This was quite an unexpected find. We were about to have a generic dinner at Central across the road, when we chanced upon this bustling bak kut teh shop on the corner of New Bridge Road.
It's run like a well-oiled machine, with waiters in uniform and name tags. I was a bit afraid that this meant rather soul-less food, like over-commercialised Ng Ah Sio, but thankfully I was proven wrong.
We ordered one large and one small portion of the pork ribs, the salted vegetables and you tiao. The pork ribs weren't quite as tender or flavourful as Founder, nor the soup as peppery, but all things considered this place comes a close second. The ribs still came clean off the bone, and the broth, when consumed piping hot, still packs quite a satisfying punch.
Avoid the you tiao at all costs though. They dish it out of a big tupperware and it looks like it's been there for ages. It’s dry and tastes pretty stale. A polished off the whole dish, and promptly fell ill after.
My vote still goes to Founder, but I must say this is much more convenient after work, and you don't have to wait in line for half an hour (or more) at peak periods.
Probably my pick for second best bak kut teh in Singapore. Service is good. The ribs are tender and giam chai is tasty. The only bad points would be the bad you tiao and the usual wait for a table.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
11 and 17 New Bridge Road
11 New Bridge Road: Last order 9.30 pm
17 New Bridge Road: Last order 10 pm
Closed on Mondays