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S$6.50 natural bak kut teh carried out simply excellent at Hougang coffeeshop

No, the ‘J-KL’ in J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise in Broadway Coffeeshop doesn’t stand for Johor-Kuala Lumpur. The that means behind the identify is far sweeter— they’re the initials of the woman hawker’s youngsters. I used to be intrigued by her identify— ‘Toon’ is distinctively Thai and nice to pronounce.

jkl - storefront

Toon can also be proprietor of Im Thai Kitchen at Our Tampines Hub Hawker Centre, which beforehand earned a 5-star assessment from us. J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise has solely been open for a couple of 12 months however has a loyal following.

jkl - hawkers working in kitchen

The menu encompasses a mixture of Thai and native fare. Apparently, Toon wished it to be completely Thai however she was not given a allow to take action by the coffeeshop. I feel it labored out higher for everybody— Thai influences in our native meals and vice versa makes for some fascinating dishes and I used to be intrigued.

What I attempted at J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise

It was a moist day once I visited and my eyes have been instantly drawn to the Natural Premium Bak Kut Teh (S$6.50 for small, S$14 for medium). I ordered the small and, judging from the beautiful beneficiant quantity of components in that bowl, consider the ‘Medium bowl is for sharing. I added a bowl of Rice (S$0.50) to my order.

I don’t know if it was the thunderstorm roaring away that morning, the regular pitter-patter of rain or the gusting winds however my Natural Premium Bak Kut Teh— with steam rising from the particular clay pot and mass of multicoloured components gracing its floor— regarded like probably the most fantastic meal on the earth.

J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise - Premium Herbal BKT

J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise serves this with chilli sauce and soya sauce (with chilli) in little resealable plastic tubs, nice for takeaway. I ought to make clear that the photograph might be barely deceptive— there appears to be little or no rice however that’s solely as a result of this stall makes use of rice bowls which are virtually twice the dimensions of different stalls. It was greater than ample.

My lengthy, deep inhalation of the attractive aroma from the pot despatched an electrifying dose of natural goodness down my throat. Even earlier than tasting a drop or morsel, I may distinguish most of the flavours the meal contained, particularly the heavenly scent of coriander.

I took a delicate sip and was rewarded with an much more intense infusion of natural goodness. The soup was actually fantastic and its peppery flavour was a welcome reduction from the chilly climate.

Fishing round and pushing the cabbage and coriander apart, I discovered myself 3 items of pork ribs, 3 pork liver items and a cluster of enoki mushrooms. They have been accompanied by 2 premium pork balls.

jkl - pork balls closeup

This final ingredient was the one distinction between my S$6.50 Natural Premium Bak Kut Teh and the cheaper Natural Bak Kut Teh (S$5.50).

As soon as you are taking a chunk, it’s straightforward to know why that is the ingredient that makes the bowl ‘premium’. Contemporary, good high quality pork balls soak up flavour and each final bit of those ones have been packed filled with tender, juicy goodness and elevated by the natural soup.

jkl - bowl of bkt

I discovered the pork ribs to be tasty and never too fatty. However, I’ve by no means been a fan of liver so I didn’t significantly take pleasure in them.

J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise - Premium Herbal BKT - pork liver

Nonetheless, they have been good to chew on with my rice, and I fairly preferred the best way the flavours combined once I added enoki mushrooms to the combo.

J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise - Premium Herbal BKT - enoki

I had wished to strive extra dishes however ended up slurping each final little bit of my soup and having no place for any extra. Oh nicely, that simply signifies that I’ll must return!

Ultimate ideas

jkl - location

It was simply good luck that the climate was so excellent for natural bak kut teh that day and it was S$6.50 very nicely spent.

Whereas I used to be very happy with my meal, I feel I ought to try to discover extra of the Thai dishes the subsequent time I go to J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise. Toon particularly recommends the Thai-style Pig Organ Soup (S$5.50).

From the tantalising pictures on the menu, I’m additionally desirous to check out their Moo Ping (S$8 for 3) as nicely. Those I attempted on the Parkway Parade Pasar Malam have me hooked.

I feel I’ll at all times affiliate J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise with the nice expertise I had with the Natural Premium Bak Kut Teh on that chilly morning. Nonetheless, I’m hoping to revisit quickly to broaden my exploration of their Thai aptitude.

Anticipated injury: S$4.50 – S$14.50 per pax

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Value: $

Our Score: 4.5 / 5

J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise

644 Hougang Avenue 8, Broadway Coffeeshop, #01-02, Singapore 530644


Our Score 4.5/5

J-KL Bak Kut Teh & Thai Paradise

644 Hougang Avenue 8, Broadway Coffeeshop, #01-02, Singapore 530644

Phone: +65 9224 5992

Working Hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm (Every day)



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