Is it challenging to find halal versions of local dishes that typically contain pork or lard? Not if you know where to look.
One such hidden gem is Anak Bapak, a Muslim-owned stall in Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre specialising in hard-to-find halal bak kut teh.
Run by a Malay father-son duo, the hawker stall boasts an extremely extensive menu of local Chinese fare, which includes the likes of chicken rice, wanton mee, fishball noodles, char kway teow, fried carrot cake, and most notably, bak kut teh.
Served in a claypot, the signature Beef Bak Kut Teh (S$7) is prepared with beef ribs, beef brisket, Chinese herbs (like dang gui, red dates, and wolfberries), and plenty of garlic, yielding a rich, peppery and herbal broth that’ll leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
This unique bak kut teh, which boasts fall-off-the-bone tender beef, is best enjoyed with rice — chicken rice, in this case — and fiery homemade sambal. Unsurprisingly, it is very popular amongst Muslim-Chinese converts who miss eating regular bak kut teh, which goes to show how authentic the flavours are.
There are also several other traditionally non-halal dishes on the menu, like Char Kway Teow (S$5.50) and Wanton Mee, which come in different variations — take your pick from Roasted Duck (S$6), Soya Sauce Chicken (S$6), Shredded Chicken (S$5.50) and even Beef Char Siew (S$6).
Halal char siew rice and wanton mee? I’m all for it!
Will you be heading down for halal bak kut teh at this underrated stall in the East anytime soon?
????4A Eunos Cres, #01-16, Eunos Crescent Market and Food Centre, Singapore 402004
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