Located along Balestier, this restaurant is famous for its Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh (clear, peppery broth). Apart from Bak Kut Teh, Founder also serves the usual side dishes that accompany Bak Kut Teh: you tiao (fried dough sticks), salted vegetables and innards. Rice and Teochew-style porridge are available for a more filling meal. Photos of local and international celebrities dining at the establishment are pasted on the walls, evidence of the stall's brisk business and popularity.
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The thing that attracted me to this place was the long queue during peak dinner hours along Balestier Road. So naturally I was curious to try it out going with the notion "so many people can't be wrong".
And it wasn't wrong. I can't remember how many times I refilled my bowl with their well concentrated soup but it was a really sumptuous meal, except that the soup was a tad too peppery, for me at least. The service too was great and overall it was a positive experience!
Peppery soup, big pork ribs
This is the place that I will go whenever I want to drink some hot soup on a rainy day. The soup was peppery and flavorful. I will usually ask for re-fill of the soup because one bowl is just not enough and I will be sweating after the meal. The pork ribs are tender and easy to chew, it will not get stuck in between the teeth.
We also ordered fried dough sticks and pig trotters. But I don't find their pig trotters nice. I had better ones elsewhere.
As for the service, don't bear high expectations and it will be okay.
Worth Encores ! Yummy !
Guess what ? this is one eatery I am actually "embarrassed" about. As local, as sort of a self-professed "foodie" I was introduced to Founder Bak Kut Teh none other than by my friend from Indonesia!
But to "redeem" myself, I have dined at the eatery many times since and even brought many other foreign friends there...so I need not to be ashamed anymore :)
The Bak Kut Teh at Founder are the peppery type and is a clear favourite with hordes of fans, even celebrities and statesmen, whose pictures with the owner are plastered all over the wall. Delicious food is certainly a great social leveller!
The basic order of lean ribs, with "you tiao" and rice will ensure that you leave the diner satisfied. To enhance the experience, the common side dishes like salted vegetables, boiled peanuts and braised "tau ki" -soya bean sticks should suffice...
and of course, the soup can be topped up with compliments...
Do make a beeline for the eatery if you are in the Balestier area...just mind the opening hours and off day. Bon Appetit :-9""
I have had better
I find that the teochew bak kut teh sold by this shop is actually quite decent, but I have definitely had better bak kut teh in other places of a better pricing. The soup's balance of spices and the white pepper is not very good, and I tasted too much pepper to be able to make out the taste of the pork ribs in the soup. While some credit should be given for tender pork ribs, the other dishes such as salted vegetables and braised beancurd skin were not very spectacular, and the organs boiled in soup were not very well cleaned and had a porky smell.
The food sold here is also very expensive to me and is not really worth the buy. Service is acceptable, and the seating is one of those old coffee shop settings, which is one of the shop's only plus points. If you want to eat here, go in the morning and you can dodge the queue, as I find that having to queuing up for this bak kut teh is not that worth it.
Peppery kind of shiok.
Its peppery soup base might not be a winner for everyone, but it certainly is for me. I've been to a couple of BKT stalls and most of their soup bases taste like soya sauce + water, which is nothing really special. I like how the inside of the restaurant is different from our local restaurants. It's a little more rowdy during crowded period, which on the other hand enhances the ambience of the place.
Breaking into a sweat is a definite takeaway, if you dine in there. I usually head over when it's raining and a bowl of their soup definitely warms me up. It's one of the best BKT restaurants in town and I'll definitely bring friends and family over for a good bowl of hot soup.
My type of bak kut teh
My friend from Malaysia once told me that Singapore's bak kut teh was not the original. It tasted more like pepper soup than the bak kut teh from Malaysia where there was more taste of herbs. I did not like to get into arguments on the origins of food, for me, as long as I liked the food, I could not care less whether it was the original recipe or copied recipe.
I especially like the hot pepper soup from Singapore's bak kut teh. Founder served such soup and I liked the feeling of the hot and spicy soup going down the throat. It may get a bit sweaty eating this dish because of our hot weather, the hot soup and a bit of spiciness from the pepper. I would normally have at least refills for my soup for each meal, I needed to re-hydrate back after sweating so much.
Worth waiting for!
This shop has been around for as long as I know but I must say that it serves really good Bak Kut Teh, the peppery kind. The soup is peppery and abit spice that gives it a good kick once you drink the piping hot soup. I must say that the Bak Kut Teh here is one of the best in town and if you are ever looking for a local experience this is the real deal.
Located along a row of shophouses along Balestier Road it can be an initial challenge spotting this store as there are a few Bak Kut Teh shops along the row as well. Normally you have to queue to get a seat and standing by the roadside is not a fu thing to do so time your visits well and you will be rewarded with a wonderful dining experience!
Maybe not perfect but still a place worth going
The place to go if you like peppery bak kut teh soup. It is usually very crowded and it will take a while before you can get your seat. But the staff are generally fast and efficient and you usually don't have to wait long. The restaurant's ambience is generally satisfactory for a roadside restaurant. The store is a destination point for many local and regional celebrities - as seen by the many pictures which are liberally plastered on the restaurant walls.
Price is a little steep, but acceptable as the quality of ribs is better than many other stalls in Singapore. Pork ribs are big and juicy and the soup is very tasty, although it is a little bit too oily. Side dishes in comparison are pretty ordinary. On a few occasions, the tau kee which I ordered was overcooked. But definitely a place to go if you just want to enjoy a good bowl of bak kut teh soup.
Good but not fantastic
My close friend and I use to drive pass this stall. There were always a crowd and so one day we decided we need to try it.
First impression was that it was pricey, though we kind of expected it. Then the soup came and we tried it with the Yew Tiao. I asked for another plate of dark sauce and the helper just walked away. I take it as he didn't hear me.
The Bah Kut Teh taste good, but not fantastic enough to live up to its hype.
Founder BaKut Teh is real good!
My friend Thomas and his buddy Dan are huge fans of this place and told me that i should try it out when i visit SG.
I have tried a few bakut teh before but the one here is really good. I love the peppery taste of the soup and the best part about it is the huge chunks of meat on the ribs. The meat tasted fresh and wasnt too 'fatty'
Have the soup with the you tiao( fried dough fritters) and your tummy will thank you.
The price is a bit high but its worth every dollar as the overall satisfaction when you are done is well worth it