Let’s be honest – mutton doesn’t have the best rep. It’s gamey, greasy and “heaty”, and most people either love it or hate it. But if it’s cleaned and cooked well with the right herbs, mutton soup can be invigorating, nourishing and simply tasty. Both the Chinese-style mutton soup and Indian Muslim-style sup kambing cook the meat for hours to create a rich broth that is comforting for the stomach and the soul. Without further ado, we’ve rounded some of the best sup kambing and mutton soup in Singapore that are perfect to have on a rainy day!
Mutton soup is something that is becoming more uncommon in Singapore, as not everyone likes the gamey taste and scent. But Hong Wen Mutton Soup is still going strong and they’ve been at it for over 40 years! Choose from Mutton Stomach Soup, Mutton Soup, Mutton Tendon Soup or Mixed Mutton Soup. Expect fall-off-the-bone meat and fragrant soup with herbal notes!
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #04-20, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 11 am–3 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
With a history dating back to 1955, Haji M. Abdul Rajak is often touted to have the best mutton soup in Singapore, and one sip from their bowl might have you agree! There’s only Soup Kambing on the menu, but the stall allows you to choose your preferred cut of mutton. They also have many exotic cuts, such as tongue and brains. The soup is incredibly aromatic, thanks to the blend of spices that goes into it, and the taste of mutton permeated the soup without an overt gaminess. Rich, savoury and warm, it is simply perfect with some of their fluffy bread on a chilly day.
Address: 17 Upper Boon Keng Rd, #01-03, Singapore 380017
Opening Hours: 11 am–11:30 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
On a rainy day there’s nothing better than a piping hot bowl of kambing soup, and not many does it as well as A Rashid Khan. Inside this spicy broth are chunks of mutton, garnished with coriander and leek. The soup also comes with sliced french loaf so your tummy will surely be satisfied! If you are feeling adventurous, try the mutton soup with brains – it’s even been mentioned in the Michelin Guide! They also serve Indian-style mee siam, which is a rare dish today, once enjoyed in the olden days of Singapore.
Address: 503 W Coast Dr, #01-58, Singapore 120503
Opening Hours: 8 am–11 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Iqbal Soup Kambing is a boon for mutton lovers. They serve various spicy lamb dishes, but their Sup Kambing is the star here. Thick, velvety soup is loaded with spices and aromatics, along with a subtle underlying mutton fragrance which isn’t gamey. The tender mutton is fall-off-the-bone and incredibly flavourful. The stall also has tongue, bone marrow and brains… if you are up for it!
Address: 1 Geylang Serai, #02-128, Singapore 402001
Opening Hours: 9 am–4 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
For steaming-hot, peppery bowls of sup kambing, Bahrakath Mutton Soup King is your go-to. From $8 and up, you can get a bowl of mutton soup full of your choice of ribs, mutton leg or innards. Make sure to order some pillowy bread to help mop up all the soup! You won’t want to waste a single drop.
Address: 2 Adam Rd, #01-10, Singapore 289876
Opening Hours: 11 AM–12 AM daily
Chai Chuan Tou's mutton soup is made Teochew-style, which is slightly peppery and herbal and lighter than its Hainanese counterpart. With more than 30 years of history, the stall is a Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient that draws in a long queue consistently. Customers can choose from a variety of parts like ribs, meatballs, tripe, tendon, and even lamb brains for the extra adventurous. Garnished with coriander and brimming with umami, the herbal soup is served with rice and a tangy chilli sauce. The stall only opens for two and a half hours, so be sure to head down early to avoid disappointment!
Address: 115 Bukit Merah View, #01-51, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 11 AM–1:30 PM Tues to Sat. Closed Sun & Mon
Ask a mutton fan where’s the best mutton soup in Singapore and chances are Lao Wu Ji Mutton Soup will come up. This humble stall serves a version closer to the Teochew style that's sweet with herbal flavours and garnished with shredded ginger and coriander. You’ll find a variety of mutton meat here from rib, tripe, tendon, shank and mutton ball, and for a taste of everything we recommend getting the Mixed Mutton! Enjoy it with not one, but two different types of chilli sauce.
