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

Cherie Tan
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The one dish that Singaporeans usually turn to whenever the weather gets a little chilly or when it’s raining out is…

“肉骨茶” or Bak Kut Teh (literal translation: meat bone tea).

Bak Kut Teh In A Bowl
Source: Meatmen | giphy

And just in case you’re wondering, “Is there tea in Bak Kut Teh?”

NO.

Anyways, in Singapore, there are typically 2 types of Bak Kut Teh (BKT).

There’s the Teochew style, the most commonly found, which is peppery and sometimes garlicky.

But usually with a good spicy kick.

And there’s the Hokkien style (aka Klang or Malaysia style) which has a darker and richer soup base that is packed with herbs.

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

Best of all, they’re all under $10!


TL;DR: 20 Best Bak Kut Teh In Singapore Below $10

There are plenty of bak kut teh places in Singapore, but here are the top 20 best bak kut teh which most Singaporeans love.

And they’re all below $10 – just for the pork rib soup though.

Note: rice, youtiao (Chinese: fried dough sticks), and all the other trimmings aside.

Whether you prefer the Teochew peppery style or the Hokkien version with its rich, herbal goodness.

We gotchu.

Best Bak Kut Teh In SingaporeChinese NameTypeOutlet(s)Price For Pork Rib Soup (Standard)
333 Bak Kut Teh333肉骨茶Teochew PepperBalestier$8
Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh阿成肉骨茶Teochew PepperAng Mo Kio$6
Balestier Bak Kut Teh (Kian Lian)马里士他肉骨茶Teochew PepperBalestier$6
Founder Bak Kut Teh發起人肉骨茶Teochew PepperBalestier
Bugis
Downtown East
Jalan Sultan
$7.80
Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh興興肉骨茶Teochew PepperFarrer Park$5
Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh宏记药材肉骨茶Hokkien HerbalAng Mo Kio
Marsling
Upper Thomson
$5.70
Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh裕城肉骨茶Teochew PepperJurong East$7.50
Kee Hiong Klang Bak Kut Teh奇香吧生肉骨茶Hokkien HerbalPeople's Park Centre
Alexandra Hospital
$7
Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh老亚弟肉骨茶Teochew PepperWhampoa
$6.50
Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh梁记(巴生)肉骨茶Hokkien HerbalChui Huay Lim Club
Rangoon Road
MBS
RWS
$7
Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh黄亞细肉骨茶Teochew PepperChui Huay Lim Club
Marina Bay Sands
Rangoon Road
Resorts World Sentosa
$7.80
Old Street Bak Kut Teh老街肉骨茶Teochew Pepper18 outlets$6.80
Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh榕城肉骨茶Teochew PepperMidview City$7.80
Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh榮華肉骨茶Teochew PepperFusionopolis
Marina Square
Punggol
$7
Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh成记肉骨茶Teochew PepperAng Mo Kio$5
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh新興瓦煲肉骨茶Hokkien Herbal &
Teochew Pepper
Joo Chiat$8
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh松發肉骨茶Teochew Pepper10 outlets$6.50
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh順發肉骨茶Hokkien HerbalBedok
Chinatown
Jalan Kayu
Tanjong Katong
$7.90
Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh团缘肉骨茶Teochew PepperTiong Bahru$8
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh亚华肉骨茶Teochew Pepper8 outlets$7

Bookmark this page as you’ll never know when the BKT-feels will hit you!


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 BKT 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 it’s a tie between Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh and Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh at $5 for a standard bowl of pork rib soup.

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.


333 Bak Kut Teh (333肉骨茶 )

333 Bak Kut Teh
Source: @frootlupe | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

One of the famous bak kut teh stores in Balestier that serves a mean peppery pork ribs soup.

A popular supper spot especially amongst the clubbing crowd.

  • Address: 567 Balestier Rd, Singapore 329884
  • Operating Hours: 24 hours

Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh (阿成肉骨茶)

Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh
Source: @aorloas_ab | Instagram

Type: Teochew Style (Pepper)

I’m not very good with spice so I would describe Ah Seng’s Teochew rendition to be almost chokingly peppery.

