Heartland Gems @ South West
Habib Family Restaurant
Halal Bak Kut Teh
Have you ever tried halal bak kut teh? Here at Habib Family Restaurant, treat your tastebuds with Singapore’s first halal bak kut teh! But make sure to come early – you don’t want to be stuck in the queue!
Address: Blk 374 Bukit Batok Street 31, #01-194, Singapore 650374
If you’re a Muslim, having a non-Muslim friend describe the wonders of bak kut teh to you is not very fun.
You have to sit there while they go on and on about the richness of the broth, the tenderness of the pork ribs, and the lip-smacking heartiness of the dish, perfect for warming you up on a cold evening.
But now thanks to Habib Family Restaurant, Muslim foodies can get in on the action. According to co-owner Faris Habib, the restaurant employed a Chinese chef who knows how to make authentic bak kut teh.
Using beef instead of pork, they mix it with the original bak kut teh herbs to create an authentic bak kut teh dish that the Malay community can enjoy.
Slow-simmered in a herbal broth and served with white rice, kang kong, sambal belacan and an omelette, the restaurant's bak kut teh set presents an interesting new taste even for experienced connoisseurs.
Besides bak kut teh, the restaurant also serves other mouthwatering Asian dishes like beef hor fun and fried butter sotong.
Bak kut teh's story
Bak kut teh, also known as pork ribs soup, is a well-liked local Chinese dish. It is claimed that Bak kut teh originated from China’s Fujian Province that was brought into Singapore and Malaysia back in the 19th century when there were an influx of immigrants moving to this region. There were also some claims that bak kut teh originated from Malaysia, by a Chinese physician in Klang back in the 1900s. However, no one really knows the actual roots of this dish.
What most know is how versatile and flavourful this herbal soup is. There are three different kinds of bak ku teh in Singapore: Hokkien, Cantonese and Teochew. The Hokkiens preferred their bak kut teh to be saltier and stronger scent. The Cantonese preferred their bak kut teh to be have a more medicinal herbs taste that is less salty. Finally, the Teochews preferred theirs to have a lighter, garlicky and peppery taste. The different dialect groups have improvised bak ku teh to suit their palate. Overtime, bak kut teh has evolved and now we even have those that cook with other types of meat that are non-pork, including the Muslim community to have a taste of this local dish. This dish has truly brought many communities together with its versatility.
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HEARTLAND GEMS @ SOUTH WEST
The South West Community Development Council (CDC), in collaboration with Corporate Alliance for Good Ltd (CAforGood), LDR Technology Pte Ltd (LDR), SG Digital Office (SDO), and the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), are launching the first of its kind, Heartland Gems @ South West Augmented Reality (AR) Trail on 2 July 2022.
This initiative aims to encourage residents to appreciate the rich history, culture and heritage of the heartlands and learn new digital skills in support of the Digital for Life (DfL) movement.
The inaugural trail at Bukit Gombak comprises 15 interesting scenic spots such as the Little Guilin and local food delicacies at the Neighbourhood Food Centre. Through the use of augmented reality and QR code placed strategically along the trails, residents can discover interesting facts and history about the places and stories of the hawkers and merchants, enjoy little games at the various spots and take fun photos with 3D AR objects.
For the convenience of customers, there are coffee shops like Air Pasang, shops and stalls like Top Durian, and Sin Chwee Mini Mart which accept E-payments and allow customers to transact digitally using their mobile phones. Customers can also use their CDC vouchers to pay for their purchases.
Come experience this special AR trail now, and enjoy the heartland gems Bukit Gombak can offer!