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Best Bak Kut Teh (BKT) In Singapore: Teochew Peppery & Hokkien Herbal Style

profileCherie Tan

When the weather gets a bit chilly and it is raining out, a good dish to have is a hearty bowl of ‘肉骨茶’ or Bak Kut Teh (literal translation: meat bone tea).

In Singapore, you can typically find two types of bak kut teh.

There’s the Teochew style bak kut teh which is peppery, garlicky and has a bit of a kick to it.

There is also the Hokkien style (aka Klang or Malaysia style) bak kut teh that has a darker and richer soup base that is packed with herbs.

Source: Johor Kaki

Regardless of which type of bak kut teh you prefer, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best bak kut teh in Singapore.

The best part? They all cost $10 and below for just the pork rib soup without the rice, youtiao (Chinese for fried dough sticks), and all the other side dishes


TL;DR: 18 Best Bak Kut Teh In Singapore Below $10

There are plenty of bak kut teh places in Singapore, but here are 18 of the best bak kut teh joints that Singaporeans love.

Best Bak Kut Teh In SingaporeChinese NameTypeOutlet(s)Price For Pork Rib Soup (Standard)
333 Bak Kut Teh333肉骨茶Teochew PepperBalestier$8
Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian)马里士他肉骨茶Balestier$7
Founder Bak Kut Teh發起人肉骨茶Balestier$9.80
Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh興興肉骨茶Farrer Park$7
Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh裕城肉骨茶Jurong East$6.90
Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh老亚弟肉骨茶Whampoa
$7.60
Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh黄亞细肉骨茶Chui Huay Lim Club
Marina Bay Sands
Rangoon Road
$7.80
Old Street Bak Kut Teh老街肉骨茶18 outlets island wide$8.60
Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh榕城肉骨茶Sin Ming$7
Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh榮華肉骨茶Fusionopolis
Marina Square
Punggol
$7
Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh成记肉骨茶Ang Mo Kio$5
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh松發肉骨茶13 outlets$8.10
Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh团缘肉骨茶Tiong Bahru$8
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh亚华肉骨茶Havelock Road
Tanjong Pagar Complex
Kovan Heartland Mall
$8.90
Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh宏记药材肉骨茶Hokkien HerbalAng Mo Kio
Marsling
$5.70
Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh梁记(巴生)肉骨茶Geylang$7
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh順發肉骨茶Bedok
Chinatown
Jalan Kayu
Tanjong Katong
$7.90
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh新興瓦煲肉骨茶Hokkien Herbal &
Teochew Pepper
Joo Chiat$9

Information is accurate as of 4 September 2021. Do note that prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Some Commonly Asked Questions About Bak Kut Teh

Which Is the Best Bak Kut Teh?

The best bak kut teh is the one that is closest to me whenever I have BKT-feels.

That’s why we included locations and the price list for your ease of reference!

Although it seems like Balestier is the best place to be in, if you ever have bak kut teh cravings, considering the number of bak kut teh options available in that area.

Which Is The Cheapest Bak Kut Teh?

From our compilation, it looks like Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh’s (Teowchew Pepper) $5 standard bowl of pork rib soup and Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh’s (Hokkien herbal) $5.70 bowl of pork rib soups are your best bets.

What’s In Bak Kut Teh And Is Bak Kut Teh Healthy?

Considering that bak kut teh is usually prepared with meaty (and often fatty) pork ribs simmered in a rich broth of herbs and spices.

It’s hard to believe that eating it will confer any health properties given that a copious amount of fat goes into the preparation of this dish.

So unless the bak kut teh was prepared with lean cuts of pork, it’s not the most healthy thing to have.

Just in case you’re counting calories, a bowl of bak kut teh is about 323cal.

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1. 333 Bak Kut Teh (333肉骨茶 )

Source: @frootlupe | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

333 Bak Kut Teh is a notable bak kut teh stall in Balestier that serves up a mean peppery pork ribs soup.

This spot is especially popular amongst the supper crowd as the place opens till 6am in the morning.

You can order their Signature Pork Ribs Soup which costs $8 for a small bowl and $10 for the bigger bowl.

333 Bak Kut Teh Address

J W Building
325 Balestier Rd
#01-01 J W Building
Singapore 329754

333 Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Daily (5.30pm – 6am)

333 Bak Kut Teh Number

6498 8993

2. Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) or 365 BKT (马里士他肉骨茶 )

Source: @qingxiang | Burpple

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

While Balestier has a few famous bak kut teh spots.

Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian) is what most people are referring to when they say, ‘Let’s go have Balestier bak kut teh!’

