Shoon Huat bak kut teh 顺发肉骨茶 in Taman Sentosa is an established favourite among locals and Singaporeans. Shoon Huat's sign board says the business was founded in 1975.
Shoon Huat is one of over twenty 顺发 franchisees with English translation of 顺 written in various ways such as Soon Huat, Soong Huat, and so on.
Shoon Huat’s style of bak kut teh has pieces of ribs and meat served in steaming clear tasty soup with button mushrooms. It doesn’t have the "medical hall" aroma of herbs, the peppery taste nor the dark gravy that we find in the other styles.
At Shoon Huat, the meat is a little firmer than the others that I have eaten. The meat sticks to the bone a little more tenaciously than that in other stalls. So much so that I had to leave some meat on the bone uneaten despite my best efforts.
(There is no need to talk about those button mushrooms ;P )
But there is one thing about Shoon Huat bak kut teh that stood out. The soup is the tastiest and the most drinkable that I have ever experienced. The soup is clear, sweet, and only slightly salty. It has very little of that herbal or peppery flavour we find elsewhere.
Shoon Huat offers free flow of soup. When one of the staff made his rounds topping up customers’ soups, I found myself automatically asking for a top up even though I had already finished eating the meat. I couldn’t resist getting another helping of soup to drink.
A clay pot of bak kut teh for two at Shoon Huat costs RM16.
The soup alone is enough to bring me back to Shoon Huat.
Restaurant name: Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh 顺发肉骨茶
Address: 236, Jalan Sutera 1,
Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru
9 Jan 2012