But still very enjoyable.

  • Address: 453 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-06 Singapore 560453
  • Operating Hours: 6:30am – 8am (Daily; Closed on Mondays)

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

Source: @qingxiang | Burpple

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

While Balestier has a few famous bak kut teh specialists.

This is the one which most people are referring to when they say, “Let’s go have Balestier bak kut teh!”

Also known affectionately as 365 BKT amongst the supper crowd.

  • Address: 365 Balestier Road, Singapore 329785
  • Operating Hours: 24 hours

Founder Bak Kut Teh (發起人肉骨茶 )

Founder Bak Kut Teh
Source: @sugarnspicewithsandra | Instagram

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Founder bak kut teh is yet another Balestier bak kut teh specialist on this list.

But this one has a following which consists of 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 ($9.80)

Founder Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Founder Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Balestier347 Balestier Road, Singapore 32977712pm - 2:30pm (Daily)
6pm -2:30am (Daily)
(Closed Tues)
6352 6192
Bugis#01-01
530 North Bridge Road
Singapore 188747

9am - 3am (Daily)6255 3889
Downtown East#01-310
Market Square @ Downtown East E! Avenue
1 Pasir Ris Close Singapore 519599
10am – 10pm (Daily)6334 2588
Hotel Boss (Jalan Sultan)#01-09
500 Jalan Sultan Singapore 199020
9am - 5am (Daily)6816 2582

Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh (興興肉骨茶)

Heng Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh
Source: @huiqunx | Instagram

Kind: 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.

  • Address: 107 Owen Road Singapore 218914
  • Operating Hours: 7:30am – 9am, 11:30am – 2:30pm (Daily)

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

Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh
Source: @explodingbelly | Instagram
  • Kind: 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.

Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Ang Mo Kio#01-38
107 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
Singapore 560107
9am - 9:30pm (Daily)-
Marsling#01-329
Blk 19 Marsiling Lane
Singapore 730019
8am - 9:30pm (Daily)-
Upper Thomson910D Upper Thomson Rd
Singapore 787112
8am - 9:30pm (Daily)9682 2614

Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh (裕城肉骨茶)

Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh
Source: @mightyfoodie | Instagram

Kind: 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 than the bigger players.

All at a fraction of the price.

Try it and see for yourself.

  • Address: 349 Jurong East Ave 1 #01-1215 Singapore 600349
  • Operating Hours: 8am – 7:15pm (Daily; Closed on Mondays)

Kee Hiong Klang Bak Kut Teh (奇香吧生肉骨茶)

Kee Hiong Klang Bak Kut Teh
Source: @keehiongsg | Instagram

Kind: Hokkien Style (Herbal)

For those who prefer Malaysia-style bak kut teh, Kee Hiong Klang Bak Kut Teh offers the perfect representation of the herb-filled version of the dish.

Also, you know how dry ban mian is always nicer than the soup version?

Trust me on this. You’ll want to try their extra fragrant Dry Bak Kut Teh ($8.80) as well.

Kee Hiong Klang Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Kee Hiong Klang Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
People's Park Centre#01-05L
101 Upper Cross Street
Singapore 058357
11am - 8.30pm (Daily)6532 0380
Garden Cafe @ Alexandra HospitalBlk 29
378 Alexandra Rd Singapore 159964
7:30am - 8:30pm (Daily)9628 8719

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh (老亚弟肉骨茶 )

Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh
Source: @thesilverchef | Instagram

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

If you’re a fan of Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, you might find the 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.

  • Address: 34 Whampoa West $01-67 Singapore 330034
  • Operating Hours: 7am – 9pm (Daily)

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

Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh
Source: @zh3nbang | Instagram

Kind: Hokkien Style (Herbal) 

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

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

  • Address: 251 Geylang Road Singapore 389309
  • Operating Hours: 11am – 1:30am (Daily)

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh (黄亞细肉骨茶)

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh
Source: @shaoweiho | Instagram

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

If Ah Seng is an 8, and Rong Cheng is a 4, 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.

