Tong Sheng Bak Kut Teh
Can't head to Malaysia anytime soon and craving for some herbal Bak Kut Teh? Or do you enjoy having the dry-style Bak Kut Teh? Then head to Tong Sheng Bak Kut Teh, located at the unassuming Pandan Gardens for some heart-warming soupy goodness!
Unlike the peppery Singapore style pork bone broth, Tong Sheng Bak Kut Teh has a herbal bittersweet soup that is served in a claypot. The soup version comes in 3 sizes, ($6.50 / $13 / $26) and the soup is refillable!
We weren't expecting much as this was a random find because we got lost, but the bak kut teh came with not just your usual bak kut (pork bone), we found spare ribs, liver, pork belly, pork stomach, mushrooms, tang-oh and beancurd skin. For some of these ingredients, you can also opt to purchase an extra set!
We usually prefer the peppery bak kut teh but were pleasantly surprise that it wasn't that herbally here. Though the soup was dark-looking, you won't be overwhelmed with the herbs. Instead, it just had that slight tinge of bitter herb taste. It was a hearty bowl of soup after a long day at work!
We also ordered their Sesame Oil Chicken ($7.50) as it was highly recommended by the staff. The chicken were all tender and perfectly soaked in the goodness of the sesame oil. We also loved the scallions as it provided a refreshing touch from the rich and fragrant flavour of the sauce.
Since they also served the dry Bak Kut Teh ($7.50 / $15 / $30), we decided to try it as well! And the verdict is that we loved this even more than the herbal soup version, #sorrynotsorry!
We love the addition of the lady's finger sliced into cubes as it soaked in all the spicy sauce. This didn't have any herbal taste and instead had more of a "gong bao" flavour. The ingredients were also very generous and we almost wanted to have an extra serving of rice to complement this!
Overall we really love this surprising find and will go back to try their Braised Pig's Trotter, Vinegar Pig's Trotter and also their Fish Head and Fish Tail as we were law-abiding citizens and went in a party of two, we can't really try that many dishes!
You can find their menu here.
Tong Sheng Bak Kut Teh (同勝肉骨茶)
Blk 416 Pandan Gardens, #01-125, Singapore 600416
Nearest MRT station: Jurong East MRT