Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh, Whampoa West

Worth a try.

Just next to Boon Keng MRT is a coffee shop selling traditional Teochew Bak Kut Teh. I’ve long heard of this place, and finally got a chance to try it. During my time there, I observed a constant flow of people, which is testimony that this place has a spot in many Singaporeans’ hearts.

Set in a coffee shop, Lau Ah Tee BKT scores maximum points for that nostalgic vibe.

Braised pork trotters, short ribs, salted vegetables, approx $20.

Unfortunately when I visited on a weekday night, the long prime ribs were all sold out. I settled for the shorter version which by default is tougher and harder to eat. Lau Ah Tee hits the right peppery notes familiar to that of Teochew BKT, but their soup was a little too diluted for my liking. 

The braised pork trotters were good. Well seasoned with the meat falling off the bone with just a little push.

Halfway through my meal the table next to us ordered steamed fish and upon closer observation, many tables around mine were having that as well. It did smell and look very fragrant, but because I only had my partner with me for dinner, we would not be able to finish the additional dish of steamed fish.

Would I go back again? Honestly I have mixed feelings about this place. A BKT shop’s main pride should be the soup, but Lau Ah Tee BKT’s soup really isn’t as strong and shiok as some others that I’ve tried, the closest one physically being Founders BKT at Rangoon Road, so in terms of distance I might choose Founders over Lau Ah Tee to satisfy my BKT craving. However, the thought of the steamed fish makes me want to give this a second chance.

Blk 34 Whampoa West, #01-67, S(330034)

Daily: 7am to 9pm

+65 9755 5250

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