Founder Bak Kut Teh Restaurant
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.
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!
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.
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""
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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