11 New Bridge Rd
T: 6533 6128
A short walk from Clarke Quay SMRT, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is a perpetually busy powerhouse specialising in bak kut teh — literally pork bone tea.
Popular for breakfast (yes really), lunch and dinner the dish consists of fatty pork ribs, a secret blend of herbs, and many hours of boiling. The results? a soup so flavourful you'll want to eat a large bowl despite the heat.
The soup is eaten with your choice of noodles, rice, or you tiao (dough fritters), or if you're feeling adventurous Song Fa is also known for pork organ dishes and braised chicken feet. Soups are available in two sizes and prices are extremely reasonable.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh is a very popular restaurant, both with local Singaporeans and tourists by the busload (literally) so the restaurant swings between being deserted and packed to the rafters with a queue running down the street -- so pick your moment!
A final note, don't expect delicate little ribs that are easy to handle -- this is not a first date meal -- leave your white shirt at home.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 18th April, 2015.