This place is also known affectionately as 365 BKT amongst the supper crowd.

Their Classic Bak Kut Teh Soup will set you back $7 per bowl.

Balestier Bak Kut Teh Address

365 and 369 Balestier Road
Singapore 329785

Balestier Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Open 24/7

Balestier Bak Kut Teh Number

6951 4798

3. Founder Bak Kut Teh (發起人肉骨茶 )

Source: @sugarnspicewithsandra | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Founder Bak Kut Teh is yet another famous Balestier bak kut teh joint on this list.

But this spot has a famous clientele that includes celebrities like Jay Chou, Eason Chan, S.H.E., Zhang Zi Yi, Fann Wong, and Stefanie Sun.

If you ever feel like treating yourself, be sure to try the signature Founder’s Bak Kut Teh which will set you back $9.80.

Founder Bak Kut Teh Address

Founder Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact Number
Balestier347 Balestier Road, Singapore 329777Daily (11:45am - 12 midnight)

Closed on Tuesday
6352 6192

4. Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh (興興肉骨茶)

Source: @huiqunx | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

The soup here is on the clearer side and is less peppery than other restaurants like Ng Ah Sio and Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh.

If you’re watching your diet, you’ll be happy to know that Heng Heng uses leaner cuts of pork to create their delicious broth.

Their Pork Rib Soup will set you back $7.

Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh Address

107 Owen Road
Singapore 218914

Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Daily (7:30am – 2:30pm)
Closed on Tuesday

Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh Number

6292 4913

5. Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh (裕城肉骨茶)

Source: @mightyfoodie | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

The great thing about independent stores like Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh is that they can offer the same (or better) taste as the bigger players.

All at a fraction of the price as their Pork Ribs Soup goes for $6.90.

Try it and see for yourself.

Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh Address

349 Jurong East Ave 1
#01-1215
Singapore 600349

Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Tue – Sat (8am – 7:15pm)
Sunday (8am – 3:30pm)
Closed on Monday

Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh Number

91118129

6. Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh (老亚弟肉骨茶 )

Source: @thesilverchef | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

If you’re a fan of Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, you might find Lau Ah Tee’s version a little familiar.

And that’s because the owner learnt the recipe from his uncle, Ng Mui Song – the founder of Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh.

Their Pork Ribs Soup goes for $7.60 a bowl.

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh Address

34 Whampoa West
#01-67
Singapore 330034

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh Operating hours

Daily (7am – 9pm)

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh Number

9755 5250

7. Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh (黄亞细肉骨茶)

Source: @shaoweiho | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

If Ah Seng is an 8, and Rong Cheng is a four, then Ng Ah Sio is a 10 on the ‘how peppery is this BKT?’ scale.

And it’s all thanks to Mr Ng Mui Song’s son, Ng Ah Sio, who took over the business in 1977 (20 years since it was first founded) and boosted the peppery taste of the soup.

If you like your bak kut teh robust and fiery, then you know where to go.

Their Classic Pork Ribs Soup goes for $7.80.

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Chui Huay Lim Club190 Keng Lee Road
#01-03
Singapore 308409
Daily (10:30am - 8pm)

Last order by 8pm
6250 4537
Rangoon RoadHong Building
208 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218453
Daily (9am - 9pm)

Last order by 9pm
6291 4537
Marina Bay SandsRasapura Masters
2 Bayfront Avenue
#B2-50
Stall 15
Singapore 018972
Daily (10am - 11pm)-

8. Old Street Bak Kut Teh (老街肉骨茶)

Source: @paulineanghh | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Old Street Bak Kut Teh’s sauce counter always makes me feel like I’m at Hai Di Lao, a hot pot place that allows me to DIY my own sauce.

Their Pork Ribs Soup – Small costs $8.60.

Old Street Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Old Street Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating Hours
Alexandra Retail CentrePSA Building
460 Alexandra Road
#01-30/31
Singapore 119963
10am - 10pm (Daily)
Bukit Panjang Plaza1 Jelebu Road
#03-09A
Singapore 677743
Changi Airport Terminal 410 Airport Boulevard
#01-10
Singapore 819665
Compass One1 Sengkang Square
#01-36
SIngapore 545078
Funan Mall107 North Bridge Road
#B2 - 26
Singapore 179105
Hougang Mall90 Hougang Mall Ave 10
#02-22
Singapore 538766
Lot 121 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
#B1-10/11
Singapore 689812
Nex23 Serangoon Central
#B2-50/51
Singapore 556083
Paya Lebar Quarter10 Paya Lebar Road
#B2-02
Singapore 409057
Plaza Singapura68 Orchard Road
#B2-07
Singapore 238839
Stadium PlaceNo. 1 Stadium Place
#01-22/22A
Singapore 397628
Sun Plaza30 Sembawang Drive
#01-23/24
Singapore 757713
Suntec City Mall3 Temasek Boulevard
$01-108A & 77
Singapore 038983
Tampines Mall4 Tampines Central 5
#B1-K17
Singapore 529510
Tiong Bahru Plaza302 Tiong Bahru Road
#02-105/106
Singapore 168732
Westgate3 Gateway
Westgate Building
#B1 - 25
Singapore 68532
White Sands1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3
#02-07
Singapore 518457
Upper Paya Lebar129 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 534840

9. Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh (榕城肉骨茶)

Source: @rainraineeataway | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

If Ah Seng’s pepperiness is level eight on a scale of one to 10, then Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh is a four.

Light and mild enough to keep drinking without needing to take breaks to douse the fire in your throat.

Expect long queues on weekend mornings.

Their Pork Rib Soup will set you back $7.

Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh Address

26 Sin Ming Lane
Midview City
#01-114
Singapore 573971

Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Mon – Sat (7am – 9pm)
Sun (8am – 9pm)

10. Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh (榮華肉骨茶)

Source: @eugene.teh | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

The brand doesn’t have a long history like some of the other bak kut teh names in this list.

But the balanced use of garlic and pepper provides just enough kick without overpowering the sweetness of the broth.

I particularly like that soup refills are always offered, even without asking.

Their Pork Rib Soup will set you back $7 for the small bowl and $9 for the big bowl.

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Marina Square6 Raffles Boulevard , #02-201
Singapore 039594
Daily (10:30am - 10pm)6469 3536
Punggol Waterway Point83 Punggol Central #B1-23
Singapore 828761
Daily (10:30am - 9pm)6385 8765
Fusionopolis1 Fusionopolis Way #B1-13
Singapore 138632
Mon - Sat (10:30am - 9pm)

Closed on Sun & PH
6463 3138

11. Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh (成记肉骨茶)

Source: Miss Tam Chiak

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Besides the traditional Teochew style bak kut teh, you’ll be tempted to order the braised pig trotter as from Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh too.

Another dish you should order here which is a personal favourite of mine is the classic Teochew Steamed Fish.

You can get their Pork Ribs Soup for $5 – $8 depending on the size of the bowl.

Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh Address

453 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
#01-06
Singapore 560453

Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Daily (6.30am – 8pm)
Closed on Mondays

12. Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (松發肉骨茶)

Source: @williamwu388 | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

With 13 locations and growing, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is one of the more popular and commercialised bak kut teh franchises.

I would recommend that you visit another outlet than North Bridge’s as it is usually packed.

That’s how popular they are!

Their Pork Ribs Soup goes for $8.10 for the small bowl and $10.20 for the bigger bowl.

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
11 New Bridge Road11 New Bridge Road
#01-01
Singapore 059383
Daily (9.30am - 9.30pm)6533 6128
17 New Bridge Road 17 New Bridge Road
#01-01
Singapore 059386
Daily (11am - 10pm)
(Temporarily Closed)
6438 2858
Chinatown Point#01-04
133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH (10:30am - 9:00pm)
6443 1033
ESR BizPark @ Changi#01-38
North Tower Office
6 Changi Business Park Ave 1
Singapore 486017
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri - Sat 11:00am - 9:15pm)
Sun 10:30am - 9:00pm
PH (10:30am - 9:15pm)
6694 8098
HarbourFront Centre#02-74/75
HarbourFront Centre
Singapore 099253
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
6272 8966
Jem#B1-09
Jem
50 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 608549
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
6262 4818
Jewel Changi Airport#B2-278/279/280
Singapore 819666
Mon - Sun & PH (11:30am - 9:30pm)6214 9368
Northpoint City#B1-48
930 Yishun Ave 2
Singapore 769098
Nearest MRT: Yishun
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH (10:30am - 9:00pm)
6257 8616
Suntec CityFountain Court
3 Temasek Boulevard
#B1-132
Singapore 038983
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH (10:30am - 9:00pm)
6970 8312
The Centrepoint#02-29/30
176 Orchard Road
Singapore 238843
Mon – Sat (11:30am - 9:00pm)
Sun & PH (11:00am - 9:00pm)
6734 8498
The Seletar Mall#01-39/40/41
33 Sengkang West Avenue
Singapore 797653
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH (10:30am - 9:00pm)
6702 7688
[email protected] Square#01-56/57/58
238 Thomson Road
Singapore 307683
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30 pm)
Sun & PH (10:30 am - 9:00pm)
6261 5283
Waterway Point#01-24 (West Wing)
83 Punggol Central
Singapore 828761
Mon – Thu (11:00am - 9:00pm)
Fri – Sat (11:00am - 9:30pm)
Sun & PH (10:30am - 9:00pm)
6242 8946

13. Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh (团缘肉骨茶)

Source: @juliuslim | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Own and operated by bak kut teh expert, Frankie Gwee, whose family is behind the famous Outram Park Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh.