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Rangoon Road208 Rangoon Road
Hong Building
Singapore 218453
7am - 10pm (Daily)6291 4537
Chui Huay Lim Club#01-03
190 Keng Lee Road
Singapore 308409
9:30am - 9pm (Daily)6250 4537
Marina Bay Sands#B2-50
Rasapura Masters
2 Bayfront Avenue
Stall 15
Singapore 018972
10am - 10pm (Daily)-
Resorts World Sentosa#B1-217/218
26 Sentosa Gateway
Resorts World Sentosa
Singapore 098138
9am - 10pm (Mon - Thu, Sun)
9am - 12am (Fri - Sat)
6835 7540

Old Street Bak Kut Teh (老街肉骨茶)

Old Street Bak Kut Teh
Source: @paulineanghh | Instagram

Kind: 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 which allows me to DIY my own sauce.

Old Street Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Old Street Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating Hours
Alexandra Retail Centre#01-30/31
PSA Building
460 Alexandra Road
Singapore 119963
10am - 10pm (Daily)
Bukit Panjang Plaza#03-09A
1 Jelebu Road
Singapore 677743
Changi Airport Terminal 4#01-10
Terminal 4
10 Airport Boulevard
Singapore 819665
Compass One#01-36
1 Sengkang Square
SIngapore 545078
Funan Mall#B2 - 26
107 North Bridge Road
Singapore 179105
Hougang Mall#02-22
90 Hougang Mall Ave 10
Singapore 538766
Lot 1#B1-10/11
21 Choa Chu Kang Ave 4
Singapore 689812
Nex#B2-50/51
23 Serangoon Central
Singapore 556083
Paya Lebar Quarter#B2-02
10 Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 409057
Plaza Singapura#B2-07
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839
Stadium Place#01-22/22A
No. 1 Stadium Place
Singapore 397628
Sun Plaza#01-23/24
Sun Plaza
30 Sembawang Drive
Singapore 757713
Suntec City Mall$01-108A & 77
3 Temasek Boulevard
SIngapore 038983
Tampines Mall#B1-K17
4 Tampines Central 5
Singapore 529510
Tiong Bahru Plaza#02-105/106
302 Tiong Bahru Road
Singapore 168732
Westgate#B1 - 25
3 Gateway
Westgate Building
Singapore 68532
White Sands#02-07
1 Pasir Ris Central Street 3
Singapore 518457
Upper Paya Lebar129 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 534840

Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh (榕城肉骨茶)

Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh
Source: @rainraineeataway | Instagram

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

If Ah Seng’s pepperiness is level 8 on a scale of 1 to 10, then Rong Cheng Bak Kut Teh is a 4.

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.

  • Address: 26 Sin Ming Lane #01-114 Midview City Singapore 573971
  • Operating Hours: 9am – 9pm (Daily)

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh (榮華肉骨茶)

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh
Source: @eugene.teh | Instagram

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

The brand doesn’t have a long history like the some of the other BKT 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.

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Marina Square6 Raffles Boulevard , #02-201, Marina Square
Singapore 039594
10:30am - 10pm (Daily)6469 3536
Punggol Waterway Point83 Punggol Central, #B1-23, Singapore 82876110:30am - 10pm (Daily)6385 8765
Fusionopolis1 Fusionopolis Way #B1-13, Singapore 13863210:30am - 9pm (Mon - Sat)6463 3138

Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh (成记肉骨茶)

Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh
Source: Miss Tam Chiak

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

Besides the traditional Teochew style bak kut teh, you’ll be tempted to order the braised pig trotter as well – if you’re into that sort of thing.

Another dish you should order here – which I like – is the classic Teochew Steamed Fish.

  • Address: 453 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-06 Singapore 560453
  • Operating Hours: 6:30am – 8pm (Daily; Closed on Mondays)

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

Sin Heng Claypot Bak Kut Teh
Source: @pauline.seefood.diet | Instagram

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

Can’t decide what kind of BKT you want?

Why not have both at Sin Heng Bak Kut Teh?

