky!
Soy bean curd is smooth and silky!
My damage...
My damage…

Overall Rating: 4.5/5. Although it is a little on the pricey side with GST, the food is really of good quality and taste. It would be cheaper if I wasn’t alone. Nevertheless, thumbs up and would revisit soon!

Location: 129 Upper Paya Lebar Road.

Teochew Bak Kut Teh (Balestier Road)


Saw this new Bak Kut Teh place open not too long ago along Balestier Rd just after Rocca building. Have been wanting to try it, so was there during the holidays to check out if the food has something to shout about since they have converted the entire corner coffee shop into an airconditioned eatery with open air seating for smokers.

Walked into the shop during dinner time, was almost full inside. Basically all the staff there are all from China… No Teochews around… But the aircondition was really bad… it was hot!!! So I moved outside instead which was a lot cooler! So I placed my orders and realise the prices are not that cheap also.

The place
Bak Kut Teh - Only 3 pieces of pork ribs. Quite meaty though. But $5 for this small bowl.
Braised Pork Leg ($5) - Not bad quite tender but the taste... not like the normal black sauce braised lor taste... it's just not there yet...
Salted Vegetables - Not bad... but it's sweet... sigh. $2 per plate
You Tiao - For dipping into the soup. $1 per bowl.

Rating: 3/5

Taste: Soup has loads of pork taste in it which is good. BUT, too much white pepper!!! It was so much that I couldn’t talk after that. I felt irritated at the throat after drinking more than 5 spoonfuls of the soup. MSG can be tasted also… which is bad. Cut the pepper and MSG by half, the soup will be a lot better.

Portion: Below average

Price: Stated along with the pics.

RTE: Not in the near future. I rather pay a little more to have better stuff from the Founder Bak Kut Teh just down the next road.

Location: Round the corner of Balestier Road after Rocca Building