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Founder Bak Kut Teh (Bugis)

1050 Wishlisted
~$10/pax
Founder Rou Gu Cha Cafeteria “發起人肉骨茶” have been serving aromatic “Rou Gu Cha,肉骨茶” (also known as Bak Kut Teh in the Hokkien/Teochew dialect) for over 40 years, Founder Rou Gu Cha Cafeteria has established a reputation as one of the best Rou Gu Cha in Singapore.

530 North Bridge Road
#01-01
Singapore 188747

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Thursday:
11:00am - 02:00am

Friday:
11:00am - 02:00am

Saturday:
11:00am - 02:00am

Sunday:
11:00am - 02:00am

Monday:
11:00am - 02:00am

Tuesday:
11:00am - 02:00am

Wednesday:
11:00am - 02:00am

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My fav BKT place!!! Their soups are v flavourful and comes with free refills! Their veg and youtiao are also not oily, very healthy😆

Expected more since this was raved but it was pretty normal. The broth is nice, but just as others had reviewed, the soup turns cold very quickly because the aircon in the restaurant is too strong. Fortunately for me, the meat isn’t as dry or tough as what others said, which is pretty good.

However, the service can be improved. We ordered the youtiao and it took forever to come. It only came when I was almost done with the meal, and had to remind the staff around 4 times for my youtiao, because I saw her serving others. She even accidentally poured hot soup on my mum, which really made the dining experience rather unpleasant.

This was not nice 🥺 the meat was tough and dry, doesn’t fall off the bone at all, & hard to eat. Also ordered taupok that is overly sweet.

My date and I got their Founder BKT ($9.80) alongside the free Popularity BKT by using Burpple Beyond. The difference is in the meat - Founder BKT came with a rib and Popularity came with unknown parts. Meat was dry and slightly tough, but it was quickly fixed when I doused it in chili and dark sauce. You can also request for chopped garlic to add into your condiments!

Soup was less peppery than most named stores. If you prefer lighter broth, you’d enjoy this. Unfortunately I was seated under the ceiling fan, and the food cooled really quickly.

We ordered charcoal youtiao ($2), which was a win cause the fried fritter was crispy and hot! It was also really oily with grease all over the plate, but that was expected. Taste of charcoal was unnoticeable.

Braised peanuts ($3.50, small) was a great treat, perfect for 2-3 people.

Service was attentive and I appreciated the quick soup refills.

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Trying out the BKT from @founderbkt at Bugis with #burpplebeyond! Glad to say that the quality of the food turned out to be better than expected, as I tried it previously at the other outlet and felt it was only average at most then. The pork tasted fresh with no weird porky aftertaste. The soup was also peppery enough and not overly salty. The lettuce was really crisp too. The only 2 letdowns were the braised tau kee and the rice, as both were too tough IMO. I also felt the braised sauce to be too sweet. Otherwise, the BKT here is pretty worth a try! 🐷

Soup was peppery and hot on initial taste, and mellowed into a more rounded flavour. The meat however, was rather dry/tough, and perhaps only the spare rib in the $9.80 option & 1 piece of the other type of meat was passable.

The service left much to be desired. We were v thirsty from our run, and asked for some warm water. It took a ridiculous amount of time for the water to come. We went over to check if we could just serve ourselves (the jug was just right there), and the waiter said that the water would be coming soon (but no it didn’t). And when it finally did come, they served it in a plastic cup with a plastic straw (??!!). Okay the plastic issue is something management has to look into, so can’t help that until they change their SOPs, but I can’t understand how water can take so long to be served.

Honestly this place is ~okay~ but I wouldn’t come back, my first (and probably last) visit left a bad impression.

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