It’s too hard to choose the best Bak Kut Teh between Malaysia version and Singapore version as both have their distinctive characteristics.
The former features herbal broth while the latter has strong garlicky and peppery taste.
But in Johor Bahru, the closest city to Singapore is famed for serving exceptional Bak Kut Teh.
It can be Teochew style (clear soup) or Klang style (dark herbal soup), both of them can be found in different towns of this big city.
Let’s check it out!
Top 7 Best JB Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶
1. Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh (顺发肉骨茶)
With over 20 outlets all over Johor, Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh serves excellent Bak Kut Teh and it has an outlet near to the City Square in Johor Bahru.
Overloaded with tender pork and pork’s innards, the piping bowl of Bak Kut Teh has a clear broth that tastes sweet and the additional herbal flavour has maximised its charm.
Not a typical Teochew Bak Kut Teh as you can hardly to taste any pepperiness unless you request pepper to add it your own.
2. Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh @ Kota Tinggi (强记肉骨茶)
Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh differentiates themselves from others by serving a robust herbal flavour of Bak Kut Teh.
Cooked with various herbals and “dang gui” in charcoal, the broth offers you a comforting and unresisting flavour. In terms of pork ribs, it’s a bit firm but it tastes sweet naturally.
Often fully occupied with customers, it’s normal to them that their pork ribs are finished before noon time. So, we advise you to go there as early as you can.
3. Ah Soon Bak Kut Teh @ JB (亚顺肉骨茶)
The shop serves delightful Bak Kut Teh in Johor Bahru and always crowed with Bak Kut Teh lovers.
Comes in piping claypot, the Bak Kut Teh has a clear broth with numerous chunks of pork swimming inside. While chewing the tender pork, it delivers you its natural sweetness taste with little creamy texture.
The broth has a typical Teochew style flavour, relying on the natural taste of pork to enchant its taste. It’s best to sample the broth while it’s still steaming hot.
4. Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh (顺顺兴肉骨茶)
Strategically located opposite to the KSL Shopping Complex, Singaporeans often come here for a piping bowl of Bak Kut Teh after a tiring shopping. It serves TeoChew version of Bak Kut Teh but has a lighter flavour in overall.
At Soon Soon Heng, soup refill is available without imposing any charges. They serve typical Bak Kut Teh, which means only pork ribs are served in the claypot but additional ingredients such as pig tribe and fried beancurd can be added with additional charges.
5. Hin Hock Bak Kut Teh (兴福肉骨茶)
The owner of Hin Hock Bak Kut Teh, Ah Hock, started selling his self-identified Bak Kut Teh for over 30 years.
Serving Bak Kut Teh that rich in herbal flavour, many customers find it delicious and impossible to stop after taking the first sip.
For the braised pork, it’s served in great portion and the meat is tender. Besides, garlic fish is also a highly recommended dish at Hin Hock. Like other customers, you’ll be impressed by both of these dishes too.
6. Restoran Sze Hwa @ Kulai 世华肉骨茶 (Original Shop)
Running business for over 30 years with several branches in Johor Bahru and Kulai, people often synchronize Sze Hwa with the Kulai’s Bak Kut Teh.
Bak Kut Teh at Sze Hwa has a homely flavour and is served in a large portion, normally enough for 2. Aims at delivering authentic taste of Bak Kut Teh, their fragrant brownish broth has a garlicky taste and the pork ribs are meaty and chewy.
Yet, the simple and rustic interior reminds masses about the old times.
7. Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh (华美)
If you want to enjoy the typical Johorean Bak Kut Teh, then you must come to Hwa Mei Bak Kut The which located just beneath the ancient tree. It is just 10 minute walk from Johor Bahru Checkpoint (CIQ complex).
Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh has running more than 50 years and is only the shop in Johor Bahru still using the charcoal to cook Bak Kut Teh, rice and even boiling the water.
Their full-flavoured Bak Kut Teh not only serves you the choicest pork ribs but also the pig’s skin and pork belly. Both deliver you scrumptious bite. Same as most of the restaurants, the broth gives off a delicate herbal flavour and it tastes good too.