Bak Kut Teh or directly translated, “meat bone tea”, is a very popular dish in Singapore. The most common reiteration of this dish is pork ribs in a clear, peppery soup. There is also a black herbal version of this dish and personally, it is the version which I prefer.
The herbal version is the Hokkien version and to some, originated from Klang. Whatever the case, I personally like the herbal taste.
Morning Bak Kut Teh is located on the first level of Hong Lim Food Centre, just behind Chinatown Point. It is the first stall which you would pass by if you came out from the rear entrance of Chinatown Point. The stall is tended to by a middle-aged man and two ladies. I usually go for the normal bowl of Bak Kut Teh ($5), a plate of dough fritters (or “You Tiao”) ($1) and a bowl of white rice ($0.50). This would cost $6.50 in total.
The meat is really tender and the soup has a strong, sweet herbal taste. If I had to pick my favourite Bak Kut Teh, this would be it. The soup is so good that you should drink it on its own. You can always ask for soup refills. It’s free as always at most Bak Kut Teh stalls. Oh and do not let the name of the stall deceive you. They do not only operate in the mornings. They usually open till mid to late afternoons. It does get rather crowded during lunch hours on weekdays and seating is limited due to the fact that it is situated in a food centre.
Morning Bak Kut Teh
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #01-72, Hong Lim Centre, Singapore 051531