Top 5 Bak Kut Teh Places in Penang

That soupy tummy warming feeling just won't stop tempting us to go back!

Top 5 Bak Kut Teh Places in Penang

Although Penang is not as well-known as Klang when it comes to Bak Kut Teh, our little food heaven here do have many to offer when it comes to a good warm bowl of meaty herbal soup. We have checked out well over 15 stalls in Penang and here's a list of the best in our opinion.

Bak Kut Teh has always been a treat for those of us who love warm soup with strong meaty flavours.

Be it a cold rainy day that makes you scream the urges for tummy warming broth; a breakfast or supper sessions to fix your soup and meats craving; Bak Kut Teh has always been the choice of many Penangites.

Thankfully for us the food ninjas, we have an editor who has never say no when we ask for a bak kut teh treat.

After tasting so many great places in Penang, of course we have to share it with you guys the best bak kut teh places that will keep your tummies warm and cravings satisfied.

Let’s dig in!

Note: List is in no particular order; we will continue to update this post when we found something worth mentioning to you.

Best Bak Kut Teh Places in Penang


1. Bak Kut Teh at Coffee Island

Bak Kut Teh at Coffee Island
Bak Kut Teh at Coffee Island, Gurney Drive, Penang - credit: @makandoang

Having been in business for more than five decades, this place at Coffee Island definitely knows their thing when it comes to serving a pot of Bak Kut Teh that really warms up your tummy. It is no wonder they are one of the few go-to place in Penang when you need to fix your bak kut teh cravings.

Both the soup and dry version Bak Kut Teh are equally good with unique taste and flavours.

Coffee Island Bak Kut Teh (皇排肉骨茶)


Contact: +604-2272378

Operating Hours: Opens daily 7am - 1am

Address: 77 Gurney Drive 10250 George Town Penang

Facebook: Coffee Island Bak Kut Teh (皇排肉骨茶)


2. Khoon Klang Bak Kut Teh at Perak Road

Khoon Klang Bak Kut Teh at Perak Road
Khoon Klang Bak Kut Teh at Perak Road, Jelutong, Penang - credit: @devouritt

You can't talk about Penang Bak Kut Teh without mentioning Khoon Klang Bak Kut Teh. This place here in Perak Road is one of the more well-known spot in Penang if you're craving for some authentic bak kut teh soup. Though its dry version bak kut teh is also the big seller here for the tangier and sharper taste.

Their 3 Taste Tofu is another food ninja approved MUST eat dish!

Khoon Klang Bak Kut Teh (焜吧生肉骨茶)


Contact: +6016-4821359

Operating Hours: Opens daily 11am - 10:30pm, Close on Friday

Address: 320 Jalan Perak Jelutong 11600 George Town Penang


3. Food Master Bak Kut Teh at The Shark Food Court

Food Master Bak Kut Teh at The Shark Food Court
Food Master Bak Kut Teh at The Shark Food Court, Burmah Road, Penang - credit: Alvin Leow

Touted by many as one of the best bak kut teh in Penang, this stall is well hidden inside the less known The Shark Food Court (which was previously called Parma Food Court). After a few visits, we totally agree with those who has tipped us to this place.

Price is slightly on the high side, but we must say the quality does speak for itself.

Food Master Bak Kut Teh


Contact: +6012-4298772

Operating Hours: Open daily 8am - 1pm, Close on Thursday

Address: 192 Jalan Burma Kampung Syed 10350 George Town Penang


4. Beng Kee Bak Kut Teh at Old Green House

Beng Kee Bak Kut Teh at Old Green House
Beng Kee Bak Kut Teh at Old Green House, Burma Road, Penang - credit: @bendris_tazuno

Beng Kee Claypot Bak Kut Teh at the Old Green House is exactly the kind of stall that will keep you coming back for more. The broth here are so good that it instantly hits the right spot for us! We're pretty sure that you'll get your meat cravings satisfied and leave the place with a warm tummy.

This is a great supper place for night owls as they're open till late!

Beng Kee Claypot Bak Kut Teh (明记砂煲肉骨茶)


Operating Hours: Open daily 6pm - 2:30am, Close on Sunday

Address: 223 Jalan Burma 10050 George Town Penang


5. Lao Fu Zi Bak Kut Teh, Penang

Lao Fu Zi Bak Kut Teh, Penang
Lau Fu Zi Bak Kut Teh at Paya Terubong and Dato Keramat, Penang - credit: @megumiseul

Nope, you won't get your bak kut teh served in a claypot at Lao Fu Zi. They use a normal bowl instead. But nevertheless, you get to enjoy the soup warm and nice just like what you'd expect from a nice bak kut teh stall.

Don't say we didn't warn you about their meat floss vegetable!

Lao Fu Zi Bak Kut Teh Dato Keramat (老夫子肉骨茶)


Contact: +6012-4248665

Operating Hours: Open daily 6pm to 3am, Close on Tuesday

Address: Lot 13 Lorong Jalan Trem 10460 Jalan Air Itam Penang

Lao Fu Zi Bak Kut Teh Paya Terubong (老夫子肉骨茶)


Contact: +6012-4268255

Operating Hours: Open daily 6pm to 3am, Close on Tuesday

Address: 1250-A Jalan Paya Terubong 11060 Penang

So this is currently our list of best bak kut teh in Penang.

Have you tried any of them?

Do share with us if you know any other great bak kut teh places!

Bak Kut Teh or pork ribs herbal soup is a popular dish consumed in Malaysia and Singapore.

The name of the dish means “meat bone tea” in Hokkien. The meat here refers to pork mainly; though there are also chicken or vegetarian versions.

In Malaysia, whenever Bak Kut Teh is mentioned, the locals will often relate it to Klang as the place of origin.

It is believe that the soup-based dish was invented to help the Chinese workers at Port Klang to supplement their diets and prevent health problems like arthritis and rheumatism. (as many of them worked as manual workers that carries heavy loads in barefoot and are easily afflicted with joint problems)

Traditionally, the pork broth is simmered for long hours in claypots; with Chinese herbals, spices, meaty pork ribs, pork belly, and big pork bones. Light and dark soy sauce are also added to the soup during cooking.

These days, claypots are replaced with big stainless steel pots when cooking and is only used when serving to keep the food warm; while some stalls has totally replaced it with normal bowls.

There are actually two variations of Bak Kut Teh; namely the Teochew Bak Kut Teh and Hokkien Bak Kut Teh. The main difference between the two is the Teochew versions are slightly lighter than the Hokkien’s.

Bak Kut Teh is often served with “you char kuih” (Chinese fried dough strips) and rice. Light or dark soy sauce along with chopped chili padi and garlics are offered as condiment to be taken together with the meats.

Other than the traditional broth, a dry version of Bak Kut Teh (which has its broth further cooked and reduced to a thicker gravy) has also become increasingly popular within Malaysia in recent years.

Additions of other ingredients such as wolfberries, dates, dried squid slices and chilis are included in the dry version; which makes it tangier and stronger in taste.

Heads up! When it comes to food and experience, opinions varies from person to person. So please take ours with a pinch of salt.

Photo credit: @k_10kai