Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh 松發肉骨茶 (New Bridge Road)

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh 松發肉骨茶 has been serving Teochew style Bak Kut Teh (pork ribs soup) to its customers since 1969. Today, they have 3 outlets. Two of which are located a few units away from each other along New Bridge Road, directly opposite Clarke Quay MRT station. 
Upon stepping into Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, I could feel a sense of nostalgic with its wooden ceiling, stools and tables that were used in the past and also the decoration with black and white photos of the olden days. What was most pleasant was that it was neat, clean and air-conditioned. 

Bak Kut Teh was invented by Chinese immigrants in Malaya in the 19th century. In those days, the immigrants were manual workers who were poor. As their job require lots of energy, they had to find ways to boost their energy. As such, they used cheap pork ribs and herbs like coriander, cloves, star anise and pepper to cook soup. Besides being able to drink the nutritious soup, they were also able to enjoy the meat on ribs. Satisfying their hunger pangs and the need to replenish their energy. As a result, the Teochew style Bak Kut Teh  (as what we know today) unlike the Klang version is peppery and clear. Personally, I prefer the Teochew Style Bak Kut Teh (I am a Teochew). 
They offer several many other dishes such as Pork Liver Soup, Pork Stomach Soup as well as Braised Pig Trotter to complement the peppery Bak Kut Teh as shown in the Menu above.

Pork Ribs Soup $6.50, Rice $0.60, You Tiao (油条) $1
I ordered the Pork Ribs Soup (Bak Kut Teh) along with a bowl of rice and You Tiao.
Pork Ribs Soup $6.50
Three pieces of pork ribs was served in the Pork Ribs Soup (Bak Kut Teh). The meat on the pork rib was quite tough; not as tender as I hope it would be. Fortunately, the soup saved the day. Clear, tasty and peppery. Full  garlic and star anise flavour, so aromatic. The soup was refillable and I refilled it three times in total! 
You Tiao (油条) $1
I could not resist ordering the You Tiao (油条) aka Dough Fritters to go along with the Bak Kut Teh. The best way to savour this is to dip it into the soup to allow it to soak up all the soup. Shiok! 

Overall, a decent bowl of Bak Kut Teh. Certainly not the best. In terms of price, it was affordable considering that the place was air conditioned and there was no service charge (the service in terms of ordering, serving, refilling of soup was prompt and efficient). 

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh 松發肉骨茶 (New Bridge Road)
17 New Bridge Road #01-01
Tel: 6438 2858
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 11am to 10pm
                          Closed on Sun

Songfa Bak Kut Teh (New Bridge Road) - a few units away
11 New Bridge Road #01-01
Tel: 6533 6128
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 7am to 10pm
                          Closed on Sun

Songfa Bak Kut Teh
UE BizHub East (North Tower Office)
#01-38, 6 Changi Business Park Ave 1
Tel: 6694 8098
Opening Hours: Daily 1030am to 930pm


  1. Ohhhhh!!!! My kind of food. Though I am not much into the meat, I love the BKT soup. Well, it was a decent meal in quite a comfortable setting.

    1. I love the BKT soup too! so heart warming!

  2. This is great article
    Thank you for the recipe
    I will try to cook

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