Our next stop was Tangkak as Dr K wanted to buy some tau sar piah. Conveniently along the same street, there were 2 eateries that looked very popular.
Our first lunch stop was Restoran Kuang Fei, famous for Tangkak beef noodles. We shared the Beef Noodles (RM8 for small, RM9 for big, RM12 for additional ingredients). The small portion was quite little, but the soup was awesome! While the beef was not very tender, we thought it was flavourful with a good bite.
We were en-route to our dim sum breakfast, when we walked past this rather popular Bak Kut Teh restaurant seemingly in the middle of nowhere, and so… we postponed dim sum to lunch *LOL*
Service was efficient; basically we were ushered to a table, asked a few questions and viola, our food was served rather quickly… all without seeing the menu 😛
Conveniently located just opposite KSL Mall, we thought we would check it out since the reviews seemed quite favorable. We got ourselves some Bak Kut Teh, and Pig’s Trotters. For the Bak Kut Teh, we had the option of adding ingredients, so we just randomly pointed to a few, haha!
This Bak Kut Teh was neither too peppery nor herbal. Not too bad if you prefer milder flavors, but it could feel like some oomph was missing. We spent a total of RM68 for this meal.
Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh
Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh
Restoran Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh
- Location: 43, Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia (Google Maps)
- Direction: 11 min drive from Johor Bahru CIQ Complex
- Hrs: 9am – 9pm (Wed-Mon)
We were pleasantly surprised to find out that another bak kut teh shop has sprang up in this area, especially after our poor experience with another outlet (which has ceased operations since then).
Located near the famous Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice shop, we guess competition must be pretty steep. On a Tuesday night, both places were relatively quiet, and we thought that we should give bak kut teh a try 🙂
In addition to bak kut teh, this place also does zhi char stuff, and the sets that they were offering included both bak kut teh and steamed fish. We did not feel like having fish though, so we opted for:
- Prime Rib Bak Kut Teh ($9+10% service charge): More expensive than the normal $6.50 pork rib version, the soup was quite peppery and heartwarming, but the meat was unfortunately quite a letdown. The meat was not particularly tender, neither did it absorb the flavours of the soup. We topped up soup twice since it was the better part of this dish.
- Braised Intestines ($6.50+): This was definitely better than the bak kut teh. We like that it was tender but yet had sufficient bite to it.
- Kailan with Oyster Sauce ($6+): This was pretty standard.
- Claypot Beancurd ($12+ for small): The beancurd cubes were silky soft inside, and the braised mushrooms retained a good firmness. We enjoyed this dish too.
Our legs were near breaking point by the time we reached IMM Building, so we decided that it was time for an early dinner. This place looked rather lively, so we thought of trying out some of the stuff:
- 龙骨肉骨茶 Loin Ribs Soup ($9.50+ GST): This rib meat is supposed to be superior to the normal pork rib. Somehow, this one had tougher meat than usual. The soup was very very peppery, and did not have much of other flavours.
- 卤鸭 Quarter Braised Duck ($15+): Errr.. We were deciding between the pig’s trotters and braised duck, and decided on the latter, after doing an eyeball survey of what other diners were having. It seemed like no one was having the pig’s trotter. This turned out to be a huge mistake, because the duck meat was so, so dry! We were lucky enough to get the quarter with the drum stick, so that portion was not as dry as the rest of the meat… Sigh.
- 豆干 Beancurd ($2+): This was probably the best item of the meal.
- 卤大肠头 Braised Pig’s Big Intestines ($6+ for small portion): The intestines were cleaned properly, which was good, but they were not flavourful enough.
The gravy used in all the side dishes had a strange 沙茶 taste to it, and we did not really like it.
- Location: 2 Jurong East Street 21 IMM #02-38/38A S(609601)
- Hrs: 10am – 10pm
Note: Song Yuan BKT has ceased operations at this location.
Thin and few slices
We had a craving for bak kut teh and decided to check out this place… Though the lack of crowd was a bit worrying, haha! There was also no prime ribs soup option… So… We had a few questions marks in our mind :p
We ordered a Pork Ribs Soup ($6), Braised Pig’s Intestines ($6), Bean Curd Skin ($3), Kai Lan ($4) and a bowl of Steamed Rice ($1).
The pork ribs soup looked quite sad with 5 tiny ribs floating inside, but the braised pig’s intestines looked even sadder… Haha… The soup was quite salty, and the meat was quite tough… There were even pieces with more bone than meat. The intestines were not cleaned thoroughly as there was a stinky taste to it, and somehow, the insides of the intestines were gone!! 粉肠，粉肠，没粉怎么叫粉肠? Disappointed!!
The kai lan was a bit better, but there was just too much sauce, so it was quite salty. The best dish was actually the bean curd skin… *faintz* Rice was quite a huge portion, we both could not finish it. While the rice was not overly tough, you might want to add some soup or gravy to soften it a bit…
We are not coming back here again 😦
Our breakfast spread!
We had passed by Song Fa Buk Kut Teh in Chinatown Point and were very impressed with the queue! Today, as part of our attempt to stay healthy, we decided to walk to Seletar Mall, where another branch of this very popular bak kut teh chain was located. After a bit of hipcup (such as having shoes disintegrating halfway), we finally arrived at Seletar Mall 🙂
We were too early, so we went to the nearby Ya Kun for some drinks and cheesy French toast. Gotta say that while the coffee and tea were good, the wait for the toast was really long and the actual French toast was more salty than cheesy.
Anyway, at 10.29am, we were back to Song Fa and were amazed a short queue had already formed 😮
All on its own
Since we were in the vicinity idling and nua-ing in a new-found cafe, we again relied on our trusty 4SQ to help us locate any interesting places for dinner. And so 4SQ suggested, and we decided to come to this famous 亞華肉骨茶餐室 (Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Eating House) around the corner.
The restaurant occupies the entire ground floor of the Isetan Office Building, and tables extend out to the corridor. It appeared that business was quite good because it was quite full-house when we arrived. And we saw a group of tourist-like customers guided in by their tour guide too.
Signature Bak Kuk Teh
In the area to meet friends and decided to check out the food options along this stretch of road (which has changed a fair bit due to the construction of Downtown Line, and sadly, our favourite Liu Sha Bao is GONE!!).
The bak kut teh signboard caught our attention and we decided to give it a go, despite the lack of crowd.
The interior was simple, and kind of reminded us of the Malaysian-styled kopi tiams which we saw in Malacca and Penang – simple in ambience but winning customers over through good food. Would this BKT shop give us the same experience?