So you’ve eaten and loved most of our local food. But we know one underrated dish you’ve yet to try – mutton soup.
Our local food runs the gamut from crowd favourites such as chicken rice and nasi lemak to flavoursome gems like laksa and chicken curry. But we want to shine the spotlight on the underrated mutton soup, which consists of mutton pieces cooked in a broth and served with bread or rice. There are two types available in Singapore: the Chinese-style mutton soup has a clear, light broth infused with various herbs such as wolfberries and dates, while the Indian Muslim-style, also known as sup kambing, has a thick, spicy broth that’s made with spices. Curious to try them? Here are the best places serving mutton soup in Singapore.
The best places for mutton soup in Singapore
1. M.A. Deen Biasa
Biasa means “normal” in Malay, though there’s nothing typical about this establishment. While M.A. Deen Biasa is famous for its sup tulang merah (red marrow bone soup), the mutton soup deserves mention, too. The rich, fragrant broth contains chunky meat pieces and is garnished with green onions, giving the soup texture and flavour. Wash it all down with a cup of teh tarik, and you’re all set. If you’re still hungry, we recommend getting the pizza prata – it’s definitely the best of both worlds!
M.A. Deen Biasa, 95/97 Jalan Sultan, Singapore 198998
2. Chai Chuan Tou Mutton Soup
This Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient often sees long queues the moment it opens – you know what that means, right? Its popular offering continually sells out before 2pm! Chai Chuan Tou’s mutton soup leans more towards the Teochew style, meaning the broth has a herbal, peppery kick. The stall uses New Zealand lamb in its dish, which is said to be less gamey. Enjoy the tender meat by dipping it into the tangy chilli sauce.
Chai Chuan Tou Mutton Soup, #01-51, Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre, 115 Bukit Merah View, Singapore 151115
3. Haji M. Abdul Rajak Stall
One of the oldest mutton soup stalls in Singapore (it’s been around since 1955!), Haji M. Abdul Rajak only serves sup kambing to its customers. No part of the animal is wasted, and you can specify your preferred mutton cuts upon ordering. Add the lamb’s brain to your order if you consider yourself an adventurous eater. The soup is accompanied by fluffy white bread, which you can dunk into the stew. Pro tip: if your soup’s running low, ask the stall for a free top-up.
Haji M. Abdul Rajak Stall, #01-03, Upper Boon Keng Market & Food Centre, 17 Upper Boon Keng Road, Singapore 380017
4. Hong Wen Mutton Soup
Here’s another stall in Singapore that serves Teochew-style mutton soup. The wolfberries and ginger lend an herbal taste to the broth, while the garlic cloves add more dimension to the soup’s flavour profile. Choose between the ribs, meatballs, tendon, and tripe, or order the mixed bowl containing all four types. The prices may be a little higher than the rest on the list, but we say it’s money well spent.
Hong Wen Mutton Soup, #04-20, Beauty World Centre, 44 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
5. A. Rashid Khan
Frequent visitors to Ayer Rajah Food Centre should be familiar with this halal-certified hawker stall. A. Rashid Khan’s offering is not the typical Indian Muslim style: the broth is lighter yet still spicy, filled with soft, chewy mutton cubes and garnished with coriander and leek. FYI, its mutton soup with brains is so good that the dish has been mentioned in the Michelin Guide. Be sure to order the highly-raved mee siam, too. The oddly orange colour may be a little bizarre, but it tastes sublime.
A. Rashid Khan, #01-58, Ayer Rajah Food Centre, 503 West Coast Drive, Singapore 120503
6. Jalan Besar Mutton Soup
If you’re keen to sample exotic meats in Singapore, Berseh Food Centre at Jalan Besar is where you can find options such as crocodile, turtle soup, and even shark meat. Of course, those looking for something a little safer (but still adventurous) can try Jalan Besar Mutton Soup. The mutton is succulent and not gamey, while the soup is lightly herbal. We have to say, the dipping sauce packs a punch!
Jalan Besar Mutton Soup, #02-57, Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Berseh, Singapore 208877
7. Bahrakath Mutton Soup King
Adam Road Food Centre may be synonymous with nasi lemak, but if you’re craving a bowl of gamey stew, hit up Bahrakath. It might be bold of this stall to call itself the mutton soup king, but after one slurp, you’d agree that its offering is royally impressive. The spices give the soup a distinctive flavour profile, while the fried shallots add fragrance. The only gripe we have is that the bread is sold separately; otherwise, this is one place you’ll return to for a comforting bowl. Psst: we’re told the biryani here is to die for.
Bahrakath Mutton Soup King, #01-10, Adam Road Food Centre, 2 Adam Road, Singapore 289876
8. Lao Wu Ji Mutton Soup
Where can you find the best mutton soup in Singapore? Answers may vary, but Lao Wu Ji will probably be most people’s top choice. Located in Ang Mo Kio, the humble stall’s broth features hints of herbal aromatics and an underlying sweetness thanks to the goji berries. Each order is accompanied by two types of chilli, which pair well with the mutton bits. This stall is only open five hours daily, so you better rush down and get your mutton soup before it sells out.
Lao Wu Ji Mutton Soup, Cheng San Centre, 532 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, Singapore 560532
Don’t be a lamb – try the best bowls of mutton soup in Singapore now!