8 Things Singaporean Should Know about Bak Kut Teh

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A direct translation of Bak Kut Teh, would mean “meat bone tea”. Basically it is a meat dish cook in broth and served widely in Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore claims that they have the best Bak Kut Teh in the world, but we are here to prove otherwise.


1) Bak Kut Teh is not supposed to have a peppery taste

Bak Kut Teh is supposed to be filled with herbs and spices. But in “sillypore” the only taste you will get would be a pepper soup taste.

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2) Bak Kut Teh is not supposed to be so expensive

A bowl of Bak Kut Teh in Singapore cost an average of RM20. In Malaysia you could get it at RM7, but of course many would first blame the Malaysian Ringgit for being at its lowest.

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3) Bak Kut Teh is not about Ribs

The only Bak Kut Teh you get in Singapore would be ribs! Try the ones in Malaysia and you can get a wide variety of meats.

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4) Bak Kut Teh should not close so early

Bak Kut Teh should be eaten early in the morning or late at night. Why close so open so late and close so early? You have got the timing all wrong.

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5) Google got it wrong

When you google the word Bak Kut Teh, automatically the first 10 results would be regarding Singapore. But this is where Google got it all wrong, there are no such thing as a good Bak Kut Teh in Singapore.

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6) Any Bak Kut Teh in Malaysia would be better

Pick any Bak Kut Teh off the street and you can be sure that it is better than any you could find in Singapore.

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7) They don’t deserve to be called Bak Kut Teh

Bak Kut Teh in Singapore should have their names changed to “Pepper Meat Soup” that could avoid many misunderstanding of the said dish.

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8) Bak Kut Teh is from Malaysia

There is no way Singapore was the place which Bak Kut Teh originated from. For the simple fact that it taste so bad.

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No offense Singaporean friends. But Malaysia’s Bak Kut Teh is hands down the best! Don’t you think?