*CLOSED* Happies Bak Kut Teh By DFTBA Kitchen - Hawkepreneur With A Heart @ Chinatown Complex market & Food Centre

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While waiting in line for my porridge and fried bee hoon from Chang Ji Gourmet, the Doraemon decal on the shutters of Happies Bak Kut Teh caught my eyes.

After some googling, I found out that the stall owner Connie Chan, is a fan of this anime character. If you check out their Instagram account, they occasionally have Doraemon's merchandise available for sale.

I myself is a fan of the robotic cat from the future hence my particular interest in this bak kut teh stall at Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre.

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You might be interested to know that their bak kut teh is neither the Teochew nor Hokkien style. Theirs has been labeled as the "Cantonese style" by their elderly Cantonese customers.

Being a Cantonese myself, I have to admit that I have not heard of Cantonese bak kut teh before however, according to the great wiki, it does exist:

There are three main types of Bak Kut Teh.
  • The Teochew style, which is light in color but uses more pepper and garlic in the soup.
  • The Hoklo (Hokkien), uses a variety of herbs and soy sauce creating a more fragrant, textured and darker soup.
  • The Cantonese, with a soup-drinking culture, add medicinal herbs as well to create a stronger flavoured soup. 
That certainly piqued my interest to want to try my own dialect's version of bak kut teh!

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Beyond the shutters, more traces of Doraemon can be found on the counter top and even on the fridge when I revisited the stall. After studying the menu, I ordered a bowl of bak ku teh soup ($6) with a bowl of rice (50¢).

In the bowl of soup, there are pork ribs, tau kee, button mushrooms, enoki mushrooms, meatballs and lettuce. Although the Hokkien version is also herbal, the Cantonese one has a much more distinct flavor of Chinese medicinal herbs.

I could taste the bitterness of the dang gui and sweetness from the wolfberries. Even the color of the soup is vastly different.

Initially, I find the bowl rather small for $6 but together with the rice, the portion is actually quite substantial. I wonder how many hours have the pork ribs been simmering in the robust broth to achieve such tenderness? There is absolutely no effort required to separate the flesh from the bone.

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Apart from serving soup and dry bak kut teh, some other dishes like sesame chicken, signature spicy chicken, bak kut prawn kway teow and bak kut meat ball soup is also available.

What's heartening is that Happies Bak Kut Teh have their own pay-it-forward program to give back to society.

Working with volunteer groups, they sponsor free meals for the less privileged and also provide free rice for customers 60 years old and above. Further discounts of 10% and 50% will also be given to those above 70 and 80 respectively.

Do give them your support to keep their cause going.



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UPDATE: 15 August 2019


Sadly, the stall has closed shortly after this post is up. Connie may not be selling bak kut teh anymore but she is collaborating with a new chef selling chicken rice and laksa!

What's heartening is that their pay-it-forward program is still going on at the new stall and the new stall is just opposite their old stall. Do support them and follow their new FB page Happies Lao Wang Chicken Rice 开心老王鸡饭 here.


HAPPIES BAK KUT TEH 开心肉骨茶
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Blk 335 Smith Street
#02-119
Singapore 050335

Business Hours
Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat: 12pm - 8pm
Tue, Sun: 12pm - 6.30pm
Closed: Wed

Google Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kYMaYve5of2WR1QCA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Happies-Bak-Kut-Teh
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happiesbkt

HAPPIES LAO WANG CHICKEN RICE 开心老王鸡饭
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Blk 335 Smith Street
#02-119
Singapore 050335

Business Hours
Tue - Sun: 10am - 8pm
Closed: Mon


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