  • Address: 439 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427652
  • Operating Hours: 6:30am – 8pm (Daily; Closed on Mondays)

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh (松發肉骨茶)

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Source: @williamwu388 | Instagram

Kind: Teochew Style (Pepper)

With 10 locations and growing, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is one of the more popular and commercialised BKT franchise.

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

That’s how popular they are!

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
11 New Bridge Road#01-01
11 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059383
9am - 9:15pm (Closed on Monday)6533 6128
17 New Bridge Road#01-01
17 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059386
11am - 10pm (Daily)6438 2858
The Centrepoint#02-29/30
176 Orchard Road
Singapore 238843
10:30am - 9:30pm (Daily)6734 8498
Chinatown Point#01-04
133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413
10:30am - 9:30pm (Daily)6443 1033
HarbourFront Centre#02-74/75
HarbourFront Centre
Singapore 099253
10:30am - 9:30pm (Daily)6272 8966
Jem#B1-09
Jem
50 Jurong Gateway Road
Singapore 608549
10:30am - 9:30pm (Daily)6262 4818
Jewel Changi Airport#B2-278/279/280
Singapore 819666
8am - 12am (Daily)6214 9368
Northpoint City#B1-48
930 Yishun Ave 2
Singapore 769098
Nearest MRT: Yishun
10:30am - 9:30pm (Daily)6257 8616
The Seletar Mall
#01-39/40/41
33 Sengkang West Avenue
Singapore 797653
10:30am - 9:30pm (Daily)6702 7688
UE BizHub East#01-38
North Tower Office
6 Changi Business Park Ave 1
Singapore 486017
10.30am - 9:15pm (Daily)6694 8098

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh (順發肉骨茶)

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh
Source: @chocolatetbasil | Instagram

Kind: Hokkien Style (Herbal)

Besides serving a really good bowl of herbal bak kut teh, Soon Huat BKT 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.

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Bedok302 Bedok Road
Singapore 469460
11am - 10pm (Daily)6273 3338
Chinatown Point#02-38
133 New Bridge Road
Singapore 059413
11am - 10pm (Daily)6677 6286
Jalan Kayu257 Jalan Kayu
Singapore 799458
11am - 10pm (Daily)6484 3454
KINEX#B1-K5
11 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 436950
10am - 10pm (Daily)6273 3338

Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh (团缘肉骨茶)

Tuan Yuan Bak Kut Teh
Source: @juliuslim | Instagram

Kind: 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.

  • Address: 127 Kim Tian Road #01-01 Singapore 160127
  • Operating Hours:
    • 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 9:30pm (Tue – Fri)
    • 11am – 9:30pm (Sat – Sun)

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (亚华肉骨茶)

Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
Source: @cookie_boy | Instagram

Kind: 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.

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Outlets

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh OutletsAddressOperating HoursContact No.
Bedok Point#01-05
799 New Upper Changi Road
Skingapore 467351
11:30am - 10pm (Daily)6282 0958
Havelock593 Havelock Rd
Singapore 169641
11am - 2am (Tue, Thu)
11am - 3am (Wed, Fri & Sat)
11am - 10pm (Sun)
6235 7716
Ion#B4-03/04
Food Opera @ ION Orchard
10:30am - 10pm
(Mon - Thu & Sun)

10:30pm - 11pm
(Fri - Sat)
-
Keppel#01-05/07
PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex
7 Keppel Rd
7am - 3am (Tue - Sat)
7am - 1am (Sun)
6222 9610
KovanHeartland Mall Level 2
205 Hougang Street 21
11am - 9:30pm
(Mon - Fri)

11am - 10pm
(Sat - Sun)
6282 5818
North Point#B1-196/197
1 Northpoint Drive
South Wing of Northpoint City
Singapore 768019
11:30am - 10pm (Daily)6258 6441
Parkway Parade#01-17
80 Marina Parade Road
Parkway Parade
Singapore 449269
11:30am - 10pm (Daily)6346 4178
Raffles City Shopping CentreBasement 1-44B
252 North Bridge Road
Singapore 179103
10:30am - 10pm (Daily)6264 7066

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