Bak Kut Teh is a popular dish that usually paired with rice or noodles, but also equally delicious eaten on its own. Literally translated as “meat bone tea”, this Chinese dish is popularly thought to have originated in Klang and consists of pork ribs and pork innards in a rich herbal broth added with spices and cooked for several hours under low heat.
The highlight of any Bak Kut Teh is always their soft and tender braised pork. You can feel that those Bak Kut Teh meat permeated really well with the broth, infusing a complex herbal taste inside.
Besides, you can add a number of other ingredients such as button mushrooms , vegetables and dried tofu to turn it into a complete meal.
This heavenly mix of delicious fatty and lean meat in a savory broth could satisfy every foodie’s taste bud with surprising authentic taste. It’s no wonder Johorians can never get enough of it. Without further a do, here is a list provided by MPVTRANSPORT to recommend famous Bak Kut Teh restaurants available in Johor Bahru for your reading (or eating) pleasure.
Top 10 Bak Kut Teh In Johor Bahru
1.Ah Soon Bak Kut Teh
Considered as one of the best Bak Kut Teh stop available in Johor Bahru, Ah Soon Bak Kut Teh offers every customers with savory yet soupy Bak Kut Teh. Served in a piping hot claypot, you can clearly see the golden brown herbal broth with generous amount of pork chunks swimming inside. The strong herbal flavor are fully absorbed into those pork chunks after hours of low heat cooking but surprisingly these pork chunks still delivers its natural sweetness and creamy texture when you give it a bite.
Besides, they also offers soft tofu, yellow rice wine claypot chicken and teow chew style claypot bak kut teh which are cooked in traditional charcoal.
Well, we recommended to go earlier as this place is always full with local Bak Kut Teh lovers especially during the weekends. If you have never been here, we strongly suggested that you should give it a try as it really worth for a try.
Location: 141, Jalan Keris Satu, Taman Sri Tebrau, 80050 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00am – 3:00pm
Closed on: Monday
2.Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh
With a history of over 50 years and considered as the oldest shop selling Bak Kut Teh, Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh never disappoint any customers with their home cooked bak kut teh. Their typical Johorean Bak Kut Teh not only serves the customers with the choicest pork ribs or chunks, but also the pig’s skin and pork belly or pork small intestines. Same as other Bak Kut Teh restaurants, Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh’s herbal broth do have clear golden brown herbal broth that gives off delicate herbal flavor.
Besides, Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh also offers other dishes that was cooked by using charcoal, such as potato curry, mala-tofu, tom yam lala and many more. They believe that cooking using charcoal could provide an additional fragrance to the food too.
Location: 146, Jalan Lumba Kuda, Bukit Chagar, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +6012 – 700 1776
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30am – 2:00pm
Closed on: Monday
3. Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh
If you are looking for economical yet delicious Teow Chow version Bak Kut Teh, then Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh could be your best choice. Their piping bowl of Bak Kut Teh has a lighter herbal flavor in an overall, but it doesn’t affect the taste of the broth much. Besides, they only serve the best pork ribs in their Bak Kut Teh, but you may add additional ingredients such as pig tribe and fried bean curd with an additional charges.
Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh do offers every customers with free refill for soup too, so if you feel like wanna to sip for another bowl of their Bak Kut Teh soup, don’t be shy and kindly ask them for a refill!
Located just opposite to KSL Shopping complex, it could be a nice place for dinner or lunch after having your shopping there too.
Location: 43, Jalan Serigala, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Daily: 8:00am – 8:00pm
4. Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh
Located just near to City Square in Johor Bahru, this popular Bak Kut Teh restaurant do serve every customer with bowls of charming piping hot pork Bak Kut Teh. Most surprising is, Shoon Huat Bak Kut Teh claimed that they have more than 20 outlets available all over Johor, selling these excellent food.
Their piping hot Bak Kut Teh involves with a generous amount of tender pork and pork’s innards. Their clear herbal broth tastes really sweet and the additional herbal flavor maximized its charm. You could hardly find any peppery taste in Shoon Huat’s Bak Kut Teh too.
Besides, their Bak Kut Teh also comes with button mushrooms, meatballs, fried bean curd and fresh lettuce leaves. These ingredients do taste well with Bak Kut Teh too.
Location: 11, Jalan Sutera 1, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Tel: +6019 – 778 0709
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Monday: 8:00am – 5:00pm
5. Hin Hock Bak Kut Teh
This only branch Bak Kut Teh restaurant is considered as one of the best traditional Kut Teh restaurant in Johor Bahru. Using their very own self-identified Bak Kut Teh, Hin Hock Bak Kut Teh successfully gained support from the local customers for more than 30 years.
Hin Hock Bak Kut Teh serves rich and flavorful Bak Kut Teh, many customers find it delicious and it is impossible for them to stop after having their first sip. Like other Bak Kut Teh restaurants, Hin Hock’s Bak Kut Teh is also served in a claypot and prepared freshly on spot.
