Best Bak Kut Teh in Penang

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Bak Kut Teh literally translates as “meat bone tea”, and is a dish originated from the Hokkien migrants during the British colonial era in Malaysia. Chunks of pork ribs, assorted mushrooms, tofus, and Chinese cabbages simmer in the rich broth infused with herbs and spices, exuding a delicate fragrance that initiates your salivation. We have handpicked the best spots dishing out authentic pots of bak kut teh for you to start slurping the pot squeaky clean.  

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    Coffee Island is a charming restaurant tucked blissfully along Gurney Drive, where locals and tourists alike are singing praises for their mixture of Western and Asian meals. Among the stars of this restaurant is their Bak Kut Teh, with a choice of either the dry or soup version. Priding itself with serving pork without any antibiotics or hormones, the meats are a little chewy, yet packed with flavours. Nab a table in their al fresco setting; the breezy cool air and mild music elevates the meaty hot pot dining experience.

    Tips

    Get in early to secure a spot at their popular al fresco dining area.

    Things to expect

    Authentic bak kut teh in a pleasant environment.

    Best with

    Assorted smoothies

    Price

    RM8.00 to RM40.00

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    Coffee Island View restaurant

    77, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    +604-2298880

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    07:00AM—01:00AM
    Sunday
    07:00AM—03:00PM
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    Gurney Carnation Bak Kut Teh

    Spanning more than 25 years, this humble stall has been taking the locals and tourists by storm with their impeccable pot of Bak Kut Teh. The broth is meticulously boiled for hours with assorted cuts of pork, herbs, and spices to evoke your appetite. The pork ribs are simmered till tender, accompanied with a generous portion of vegetables, and are best eaten with their special Yam Rice. Their wide range of stir fried vegetables should not be missed too. 

    Tips

    Another outlet is available at The One, Bayan Lepas.

    Things to expect

    Aromatic and flavourful meal.

    Best with

    Chili and garlic condiment with dark soya sauce

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM30.00

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    Gurney Carnation Bak Kut Teh View restaurant

    63, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, Georgetown, Penang
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    0125533927

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    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    07:30AM—02:30PM
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    Yi Xiang Bak Kut Teh

    Along the restless Macalister Road lies this brightly-lit and spacious restaurant that holds a reputation among locals for their impeccable Bak Kut Teh. Upon entering this realm of pork, be astounded with the choices of cuts - from ankle to shank; you name it, they serve it. Unlike other restaurants, pick your preferred cuts of meat and it will be separately served in their thick, dark soup. As each cut of pork has its own unique flavours, you can test how discerning your palate is.

    Tips

    Get in early as waiting for an empty table does test one's patience at this popular bak kut teh joint.

    Things to expect

    Big portions of meat.

    Best with

    Chili and garlic condiments

    Price

    RM20.00 to RM50.00

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    Yi Xiang Bak Kut Teh View restaurant

    88, Jalan Macalister, 11400, Georgetown, Penang
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    042298131

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    Every day
    10:00AM—03:00PM
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    06:00PM—11:00PM
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    Delima Mas Cafe

    Delima Mas Cafe definitely bombards your brain with a plethora of local delights to choose from. Looking for a toothsome yet wallet-friendly Bak Kut Teh? Head further in till you spot a welcoming uncle behind a busy stall. You’ll be amazed by the  varieties of pork cuts this little stall offers. Serving a rich herbal soup in a clay pot with an assortment of lean and fatty cuts, offal, vegetables, mushrooms, beancurd, meat balls, Chinese crullers and even black fungus for an earthy flavour, this hidden gem is nothing short of amazing.

    Tips

    The stall does not open for business the whole day, so get in early to avoid disappointment.

    Things to expect

    Humble stall with big flavours, value for money too.

    Best with

    Add some noodles to your bak kut teh for a new twist to this all-time favourite dish.

    Price

    RM6.00 to RM20.00

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    Delima Mas Cafe View restaurant

    Gelugor 2, Lorong Delima 6, Green Lane Market, 11700, Georgetown, Penang
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    0164433304

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    10:00AM—06:00PM
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    Bak Kut Teh Good Master

    Not a soup person? Why worry when a renowned restaurant in Bukit Mertajam has been churning out the best of both dry and traditional Bak Kut Teh. It does impersonate rojak at a glance, as the tender meats of pork ribs, intestines, tofu, okras and other vegetables are coated in a concoction of dried chilies and dark soya sauce. Pair the precious pot with regular sides of yam rice and crispy Chinese crullers for a truly satisfying meal.

    Tips

    Gather a big group and share both the pots of dry and soup versions.

    Things to expect

    Exceptional dry and soup versions of bak kut teh.

    Best with

    Tea

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM50.00

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    Bak Kut Teh Good Master View restaurant

    134, Jalan Tembikai, Taman Mutiara, 14000, Georgetown, Penang
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    0124235896

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    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    09:30AM—02:00PM
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:00PM—10:00PM
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    Beng Heang Bak Kut Teh

    During cold rainy nights, it’s undeniable that a sizzling pot of Bak Kut Teh can warm both the soul and belly. For more than 15 years, this humble restaurant has been renowned for flocking patrons till late hours, akin to walking into a "clay pot bar". The broth has the perfect balance of earthy and savoury flavours that bind the chunks of pork ribs, tofu, beancurd sheets and assorted vegetables. On top of that, their dish of boiled lettuce topped with meat floss and braised chicken legs is worth devouring too. 

    Tips

    Reservations are accepted.

    Things to expect

    Hearty portions of meat and vegetables.

    Best with

    Dark oiled rice

    Price

    RM10.00 to RM40.00

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    Beng Heang Bak Kut Teh View restaurant

    554-S Jalan Air Itam, 11400, Georgetown, Penang
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    048291906

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    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
    05:30PM—02:00AM
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