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Lee’s Bah Kut Teh 老李传统肉骨茶 – (CLOSED)


We were invited to review this establishment. lee bah kut teh 10

What a nostalgic ambience! Huge black and white photos of colonial Singapore adorned the walls, looking over the white marble tables and wooden stools that furnished the restaurant, setting us up for what would be a nostalgic meal of traditional Bak Kut Teh.

lee bah kut teh 2Bak Kut Teh

For Bak Kut Teh, the broth is the very soul and essence of the dish; thankfully, Lee’s Bak Kut Teh didn’t disappoint us in this respect. The broth was not overpowered by any peppery or herbal taste but was somehow quite neutral and mild, definitely suitable for milder palates. But we do feel that the broth could be more enticing if there’s more of a garlicky flavour.

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In the earlier days, Bak Kut – the ribs and pork – were intentionally cooked to retain some level of chewiness rather than tenderness. Over time, some Bak Kut Teh stalls evolved to cater to modern preference for tender meat. Here, Lao Lee Bak Kut Teh maintains some level of chewiness, while at the same time making sure it’s still not too tough to gnaw the meat off the bones. We also found that every piece of pork was generous with big chunks of meat, well worth the value you pay.

lee bah kut teh 12Braised pork knuckles

The braised pork leg was flavourful and fully infused with the fragrance of the braised sauce. We liked the sauce so much, that by ladling the sauce over the rice, it was enough for us to finish off the bowl! It would be nice if there was more lean meat than the thick saturated fat though – like many other health-conscious Singaporeans – we’re just concerned about our waist line!

lee bah kut teh 6Braised chicken feet

Lee’s Bak Kut Teh seems to excel in their braised dishes: on top of the pork knuckle, the chicken feet were fragrant with a rich braised sauce aroma and the feet were tender and easy to eat. A notable mention is the braised beancurd skin hidden under the chicken feet, it was so soft and luscious that we think it can be a dish on its own.

lee bah kut teh 8Braised peanut

Need we repeat how great their braised dishes are? We felt like asking for a second serving. It was cooked to a perfect tenderness and every nut was permeated with the fragrance of the sauce.

lee bah kut teh 11lee bah kut teh 4Salted vegetable & you Tiao

The salted vegetable was not too salty, it was nicely seasoned and was a great dish to go with the rice. You Tiao – the dough stick – was nice and crispy. We love to dunk it into the Bak Kut Teh broth, allowing the you tiao to fully soak up the peppery soup, before savoring it - what such a satisfying feeling.

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Lee’s Bah Kut Teh and its ambience of the 60s paid a fitting homage to the nostalgic taste of the Bak Kut Teh. With the tranquility, serenity and the old town’s charm of Changi Village, there’s no lovelier backdrop to savour a bowl of piping hot broth.

lee bah kut teh 1We would like to thank Ken from Lee’s Bah Kut Teh for the invitation and hospitality.

Lee’s Bah Kut Teh

A: Blk 5 Changi Village Road, #01-2015, Singapore 500005 (CLOSED)

T: 6542 3004 Mob: 9712 7896

H: 11am to 9pm (Tue – Sun); closed on Mon




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