Besides, other recommended dish of their would be the braised pork trotters and steamed poached fish. Their braised pork trotter is is really tender and you will feel that the meat is ‘melting’ in your mouth just you have a bite of it. This dish is braised under low heat along with other ingredients such as vinegar, bean curd, minced meat and vegetables. On the other hand, their steamed poached fish would be slightly spicy. This dish is absolutely suitable while having any rice meal.
Location: 72, Lorong 2, Jalan Toh Ah Boon, Tampoi, 81200 Johor Bahru, Johor Malaysia. (Near Jalan Dato Mohammed Seth, Tampoi)
Tel: +6019 – 779 3434
Daily: 7:30am – 3:30pm
Closed on: Monday
6. Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh
What’s special about Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh is that they provide a robust herbal Bak Kut Teh broth that leave every customers with maximum satisfaction after their meal.
Cooked with various herbals and ‘dang gui’ which are really good for health, Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh offers a comfortable flavor that nobody could resist. Besides, their Bak Kut Teh is prepared fully by using charcoal, which is believed that it could provide an additional aroma to the Bak Kut Teh.
As for the Bak Kut Teh’s meat, it is quite firm but still taste sweet naturally although being cooked in those herbal for a long time. Besides, you also can feel the trapped ‘dang gui’ taste in those meat if you enjoy it slowly and attentively.
We recommended you to go as early as you can if you decided to give it a try. Always packed with customers, Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh normally finish selling all their Bak Kut Teh before noon.
Location: Batu 8½, Jalan Mawai, Kota Tinggi, 81900 Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +607 – 882 1290
Wednesday to Sunday: 7:30am until sold out
Closed on: Monday & Tuesday
7.Restoran Sze Hwa (Original Shop)
If you ask any local Johor people where to have nice Kulai Bak Kut Teh, their answer is always Restoran Sze Hwa. This restaurant do have a history of 30 years selling delicious and authentic Kulai Bak Kut Teh.
Restoran Sze Hwa offers homey flavor Bak Kut Teh in a large portion, making it suitable to be enjoyed by two to four people per serving. Their herbal Bak Kut Teh broth is slightly darker in color and has a garlicky taste. Besides, their pork ribs are quite chewy and meaty too.
Location: 2, Jalan Seruling 1, Taman Sri Kulai Baru 2, 81000 Kulai, Johor, Malaysia.
Tel: +6012 – 785 2234 / +6012-7593877
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00am – 1:00pm & 2:00pm – 9:00pm
Closed on: Monday
8. Old Place Bak Kut Teh
At Old Place Bak Kut Teh, you can find heartwarming home-cooked Bak Kut Teh. With a homey cooking style and recipe, we are sure that you will certainly enjoy bowls of their translucent light broth Bak Kut Teh that taste sweet naturally.
Their authentic and smoky flavors of the Bak Kut Teh is preserved, giving you an exciting twist to this common dish. The broth is mild in saltiness and is done just right to accentuate the natural flavors of pork.
Another highlight of this restaurant is that you can have yam rice instead of normal white rice to pair your Bak Kut Teh. They do include a lot of yams in the rice too, it could be a great choice if you like yam.
Location: G59, Jalan Mutiara Emas 9/3, Austin Boulevard, Taman Mount Austin, 81100, Johor Bahru
9. Ah Loong Bak Kut Teh
Probably one of the more distinctive Bak Kut Teh around Johor Bahru, Ah Loong Bak Kut Teh offers Bak Kut Teh with a touch of his own ideas. Infusing the soup with more vegetables than herbs, you would get a much clearer and healthier broth with only slight herbal notes in it. But this doesn’t change the fact that the tender and soft ribs here are still a killer. Each bite of the luscious fats and skin fusing with the lean, yet tender meat is bliss. It’s a refreshing change from the typical thick and dark versions of Bak Kut Teh.
With a very friendly price ranging from RM5 to RM20, Ah Loong Bak Kut Teh really deserve a visit as they offer much economical Bak Kut Teh.
Location: 32 Jalan Ara 2, Taman Rinting, 81750, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
10. E Pin Bak Kut Teh
This hidden gem located along the short street of Jalan Indah typically looks like a well ventilated Chinese style kopitiam. The owner, Mr Kenny believe that their Bak Kut Teh could bring more customers if they really concern about their Bak Kut Teh taste and quality. Hence, they only use better quality pork and ingredients in their own creation of Bak Kut Teh, emphasizing there would be no MSG added.
They would serve two different version of Bak Kut Teh, the soupy Bak Kut Teh and Dry Bak Kut Teh. For the soupy Bak Kut Teh, the pork ribs are well cooked with melting tenderness but still has a firmness for bouncy bite. Its dark broth with rich herbal broth taste very unique too, where you could not find any replacement version at the outside.
Their dry version of Bak Kut Teh is actually claypot dry pork knuckles Bak Kut Teh. These pork knuckles are cooked perfectly to the perfect timing and are easily fall off with a gentle bite. It has a spongy and creamy texture too.
Location: 17-19, Jalan Indah 16/4, Tmn Bukit Indah, 81200 Johor Bahru.
Tel : +60137789998
Operating Hours :
Daily 8am – 2.30pm
Close on Monday