Sunday, 26 August 2012

Soong Huat 顺发 Bak Kut Teh in Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru

Friends have recommended that we try the popular Soong Huat bak kut teh restaurant in Taman Desa Tebrau (not far from Jusco Tebrau).

As Soong Huat is one of twenty over franchisees of 顺发 we opted for their yellow rice wine chicken 黄酒鸡 and braised pork knuckles 猪脚, instead of their bak kut teh. We had tried 顺发's bak kut teh before - we liked it, and it was time we try their other signature dishes.

Soong Huat does the final stage of cooking on these ultra hot cooking stoves that super heat the claypots.

When the yellow wine chicken 黄酒鸡 arrived at the table, the claypot's contents were still bubbling and puffing steam furiously. I had to wait for a few moments and used a telephoto setting to take this picture to avoid steaming up the lens.

The steam was aromatic with the fragrance of rice wine.

The chunks of fresh chicken were tender, sweet and slightly tangy. The chicken pieces were also smooth and flavourful from the rice wine, ginger and spring unions.

My favourite part of a chicken - leg with skin on. Sweet and tender.

Indeed, Soong Huat's yellow wine chicken was a delicious dish that we liked very much.

We liked the braised pork knuckles 猪脚 too. The pork knuckle came in bite size chunks, though I personally prefer it to be served in a one-piece shank :)

Made with fresh pork, the pork knuckle was sweet and tender.

The pork knuckle was neither overly salty nor herbal even though the braising sauce was mainly made with soy sauce and herbs.

The boss of Soong Huat told me that the founder of 顺发 is Foochowese 福州人 and Foochow cuisine is well know for emphasising the fresh, natural flavours of the ingredients rather than over rely on condiments and spices. This perhaps explains the delicate tastes and flavours of the burgeoning 顺发 bak kut teh franchise which has over twenty franchisees now all over Johor, Malacca and KL.

Restaurant name: Soong Huat 顺发 Restaurant
Address: 31, Jalan Harmonium 23/14, Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.554723,103.795432
Hours: 9:00am to 8:00pm (closed on Monday)

Non Halal

Date visited: 24 August 2012


  1. Hi, this look really good, feel like driving over there now since I haven't eat my breakfast. About 10 mins from my place.
    I like their chicken cook in glutinous wine, it's really good.

    Nice click. Have a great weekend.

  2. Good on ya mate!This is the place that I was talking about.Unique right?The dishes here are definitely above average.Have you heard of fried otak-otak?There is restaurant behind Holiday Plaza which is called Khi Ten.Its close to my house and I drop by occasionally.It doesn't look like much but it has some dishes that are worth taking a look at and one of them is the fried otak-otak.Check it out.By the way,I have checked out about 5 places from this site so far.The game meat shop in Kulai is not bad but I've had better.If you want to try an absolutely awesome curried wild boar dish in JB,head to the Taman Daya hawker centre.There is an indian lady that specializes in that.Her clientele are surprisingly mostly chinese even though the dish will make you sweat profusely.Later!

    1. Thanks! I've noted down the places you recommended. Will check them out soon ;D Appreciare it :)

    2. Went there. The customer service is bad.

  3. could u list all their franchises? i've had all of em in tmn sentosa and tmn century n tmn maju jaya and the one in JJ... dont know about the rest


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