Eating Bak Kut Teh in Bangkok at JAKKAPAT
Bak Kut Teh (บักกุ๊ดเต๋) is a popular dish in Malaysia and Singapore, but not easy to find in Thailand. A handful of shop serves the dish in Bangkok, but I never had the chance to try it. Here comes JAKKAPAT (จักรพรรดิ์) that opened next door to my place and I couldn’t miss the opportunity to eat some Bak Kut Teh again.
Bak Kut Teh is basically a pork ribs soup. Being of Chinese origins, the soup is a mix of Chinese herbs and spices that gives it distinct taste ! Everything simmers together for many hours and the result is this wonderful dish.
JAKKAPAT offers 5 differents bak kut teh version, the priciest one at 2000 baht including abalone. The cheapest at 150 baht is a small, single portion while the others are the same bigger size with additional ingredients (I got a picture of the menu at the end). This time we took the 500 baht version. We ordered some extra enoki mushrooms that we added to the soup along some salad leaves and green onions.
At JAKKAPAT the soup is thicker and darker than what I had (a while ago) in Singapore and Malaysia. The soup has such a rich and comforting flavor ! In a quick chat with the manager (owner?) we got told this is the Southern Thai version of the Bak Kut Teh. Astonished that a Thai version of bak kut teh already exist, we didn’t ask further details!
You can accompany your bak kut teh with rice or noodles, but the best way is to soak fried dough (patongo / ปาท่องโก๋) in the soup, a revelation !
There is a few rice dishes too, this one is the fried rice with salted Chinese olive. Not a fan of chinese olive by itself, but this was fine.
Another side dish we took was the fried taro with peanuts. Very crispy and the sweet dip is mandatory !
JAKKAPAT is located right on Phaholyothin road (ถนนพหลโยธิน) near the Saphan Kwai intersection (เเยกสะพานควาย). It is midway between the Ari (อารีย์) and Saphan Kwai (สะพานควาย) BTS stations.
JAKKAPAT is definitely a place to try for the bak kut teh aficionado or for people who wanna try this less common dish in Bangkok.