The attention and quality of Tuan Yuan’s bak kut teh can be seen (and tasted) in the owner’s insistence of only using quality ingredients like fresh pork from Indonesia.

An additional perk is that this restaurant is air-conditioned as compared to most other traditional bak kut teh spots.

Their Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup cost $8 a bowl.

Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh Address

127 Kim Tian Road
#01-01
Singapore 160127

Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Mon – Fri (11am – 2:30pm + 5pm – 9:30pm)
Sat – Sun & PH (11am – 9:30pm)

Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh Number

6684 0123

14. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (亚华肉骨茶)

Source: @cookie_boy | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Also known as Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh, they serve Teochew-style BKT that has just the right amount of peppery flavour for me without it overpowering everything.

The Gwee family have been in the bak kut teh business for more than 45 years.

So if anyone knows how to do bak kut teh… it’s Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh.

Their Pork Rib soup goes for $8.90 a bowl.

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Havelock Road Isetan Office Building#01-01/02
593 Havelock Rd
Singapore 169641
Wed, Fri & Sat (11am – 3am)

Tue & Thu (11am – 2am)

Sun (11am – 10pm)

Closed on Monday
6235 7716
Keppel Road Outlet PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex7 Keppel Rd
#01-05/07
Singapore 089053
Tues – Sat (7am – 3am)
Sun (7am – 1am)

Closed on Monday
6222 9610
Kovan Heartland Mall205 Hougang Street 21
Level 2
Singapore 530205
Daily (10am - 11pm)6282 5818

Next up we have the Hokkien style herbal bak kut teh joints.

15. Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh (宏记药材肉骨茶)

Source: @explodingbelly | Instagram

Type: Hokkien Style (Herbal)

West-siders will know Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh as the famous “Marsiling bak kut teh”.

If you’re feeling lazy, Hong Ji provides delivery services on their website.

Alternatively, you can opt for self-collection as well if you don’t intend to dine in.

Their Original Claypot Bak Kut Teh will set you back $5.70. 

Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Ang Mo Kio107 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
#01-138
Singapore 560107
Daily (9am - 9pm)9682 2614
MarslingBlk 19 Marsiling Lane
#01-329
Singapore 730019
Daily (7am - 9pm)9799 2614

16. Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh (梁记(巴生)肉骨茶)

Type: Hokkien Style (Herbal)

If you’re ever craving the dark, herbal soup which is the signature of Klang bak kut teh.

Source: @zh3nbang | Instagram

Leong Kee Bak Kut Teh is probably one of the better Klang style bak kut teh that you can find in Singapore.

You can get a bowl of Pork Ribs Soup for $7.

Shiok.

Leng Kee Bak Kut Teh Address

251 Geylang Road
Singapore 389309

Leng Kee Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Daily (11am -12:30am)
Closed on Tuesdays

Leng Kee Bak Kut Teh Number

9380 1718

17. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh (順發肉骨茶)

Source: @chocolatetbasil | Instagram

Type Hokkien Style (Herbal)

Besides serving a really good bowl of herbal bak kut teh, Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh is all about second chances as their social mission is to, “To provide ex-offenders a new start in life with a meaningful career”.

If that does not make you want to patronise them, I don’t know what else would.

Their Bak Kut Teh cost just $7.90 a bowl.

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Bedok Shopping
Complex
302 Bedok Road
Singapore 469460
Daily (11am - 10pm)6273 3338
Jalan Kayu253 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799479
Daily (11:45am - 10pm)6484 3454
KINEX11 Tanjong Katong Road
#B1-K5
Singapore 436950
Daily (10am - 9pm)6386 6916

18. Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh (新興瓦煲肉骨茶)

Source: @pauline.seefood.diet | Instagram

Type: Hokkien Style (Herbal) and Teochew Style (Pepper)

Can’t decide what kind of bak kut teh you want?

Why not have both at Sin Heng Bak Kut Teh?

Their Special Bak Koot Teh starts from $9.

Sin Heng Bak Kut Teh Address

439 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427652

Sin Heng Bak Kut Teh Operating Hours

Daily (10am – 12am midnight)
Closed on Mondays

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