The Place Located along Rangoon Road, on the same street as Ng Ah Sio and Legendary Bak Kut Teh, Jia Bin Klang Bak Kut Teh is out to fight it out with some of the legends of the Singapore Bak Kut Teh scene as it opened in Singapore. I am not sure if this is a wise move, but it does serve a different style of bak kut teh, focusing on the herbal broth rather than the peppery Teochew-style broth.
A rather simple setting, with an air-conditioned set-up, Jia Bin welcomes diners with a comprehensive menu offering the usuals for a Bak Kut Teh meal.
The Food As mentioned, Jia Bin serves up the more traditional Malaysian herbal bak kut teh broth. And if this is something you fancy, Jia Bin is for you. One of the signature here is the Dry Bak Kut Teh (S$8.80) which is stir-fried pork ribs with dark soy sauce. Slightly spiced, the dish is perfect to go with rice.
Of course, the other signature has to be the namesake Jia Bin Bak Kut Teh (S$8.80), which the staff will top up the soup at your request. Personally, I fancy the herbal broth rather than the peppery broth which is more common in Singapore. The herbal broth here is well-balanced, not with an overly strong herbal taste to it. Other than pork ribs, Jia Bin adds pig stomach, pig intestines and tau pok to the soup.
Of course, as with all Bak Kut Teh meal, a must for me is a side order of You Tiao (S$2.50).
Rants The service here can be slightly overwhelming, with constant disruptions to the meal especially if it is not packed.
Will I Return Again? If you are in the vicinity, and have a Bak Kut Teh craving, Jia Bin is worth a try.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Jia Bin Klang Bak Kut Teh
62 Rangoon Road
Tel: +65 6900 7708
Monday to Sunday: 10am to 10pm
Closed on Tuesday
Ranted by The Rantee