Founder Bak Kut Teh Opens A New Branch In Jalan Sultan
Celebrity-favourite Founder Bak Kut Teh opens its second restaurant at Hotel Boss (500 Jalan Sultan) yesterday. Since 1978, Founder Bak Kut Teh has been consistently dishing out bowls of its delectable Teochew-style pork rib soup to legions of fans. Owner Mr Chua Chwee Whatt, a pig farmer in Seletar in the 60s, loved eating Bak Kut Teh. So he decided to use the pork from his own farm and concoct his own recipe using herbs and spices. After successful testing and tweaking through the feedback of friends and neighbours, he opened a small Bak Kut Teh eatery in Choa Chu Kang in 1978.
Mr Chua eventually moved out of Choa Chu Kang and gave up his pig farm. By 1988, he had transitioned from farmer to restauranteur with the growing success of Founder Bak Kut Teh. Now, Founder regularly ranks as one of Singapore’s top Bak Kut Teh restaurants, and is poised to expand to neighbouring countries.
You may ask, what is the successful formula of Founder BKT? Well, I think it’s the soup that is made using the freshest pork and a blend of pepper and spices from a recipe created by Mr Chua. Using only superior cuts of meaty long ribs or premium short ribs in its clear soup, the peppery soup isn’t as intense as Ng Ah Sio but still gives that solid rush that will wake me up. The long ribs are notably tender, and goes well with the tea from Pek Sin Choon.
A smorgasbord of side dishes makes for perfect accompaniment: Braised Pig’s Intestines, Braised Pig’s Trotter, Pig Intestines Soup, Braised Bean Curd Skin, Salted Vegetables, Lettuce with Oyster Sauce and of course, You Tiao (dough fritters). However, I find the braising sauce a little salty than usual during our visit. Perhaps it’s just the teething issue.
Over the years, Founder has seen not just faithful patrons return again and again for its signature dishes, but a galaxy of stars as well. Through no advertising on its part, the restaurant has won the patronage of celebrities like Chinese, Taiwanese and Hong Kong stars Jay Chou, Emil Chau, Eason Chan, S.H.E, Zhang Zi Yi and local celebrities such as Fann Wong and Stefanie Sun. And they will be launching another new outlet in Jakarta as well, I wish them all the best!
Good news for everyone, they will be opened during Chinese New Year! They are closed from 3pm on CNY Eve and reopen again from 3pm on CNY Day 1. Business will resume thereafter. So if you are looking for meal options during CNY, this may be a good choice?
Founder Bak Kut Teh
Address: 500 Jalan Sultan #01-09 Singapore 199020
Tel: +65 6816 2582
Opening hours: 11 am to 5 am daily
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