Not too far away from the Katong Laksa war zone lies an unassuming restaurant with its facade completely open like a hungry mouth. Do not underestimate this literal hole-in-the-wall eatery. Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh proves that appearances are merely that: appearances. Their meat bone tea will keep you coming back for more, regardless of how fancily decorated an eatery of a nearby competitor is.
Their Claypot Bak Kut Teh is an altered version of the classic recipe. It was peppery with a sophisticated layer of spiciness. As opposed to the strong and direct in-your-face spicy found in fast food restaurants, Sin Heng’s spicy was married with herbs, creating an earthy flavor. The cilantro brought a freshness to balance out the pepper and meat. My only complaint: why was there only one soft clove of garlic in the bowl? It was forgivable as the servers made their rounds with free refills on soup.
Sin Heng’s Special Bak Kut Teh is a custom recipe. Think of it as the grandchild of your classic meat bone tea. Have a sip and immediately you notice it is lighter than the standard bak kut teh. Though the servers will not disclose the specific ingredients used, your taste buds won’t lie it contains more herbs and less pepper than their Claypot Bak Kut Teh.
Of the two meat bone teas tried, the Claypot Bak Kut Teh tasted like the evil twin. But in a delicious, heavy way. As for me I prefer Sin Heng’s Special due to its herbal fragrance.
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh
439 Joo Chiat Rd
Tel: +65 6345 8754