If you’re a fan of bak kut teh in Singapore, you’ve probably heard of Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. They’ve been serving up delicious, peppery bak kut teh for over 50 years. But did you know that they also have a kway chap shop in Punggol? Run by the second generation of the Song Fa BKT family, Song Fa Kway Chap offers traditional Teochew-style kway chap.
I’ve always loved kway chap since I was little. It’s a nostalgic dish that brings back a lot of childhood memories as there used to be a pretty good kway chap stall in the hawker centre near my old house, which my Dad would bring me there to eat every Sunday morning. Hence I’m pretty excited to try Song Fa Kway Chap. Let’s go!
Song Fa Kway Chap has only one outlet located at Northshore Plaza, Punggol. To get there, take the MRT to Punggol MRT Station and switch to the West Loop LRT Line. Alight at Samudera LRT station, which is connected to Northshore Plaza.
How to Order
Song Fa Kway Chap is a quick service restaurant with a simple, no-frills interior. To order, simply use the self-ordering kiosk located at the entrance. Grab your cutlery and condiments, find a table, and collect your order from the counter once it’s ready.
In addition to the regular kway chap, Song Fa Kway Chap also offers a peppery version of the dish. Think kway chap in a bak kut teh broth. If you’re not a fan of kway chap or offal, there are other options available, such as braised duck rice, braised duck noodles, and claypot dishes like Spicy Pork Ribs, Sesame Oil Chicken, and Baby Cabbage with Salted and Century Egg, which you can pair with rice.
Here’s what we got:
Kway Chap Set for 2
We ordered the Kway Chap Set for 2 and it came with neatly arranged braised ingredients on a plate, including pork belly, large intestine, egg, tau kwa, tau pok, and fish cake. The large intestines were carefully cleaned and had no unpleasant odour. They were cooked until tender, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that even folks with dentures could enjoy. The pork belly was tender and fatty, and the other items paired well with the braising sauce, especially the tau pok, which absorbed the sauce and packed a lot of flavour when bitten into. The chilli sauce provided was delicious for dipping the ingredients and had a tangy and mildly spicy taste.
The kway, which are broad rice noodles, were cooked to perfection – soft and not soggy, with just the right thickness. The chap, or broth, was flavourful and aromatic, completing the dish.
Braised Duck Rice Set
We also tried the Braised Duck Rice Set, which came with yam rice, duck meat, tau kwa, half braised egg, and preserved vegetables. The braising sauce was even thicker than the kway chap’s, and while it was flavourful and not too salty, it left a slightly bitter aftertaste. However, the duck meat was incredibly tender. The yam rice, on the other hand, was a bit bland in flavor, but I enjoyed the soft, fluffy bits of yam in the rice. Preserved vegetables were too salty though.
Unfortunately, the accompanying soup with goji berries was too sweet for my liking and didn’t match well with the duck rice. I would have preferred the kway chap’s broth instead.
All in all, the Kway Chap at Song Fa Kway Chap is definitely the star of the show and one of the best I’ve ever had in Singapore. Whether you’re a longtime fan of kway chap or a first-time visitor, you’re sure to leave satisfied and with a newfound appreciation for this humble yet delicious dish.