Happy Food: Bak Kut Teh
开心肉骨茶: To some, this was just an ordinary bak kut teh stall. But to many, they have gained some kindness from her, Ms Connie, the owner of this business. Originally at Rangoon road, now 开心肉骨茶 had relocated at Smith market hawker centre.
Other than giving free white rice to senior citizens aged 60 & above with each meal purchased, Ms Connie gift out free meals too. On every Thursday, from 2.30pm till 5pm, present your public assistance/ special grant card and she will gift you a free meal. It was since 2015 when she started.
As told by Miss Connie, she also feeds the needy from these following organisations such as KDF Kidney Dialysis Foundation, IMH, SILRA Home Singapore Leprosy Relief Association and SANH St Andrew's Nursing Home. It was so kind of her to return to the society.
On the menu, there's herbal bak kut teh soup, dry bak kut teh, sesame chicken, kway tiao soup, pork meatball soup, fried dough fritters, ngoh hiang, stir-fried ladyfingers and many more. We tried 2 items today, they were the dry version bak kut teh and the bak kut teh kway tiao soup.
(1) Dry Bak Kut Teh $6.00
- The dish consist of pork ribs, lady finger slices, button mushrooms and shredded cuttlefish.
- To me, this taste was like "ha lok", with dark soya sauce fragrance and some sweetness. Not only did the ribs tasted yummy, the ladyfinger and mushrooms too! All nicely coated in the sauce.
- We told Connie, it was genius of her to add fried shredded cuttlefish into the dish because it brought the overall taste to the next level, definitely the tastier level. You may choose to add pig skin for a dollar or two, which was what we did. I can feel my skin *boing boing* already!
Coming next was the soupy bak kut teh kway tiao.
(2) Bak Kut Teh Kway Tiao Soup $5.00
- Cooked in herbal broth, this bowl of kway tiao came with generous portion of ingredients. Look at how big bowl it was! Pork Ribs, meat balls, button mushrooms, enoki mushroom, crispy bean curd skin, lettuce and kway. For merely $5.00, this was BIG.
- Herbal soup was robust and peppery. It wasn't those spicy kind so it just kept us going drinking it. If it wasn't for the kway tiao soaked in it, you bet that the soup will taste even better! I would soon come back again to try the bak kut teh soup! If you do noticed, the kway tiao used wasn't our usual ones too. Ms Connie chose to use kway chap kind of kway which had more texture and doesn't turned mushy too fast.
We enjoyed the food here and all the conversations with the chatty Connie. Ask her anything about her food, she would be more than glad to tell you.
Like the stall name says "开心肉骨茶", you definitely felt happier after eating here when you know supporting her means supporting others :) Do support her if you're around the area.
Blk 335 Smith Street
Chinatown Complex, Unit 02-119
Mon to Thurs 11.30am - 8pm
Fri/Sat 11.30am - 9.30pm