If you hang around the touristy parts of Arab Street enough, you might already know of No Name Teh Sarabat Stall that’s been there since the 1990s. Not much has changed since then except a newly installed green signboard overhead. They are now officially called Bhai Sarbat Stall and are still known for their addictive teh tarik (pulled tea).
The hole-in-the-wall shop is currently managed by 48-year-old Mr Asgar who took over three years back. The story started from his two uncles who handed him the business because they had considerably aged. As Mr Asgar related to us, it was a struggle to maintain the shop when the stall first began but persistence paid off.
Their first group of returning customers were taxi drivers who would recommend the then nameless teh tarik shop for a thirst quencher or snack. The frothy milky cups of orange-hued tea has been satisfying customers enough to keep drawing them in. Their regular customers now come in small groups from shops around to take a break while the occasional group of tourists will join the queue that hardly ever stops.
21 Bussorah Street
Daily: 6am – 12am
Nearest Station: Bugis