Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh

Joo Siah takes up two stalls
Some time back, I did a quick little food trail in the far West of Singapore. The wild frontiers have been pushed back by urbanisation, so there's actually quite a few good eats in this part of town.

One of the famous hawker eats here is Joo Siah Bak Kut Teh in Jurong West. By now, most people know that this is the fruit of an engineer who learned the trade from his brother-in-law in Sin Ming and started his own stall here. He's been very successful for 20-odd years now.

Our Joo Siah meal
We ordered the regular pork ribs (only S$4) with a few other dishes. They use fairly good quality rice (not the cheaper, broken type). And the dark soy sauce is nicely thick and rich. I can sometimes just eat that drizzled over rice.

Teochew style pork rib tea
The pork ribs are done Teochew style, in a garlicky and peppery broth. It was not bad, but personally I prefer much more pepper in my bak kut teh (I think I've probably been putting too much at home, when I cook it myself).

Braised pork trotters
But just like at Founder's, the star of the day was the braised pork trotters. It is such a generous portion too for S$4! The trotters have been braised so well, the meat is meltingly tender, and even the skin seems to be devoid of excess fat. You don't get the "jelak" feeling at all - we totally indulged in guilt-free gluttony!

Mei cai
Some preserved vegetables (S$1) to go with the meal. Nicely done, not too sweet.

In all, I think Joo Siah serves good value at those prices. The bak kut teh is less intense than I expected, but the pork trotters are worth coming back for.

Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1
#01-220 Yuehua Market & Hawker Centre
Singapore 600347
Open Tue–Sat: 8.45am – 8pm
Sun: 8.45am – 4pm
(Closed on Mon)


  1. wow, just when i thought i had my fair share of bak kut teh last week, u hv to tempt me with more pork rib goodness ... hehe

  2. the mei chai and the zhu jiao is to die for. :)

  3. I love pig trotters! How's the pig trotters when compared to the one at East Coast Hawker Centre?

  4. the braised pig trotters is damn nice. soft and nicely braised.

  5. you tried the chicken rice directly behind it?

    damm good as well!

  6. This is my regular haunt for reliable and always satisfying Bak Kut Teh treat. The Dough fritters stall right beside it serves up the best fritters for dipping into the soup, or even better enjoyed on its own. (:

  7. WOW... west recommendation again! *thumbs upz*
    will drop by here & try..
    thanks camemberu..

  8. The Braised pork looks ridiculously nice.

  9. I think your photos got plagerised here:

  10. Hi Anonymous,

    No, they didn't plagiarise that, because I wrote that article.

    However, CNNgo did use my chili crab photo here and wrongly attributed it to East Coast Seafood Centre.

    The crab photo is actually of chili crab from Palm Beach.


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