[JB EATS] The 6 Favourite Bak Kut Teh Places in Johor Bahru – By the Locals & Singaporeans

[Updated October 2019]
Bak Kut Teh is one of the all-time favourite pork rib dish for Singaporeans and Malaysians. It comes with two versions either herbal or peppery based broth. And for Malaysia version, we have the herbal based broth and it is my favourite local food. Bak Kut Teh is a pork rib dish cooked in hours and best to enjoy as breakfast by the locals or even anytime of the day.

And here I have the top 5 frequently visited Bak Kut Teh places in Johor Bahru:
1. Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶

I have been patronising Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh since my secondary school days and it was actually owned by my friend’s family business. It started to become well-known throughout the years and those who travel to Desaru will definitely stop here for the bak kut te h. The bak kut the here is served in a pipping hot claypot. The sip of the herbal broth truly made the waiting worth though. Some of my friends said the taste was not as good as last time but for me, I still think it’s good. You can’t find this taste in Singapore.The pork rib meats were tender. Personally felt that the consistency of the food quality still maintain despite of the crowd. The broth soup is the crucial key of all.
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Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh 强记肉骨茶
Jalan Jemaluang,
Kampung Haji Mohd Jambi,
81900 Kota Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +6019 7479416 | +607 882 1290
Opening Hours: 7:30AM – 02:30PM (Closed on Monday & Tuesday)

2. Restoran Kota Zheng Zhong Bak Kut Teh
Restoran Kota Zheng Zhong-Bak Kut Teh-Taman Sentosa
Restoran Kota Zheng Zhong-Bak Kut Teh
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Since the travel distance to Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh takes approximately 1.5 – 2 hours drive from Johor Bahru and subject to traffic condition. Thus, some said Restoran Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh is the ideal alternative for those who lazy to travel far. And this restaurant is opened by Kiang Kee’s lady boss’ younger brother. I went to check it out recently and it was not bad. Although my top favourite is still Kiang Kee Bak Kut Te h, this is consider my alternative choice to go in Johor Bahru. Their menu is pretty much the same and you can read the full post here.

Restoran Kota Zheng Zhong
Address: 177, Jalan Sutera
Taman Sentosa
Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 8:00AM – 3:00PM
(Closed on Monday)

3. Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh 华美亞B肉骨茶
Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh Johor Bahru
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Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh Johor Bahru-Pork Rib
After so many years, I am back to Hwa Mei Ah Bee Bak Kut Teh 华美亞B肉骨茶.Mei Hua Ah Bee Bak Kut Te h has been in business for over 30 years and it is a family business. There are in their third generation in line now. That was quite a bit of history. Although they also serve herbal broth, I personally think the taste is not flavourful enough. There is no depth to it. Neverthless, this is also one of the favourite place for Singaporeans whenever they crossed the causeway for breakfast.
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Hwa Mei Bak Kut Teh 华美亞B肉骨茶
Address: 146, Jalan Lumba Kuda,
Bukit Chagar,
80300 Johor Bahru,
(Restoran Ah Bee).
Opening Hours: Tuesday- Sunday 8:30AM – 2:00PM
(Closed on Monday)

4. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh 新山顺发肉骨茶
My Singaporean friends told me this is their second choice for Bak Kut Teh after Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh. Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh is a family business and has been operating for years. The bak kut teh here is also prepared using charcoal fire and it always crowded most of the time. The herbal broth here is mildly savoury taste with herbal in it. They also offers other claypot dishes like pork kidney and liver cooked with savoury sweet sauce. And the price list shows the price by pax instead of ordering one big claypot of bak kut te h. So it is easier for those who do not know how to order for the first time.
You can take a grab/ taxi for approximately RM5- 7 per ride from CIQ JB or JB City Square Mall.

Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh 新山顺发肉骨茶
Address: 13, Jalan Sutera 1
Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru,
Johor, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
8:30AM – 9:00PM

5. Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh 顺顺兴肉骨茶
Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh brand is familiar for Singaporeans who often cross over the causeway and shop around KSL Mall.The bak kut teh here served in the claypot like others. We ordered 1 portion of bak kut teh with no additional top up ingredients and 1 portion with additional ingredients. There are few types of ingredients displayed for us to pick. So, we add on meatballs, enoki mushrooms, pig intestines and beancurd skin. Soon Soon Heng’s pork broth tasted mild in flavour as compared with other bak kut teh shops that I ever tried. The herbal taste is not strong as compared with Kiang Kee Bak Kut Teh but still decent. The soup broth is not greasy and easy to drink though. And I think you will have better options than to visit this place. It is more of the location opposite to KSL where people done shopping and hop over for a meal.
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Soon Soon Heng Bak Kut Teh 顺顺兴肉骨茶
Address: 43, Jalan Serigala,
Taman Abad
80250 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 9:00AM-8:00PM

6. Kedai Bak Kut Teh Hin Hock 兴福肉骨茶
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Kedai Bak Kut Teh Hin Hock-Bak Kut Teh
Kedai Bak Kut Teh Hin Hock is known for its bak kut teh and signature poached fish. The other bak kut teh places only specialised in bak kut te h but here you can enjoy more than that. The place is always full house and well-received by the locals. Read the full post here.

Kedai Bak Kut Teh Hin Hock 兴福肉骨茶
Address: 72,Jalan Dato Mohammed Seth,
Taman Tampoi Indah 2,
81200 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: 09:30am to 4:30pm
(Closed on Mondays)
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hinhockbakkutteh/

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