Rong Hua is the first authentic Bak Kut Teh (literally means “meat bone tea”) concept restaurant in Manila from one of Singapore’s oldest and most famous pork rib soup shops by founding grandfather Chua Ah Hua and Uncle Rong.

Brought to Manila by master franchisee Silver Lush Food Corporation, it has three branches in Singapore before expanding for the first time outside the Lion City. Finally, we now have a place to satisfy our cravings for our Singapore Bak Kut Teh favorite right here.

Here’s what to expect at Rong Hua Manila:

 

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh Philippines
by Silverlush Food Corp
Unit A-102 Mckinley West Park, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00 am to 11.00 pm
FacebookRongHuaPH
Instagram: @ronghuaphilippines
Websitehttps://www.ronghua.com.sg/

First Things First

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh’s name comes from the restaurant’s founders. In the 1920s, the restaurant’s founding grandfather Chua Ah Hua migrated to Singapore in search of a better life. When he came to Singapore, Bak Kut Teh was already a popular dish around the modern-day Clarke Quay area.

Ah Hua worked as a manual laborer who unloaded sacks of rice. By consuming Bak Kut Teh, he discovered that he found a much-needed energy boost for his exhausting job. His interest in the dish inspired him to become a kitchen apprentice at a well-known Bak Kut Teh stall owned by a village elder Uncle Rong.

Under Uncle Rong, Ah Hua mastered the art of cooking Bak Kut Teh. Both master and apprentice later created their own unique blend of the pork ribs soup recipe, which now carries their names. Before Uncle Rong passed away, he named Ah Hua as his personal successor.

The flagship branch is located at Asiatown in the new Mckinley West development flanked by buildings dedicated to Filipino and Chinese call centers.

The store is popular for lunch among Filipinos looking to satisfy their Singapore cravings and for dinner among Chinese looking for the authentic health benefits of its Bak Kuh Teh.

Rong Hua Manila Menu: Pork Rib Soup | Pork Ribs Premium | Sliced Fish Soup, Pork Intestine Soup, Pork Tenderloin, Pig Tail Soup | Pork Liver Soup, Pork Kidney Soup, Misua Soup | Braised Beancurd | Braised Pork Trotters, Braised Pork Intestine | Vegetable Dishes | Steamed Lotus Buns, Honey Baked Char Sao, Bean Paste Steamed Fish | Hometown Chicken, Smoked Duck, Steamed Fish Maw Seafood Roll | Stir Fry Ginger Garlic Chicken

The Rong Hua Manila menu is focused on the soups and Singaporean specialties like smoked duck.

 


Bak Kuh Teh

Pork Rib Premium

Pork Rib Premium (250g – ₱350). Slow cook premium cut of pork rib, garlic, white pepper, star anise and coriander.

Order the premium pork rib to enjoy the flavor of the pork rib and the soup with garlic. The meat has an herby flavor, and it’s tender with a good bite (but does not fall off the bone).

The pork ribs’ meat flavor is better in Manila because the ribs are sourced fresh locally, unlike in Singapore where they are  imported into the country.

Bak Kut Teh soup. Hand-cut pork rib slow-cooked to perfection with a hint of garlic and pepperish flavor from the soup.

The signature recipe has a spicy pepperish flavor from Sarawak white peppercorns, known for providing benefits such as replenished calcium, improved eyesight and enhanced immunity.

Pork Rib Soup

Pork Rib Soup (150g – ₱220). Slow-cooked pork with garlic, white pepper, star anise and coriander flavors.

The Bak Kuh Teh recipe typically includes meaty pork ribs simmered for hours in a complex broth of herbs and spices, including star anise, cinnamon, cloves, dang gui, fennel seeds, coriander and garlic.

Enjoy it with their dark and light soy sauce mixed with chili.

 


Singaporean

After enjoying the soup, you can taste other authentic Singaporean flavors.

Smoked Duck

Smoked Duck (120g – ₱350). A salt and sugar cured duck, with our own in-house pineapple and sugar glaze sauce, that’s smoked to perfection.

Our group’s favorite was the smoke cured duck with a fatty layer of skin drizzled with their char sao sauce and finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds over a bed of lettuce.

It had the sweet smoky taste of duck ham with umami from the fat.

Steamed Lotus Buns

Steamed Lotus Buns (3 pc. – ₱160). Very soft steamed lotus buns with sticky pork char sao and lettuce greens.

Cua pao with a thick layer of pork belly.

Handmade Fried Prawnroll

Handmade Fried Prawnroll (₱280)

Prawn rolls with crispy lumpia skin dipped in plum sauce.

Braised Beancurd with Chicken Feet

Braised Beancurd with Chicken Feet (80/100g – ₱190). Slow-cooked-until-fall-off-the-bone chicken feet cooked with our signature braised sauce, paired with a firm and beany taste of the bean curd skin.

A Chinese favorite of chicken feet on a bed of bean curd skin braised with their signature sauce and coriander.

My wife loved this, and she was hoping that someday I’d get to enjoy it with her.

Stir Fry Ginger Garlic Chicken

Stir Fry Ginger Garlic Chicken (200g – ₱250). Sauteed chicken tenders in Asian aromatics with a balance of sweet-sour and salty flavors.

Strips of chicken in ginger, garlic and spring onion served in a pot.

Ripe Mango Sago

Ripe Mango Sago (₱120)

End with a Mango sago that resembled the Thai version more in terms of flavor.


Final Thoughts

Definitely, Rong Hua is the best place to satisfy your Bak Kuh Teh cravings in Manila with free unlimited soup refills.

I would go back to try the other pork soup options like pork tenderloin soup, pig liver soup, pig kidney soup and pigtail soup.

Don’t forget to order their smoked duck and braised specialties.

Congratulations to Joyce Balbuena and the Silver Lush Food Corporation team for successfully opening Rong Hua in Manila!

 

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh Philippines
by Silverlush Food Corp
Unit A-102 Mckinley West Park, Taguig
Operating Hours: Open Daily 11.00 am to 11.00 pm
FacebookRongHuaPH
Instagram: @ronghuaphilippines
Websitehttps://www.ronghua.com.sg/

Live an Awesome Life,
Anton
Founder, Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh.  I wrote this article with my biases, opinions and insights.

P.S. They have committed to open 5 branches in Manila, so watch out for their store openings near you.