Rejoice all fans of Bak Kut Teh! You no longer need to travel all the way to Malaysia to get your cravings for Herbal Bak Kut Teh sorted out because Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh (哥打正宗肉骨茶) has finally opened their first outlet in Singapore, at Holland Village.
Known for their traditional Malaysian-style herbal “pork bone tea”, diners not only can enjoy the signature Herbal Claypot Bak Kut Teh but also their not-so-conventional Bak Kut Teh – Spanish Iberico in White Pepper Soup. In other words, you can enjoy both Herbal and Peppery BKT at the restaurant! Cue ‘screaming’! If I were you, I would go for both! Of course, it’s a MUST to order sides such as Fried You Tiao and Muar Mackerel Otah to go with your Bak Kut Teh!
So, what are you waiting for? Share the news with all your family/friends who love a piping hot and comforting Bak Kut Teh! With the weather being so cold lately, it’s so apt to have a Bak Kut Teh now!
Here’s a #flatlay of what I had at Kota last Sunday! It was quite packed when I was there in the afternoon – saw many families and couples having their lunch there! Like what I’ve said earlier, order both Herbal & Peppery BKT cos it was hard to choose which one was better (I really like both versions leh)! Best to jio more people so you guys can share!
Braised Pig’s Trotters 卤猪脚 // Small (1 pax) $12.90 or Large (2-3 pax) $31.90
For those who love a good Braised Pig’s Trotters, you’ll probably love the rendition at Kota! The sauce was flavoursome – goes really well with rice btw and the pig trotters have a nice fat to meat ratio (not so fatty that you’ll feel jelat, and it was very tender)!
Spanish Iberico in White Pepper Soup 白胡椒西班牙黑毛猪肉骨茶 // Small (1 pax) $15.90 or Large (2-3 pax) $39.90
For those who prefer a peppery BKT, this is the dish you should order! Honestly, this wasn’t as ‘pepper-ish’ as I thought it was going to be and it’s a GOOD thing! It wasn’t too overwhelming (for those who don’t like peppery BKT can probably give this a try too)! Spanish Iberico was tender as well – meat falls off the bone very easily!
Herbal Claypot Bak Kut Teh 砂锅肉骨茶 // Spare Pork Ribs – Small (1 pax) $11.90 or Medium (2-3 pax) $28.90 or Large (4-5 pax) $49.90; Premium Pork Ribs – Small (1 pax) $12.90 or Medium (2-3 pax) $29.90 or Large (4-5 pax) $53.90
Here comes the highlight (also my FAV) at Kota! The broth was super flavoursome (herbal flavour wasn’t too overpowering) and comforting. Kota Zheng Zong’s 39-year-old recipe uses the ribs, belly, leg and tail and boil them together with a mix of 18
Chinese herbs and dark soy sauce for about 1.5 to 2 hours to achieve a robust, complex broth with savoury and bittersweet notes. You can choose any combination of pork parts you would like to have such as Button Mushrooms ($1), crispy sheets of Fried Beancurd Skin ($1) and Pig’s Liver ($2.90). For a completely novel experience, you can even have your soup spiked with a shot of Hua Tiao Rice Wine ($0.90), Hennessy VSOP ($3.90) or Martell Cordon Bleu ($10.90).
Here are some recommended (read: MUST) sides for you to get – Fried You Tiao ($1.90), Chinese Lettuce (Small $5.90 or Medium $8.90) and Muar Mackerel Otah ($9.90)!
*For more information, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ZhengZongBKTsg/ to find out more!
Nearest Mrt Station: Holland Village
Location: 15A Lor Liput, Singapore 277730
What To Order: Herbal Claypot Bak Kut Teh and Spanish Iberico White Pepper Soup
Restaurant Rating: 3.5/5
Food Ratings: 8/10