Thursday, 2 March 2017

Teochew Style Bak Kut Teh

When any of my friends come over to Singapore, I will always recommend them ‘Bak Kut Teh', one of the mandatory local delights they have to try. Passed down from many generations, ‘Bak Kut Teh’ is the love of many Singaporeans, having it once a week is a common sight.


Located in a bustling coffeeshop,  ‘皇家山脚肉骨茶’ is one of the older brands in Singapore that oozes a traditional vibe. I ordered the standard must-try herbal peppery soup, braised pork trotter, salted vegetable, tau pok and white rice. What I like about this place is the unlimited refillable soup service and how every refill taste consistently the same, this is their speciality. Most of the restaurant doesn't keep their first bowl of quality as good as the second or third bowl, but I am glad 皇家山脚肉骨茶 did it the right way.

Pork Loin and Pork Rib
The soup base is boiled from abundance of pork bones and cooked for long hours. Besides an intense peppery aroma, the soup is added with Chinese herbs to relieve rheumatic pain. Both pork loin and pork rib meat is tender and has a good proportion of lean and fat meat.

Claypot Pig’s Liver
Apart from that claypot pig’s liver is also another signature item. Bursting with ginger and onions aroma, the liver is not overly cooked containing an intense flavor. It is also claimed as a nutritious dish which helps to produce red blood cells.

Pork’s Trotter
With much anticipation, I tried the Pork’s Trotter with high hopes as it is one of the best sellers. To my expectation the meat is not too salty and has a right balance of lean and fat meat. That comes with an accompaniment of robust gravy, the combination tasted delightfully delicious and not at all oily.

Spare Ribs
Tau pok
Salted Vegetable

皇家山脚肉骨茶
Address: 261 Serangoon Central Drive (S)550261.
Address: 107 Tampines St 11, (S)521107.
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, (S)390051.
Address: Clementi 328.

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