Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh: The Mom n Pop Bak Kut Teh Shop



My physiotherapist told me about this Bak Kut Teh while he was working on my Bak Kut (Backbone).

When I have to lie down for half an hour to have your neck and back bones mobilized and twisted, our conversation would usually gravitate towards where to eat next.  So he was telling me about this particular stall in Ang Mo Kio which he grew up eating.  It was, in his opinion, the best Bak Kut Teh in town.

So while he held my head in a neck lock, about to give it a good crack, he gently persuaded me to blog about it.

I couldn't say no now, could I?

So I made my way to this Mom and Pop (MnP) Bak Kut Teh shop in Ang Mo Kio one day to see what the fuss was all about.  I make the distinction between MnP BKT and the BKT served by famous joints like Song Fa, Ya Hua, Ng Ah Sio etc because there is a fundamental difference in the way they prepare the Bak Kut Teh.  The large restaurants tend to cook a big pot of soup base separately from the ribs that they will serve in the dish, whereas the MnP shops tend to simply boil the pork bones together with the soup and spices just like grandma used to do at home.  As a result, I always find that the soups sold at these larger restaurants tend to be more robust while the MnP BKT tends to be a little more "Cheng" (clear).

I also find with such shops, consistency can be a problem.  The quality of the soup can sometimes depend on whether it is a freshly cooked pot or if it has been simmering away for a while.  The soup from a fresh new pot can sometimes lack depth and the meat might be a tad tough while one which has had too much simmering time can mean the meat has dried out, but the soup will be very tasty.  With this in mind, I think that my bowl of Bak Kut Teh that day might have come from a fresh pot as it lacks the depth of flavour. 4/5



The Ter Kah on the other hand was very good.  The meat was braised till it was falling off the bone tender and the skin was a nice springy consistency.  Still not the holy grail of Ter Kah as I felt the braising sauce still lacks that addictive umami flavour, but its commendable.  4.25/5

Conclusion

Good place for a round of Bak Kut Teh if you are in the Ang Mo Kio area.

Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh
Blk 453A Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
#01-06
7am to 9pm
Closed Mondays
93361192

5 comments:

SCS butter said...

Yes they are good and consistent. Love the steam fish too. Price is reasonable as well. Crap now I have to wait longer

Chaozhouzi said...

Been to this stall several times. Last time was two sat ago. The bak kut that day was a bit tough but ter kah was wonderfully tender. They allow only one top of soup. Trick is to sit a distance away then bring your empty bowl to the stall for top up. BTW they do not have (龙骨).
ieat, did you try the steamed mullet?

Shirley said...

I grew up eating BKT from this stall too. While their BKT is nice, I like their fish better. You should give their fish a try too.

Teo said...

They are closed during off-peak hours to rest. Safer to visit them during lunch and dinner hours.

I ordered once towards the end of their lunch hours. Asked for more soup to fill the takeaway container but they did not want to give. Realized it was no loss as it's just normal at best.

ieat said...

Yes, I did not manage to eat the fish. A lot of people tell me that they are really good!

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