松發肉骨茶 Song Fa Bak Kut Teh, which traced its beginnings to a pushcart in Johor Road in 1969, tries to bring back memories of street side dining in the 60s at its Chinatown Point outlet. Old coffeeshop furniture is part of the interior decorations and there is even a replica pushcart at the entrance. The air-conditioned premises are however too modern to give it the good old days atmosphere, even though it can be very crowded and noisy at times. Nevertheless, you can still get good old Teochew style bak kut teh at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Chinatown Point.
松發肉骨茶 Song Fa Bak Kut Teh has come a long way since its humble beginnings. It is now possible to buy Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Spices online; and Song Fa Bak Kut Teh has entered into a joint venture with BreadTalk to operate tbak kut teh restaurants in China and Thailand. Its New Bridge Road branch is a Bib Gourmand restaurant in the 2017 MICHELIN Guide Singapore.
Bak Kut Teh used to be a dish that was eaten in the mornings. Nowadays, it is primarily eaten as a main meal. The menu Song Fa Bak Kut Teh has thus evolved to include items such as pigs trotters, ngoh hiang and other side dishes so that you can have a complete meal. Below are pictures of their menu board and pages from the menu.
Lunch at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
We went to Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Chinatown Point for lunch and ordered the Pork Ribs Soup ($7 ), the Premium Loin Rib Soup ($11.50), Sliced Fish Soup ($7) and a variety of side dishes. For the carbohydrates, we had rice, me sua and you tiao.
The light clear soup for the pork ribs was nicely balanced and just slightly peppery. It was tasty. The broth would be refilled. The meat was tender and could be detached from the bone easily. The premium loin ribs were meatier with more fats.
The fish soup meant fish slices in the same broth used for the pork ribs. It was good and probably healthier than eating the pork ribs. It is easier to eat too.
The various side dishes were all of the expected standards. The ngoh hiang with thin crispy skin was enjoyable, especially when eaten with the chilli provided.
Eating at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Chinatown Point is not exactly a cheap option. However, it is air-conditioned and a comfortable spot to enjoy good old Teochew Style bak kut teh and a variety of side dishes.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh Chinatown Point
133 New Bridge Road
#01-04, Chinatown Point
Tel: +65 64431033
Opening Hours : 10.30 am to 9.30 pm
Nearby MRT Station : Chinatown