A recent exploration of the Ang Mo Kio neighbourhood led me to discover this herbal bak kut teh stall just a few bus stops away from my house and then I realised later this was the same BKT brand (main branch is at Marsiling Lane) that fellow foodie friends had recommended me some time back.
If you’re not a fan of those peppery and garlicky BKTs that can be quite monotonous in flavour, it’s worth checking out this BKT place because it serves up darker coloured Malaysian-style BKTs that are imbued with the flavours of herbs like danggui, star anise, liquorice root, clove, dried tangerine peel and yu zhu – all of which carry remarkable health benefits (read more about these herbs on their website here).
A mini BKT feast for just S$13.50. Perfect portion for two to share.
When the Signature Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh (S$5.50) was served, I thought the smell of herbs would be too overpowering for my liking. To my surprise, it didn’t taste over the top when I had a spoonful of the broth. In fact, the more I drank the broth, the more I loved it. It was just flavoursome, robust and comforting like a very nourishing soup. Made my tummy feel warm and fuzzy too. The individual portion came with 4 pieces of meaty ribs with some tender and some tough parts. There were also sliced button mushrooms, fried tofu puffs and lettuce leaves in it.
The Herbal Bak Kut Teh With Noodles (S$4.50) came in the same broth but the alkaline flavour of the thick yellow noodles was so strong that it gradually spoilt the original flavour of the broth which was a shame. I suggest to just stick with BKT and rice separately.
I loved the fried you tiao (S$1) that were fresh and had no reused oil taste. Though they were soft, they were not as doughy as some I had elsewhere and when I put them in the BKT broth or in the braising sauce of the peanuts, they just soaked up the liquid perfectly without becoming soggy.
The salted vegetables (S$1) were made up of sichuan vegetables as well as salted mustard greens. Perfect crunch but the level of saltiness was inconsistent on the two occasions I was there – either overly salty or just nice.
The braised peanuts (S$1) were tender and flavoursome. Rice was charged at S$0.50 per individual portion.
Service was very quick even during peak meal time. Just need to order at the counter and the food will be delivered to your table in no time. I’m just so glad that a good BKT stall like this is located near me so anytime when I have a BKT craving, I know where to go without having to travel to Malaysia for the same 😉 Highly recommended!
Hong Ji Claypot Herbal Bak Kut Teh
Blk 107 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 St 11
Tel: 9682 2614 / 8147 7159 (Contact: Siqi)
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HongjiBKT
Blk 19, Marsiling Lane
[Ang Mo Kio]
Blk 6006, Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 3
205 Sims Ave, Lor Geylang 21A
Blk 22, Sin Ming Road