Address: 532 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560532
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–3 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Conveniently located beside Bedok MRT, New World serves up Teochew-style mutton soup and is also a Michelin Plate recipient. New World’s take is a lighter version that is clear and clean-tasting with hints of herbal notes permeating the dish. The chilli sauce is a sour and spicy concoction that helps to cut through the richness of the meat.
Address: 208B New Upper Changi Rd, #01-23, Singapore 462208
Opening Hours: 9:30 AM–10 PM Thurs to Mon. Closed Tues & Wed
Haji Kadir Food Chains have been around for a long time and are known for their Sup Kambing. Located at Lavender and Tampines, the soup here is thick and flavourful and the soulful broth will warm you right up, especially on a cold, rainy day. The mutton chunks are tender without any gaminess, and some slices of baguette are a must to mop up every last drop!
Address: Multiple outlets
Berseh Food Centre in Jalan Besar is a popular spot for exotic meats like crocodile, turtle soup and even shark meat. So it should be no surprise that they have great mutton soup here too! Jalan Besar Mutton Soup serves a rendition that lightly herbal, non-greasy and aromatic. The mutton is very tender and not gamey at all, which a sour-spicy dipping sauce that packs quite a punch.
Address: 166 Jln Berseh, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–7:30 PM Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
With various outlets scattered throughout Singapore, this is a popular spot to go to for your mutton soup fix. Made with a variety of Chinese herbs, the herbal broth is fragrant yet not too overwhelming. For a little bit of everything, go for the Mixed Mutton Soup. It comes chock-full of ingredients including fall-off-the-bone mutton meat, ribs, stomach, and tendon. Add some zing by dipping it in the accompanying chilli sauce!
Address: Multiple outlets
Chin Hock Mutton Soup has been around since the 1970s and they serve a variety of offcuts in a herbal broth. The signature includes tendon, stomach and rib, which are sweetened by the use of traditional Chinese herbs. Rib- or meatball-only options are also available. Similar to most Chinese-style mutton soups, the meat is less gamey and the herbal soup is light.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-156, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM–8 PM Mon to Sat. Closed to Sun
For something a little different, head to Manchurian Lamb HotPot which serves traditional Beijng-style mutton in a dizzying number of ways. Their signature dish is the Lamb Spine Hot Pot, where chunky meat on the spinal bone is tender and the bone marrow in the centre of the cut bones is soft like butter. The hot broth is rich and tasty with a great depth of flavour. While you’re at it, make sure to check out some of their other mutton dishes too!
Address: 18 Smith St, Singapore 058932
Opening Hours: 10:30 AM–10:30 PM daily
Located at Jalan Sultan, MA Deen Biasa serves one of the best tulang and is touted to be the “King of Soup Tulang”. The smallest size comes with five mutton bone marrow, and you can top up to get a basketful of baguette to mop up the soup. There is no gaminess to it and the soup has a light sweetness, along with elaborate notes of spices. The marrow is melt-in-your-mouth and has a texture that is much like foie gras. Other than Soup Tulang, the stall also has other yummy staples such as Chicken Briyani, Murtabak and more.
Address: 95/97 Jln Sultan, Singapore 198998
Opening Hours: 1:30 PM–5:30 AM daily
Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup comes with a Michelin recommendation so it’s no surprise why they have a snaking queue daily. The mutton is marinated with fermented red yeast and seared in oil to remove any gaminess, then stewed for hours with more than 20 kinds of herbs. As a result, the Herbal Mutton Soup is deeply flavourful. You can also add on tendon, tulang, or have it with mee sua.
Address: 121 Pasir Panjang Rd, #01-14, Singapore 118543
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–7:30 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun