Superbly delicious bak kut teh and pig’s trotters which I highly recommend to anyone! (and this is the hallmark of a good social enterprise – that the product or service speaks for itself without needing to talk about the social cause in the first place).
Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh is in the business of giving second chances. With the Vision of raising up ex-offenders to help ex-offenders, it’s Mission is to provide ex-offenders a new start in life with a meaningful career.
This social enterprise is founded by ex-convict, Jabez Tan, who became a Christian during his prison term. He wants to use this business to provide gameful employment to ex-convicts and help them break free from the bondage of drugs and a criminal lifestyle.
Aside from Bak Kut Teh, they also offer other fare such as dry bak kut teh (dry ribs), braised pig’s trotters, tau guah tau pok, pig’s liver, salted veggies etc. If you like the herbally version of bak kut teh (as opposed to peppery type), this is the place to go! The pork ribs are tender, soft and juicy falling off the bone easily, and the soup is delicious. The braised pig’s trotters, or ‘te-kah’, is also outstanding! Succulent meat falling off the bone, infused with this raven black slightly tangy sauce and sinfully tasty skin and fat to wade through. OMG! So good!
They have several locations around Singapore as of today (September 2017), but they are so good I predict they will grow into more locations in the next few months and years (and I heard they have started franchising overseas already). Think of Benny Se Teo and what he has done with Eighteen Chefs. I believe Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh can similarly grow as a successful social enterprise.