The Bak Kut Teh at Ng Ah Sio is supposedly famous and so well patronized that the stall refused to extend their opening hours for Donald Tsang when he was in Singapore.
Trivia aside, the settings is an old school coffeeshop interior with waitstaff bustling around balancing huge metal trays holding a number of little plates and bowls. To get a table, you simply write your name on a piece of paper attached to a clipboard at the front of the coffeeshop and wait for your name to be called.
Signature Spare Ribs
At first taste, I didn’t really understand the craze about their version of BKT. The soup broth was a peppery blast and tasty but I’m sure I can find tastier versions of BKT. It was only after the refill (don’t try to be polite. Shout if you have to to get the attention of the waitstaff carrying metal tin cups) where the soup was piping hot did I appreciate it more.
The pork spare ribs were tender but it lost most of its taste to the soup in my opinion.
Just while I was appreciating the soup, dad dunked a whole bowl of deep-fried dough fritters into the soup. Oh this was DELISH. Soft, chewy and soaked with all the soup, the dough fritters really made the soup taste even better.
These braised peanuts differ from the mushy canned variety. They were braised in the light soy sauce base till they became al dente- soft but still a little crunchy
Braised Pig Trotters. Full of gelatinous goodness
Preserved Vegetables. A right balance of salty, sweet and sour. A must-try!
Blanched Pig Kidney, never a fan of pig organs so I didn’t try this
Braised Winter mushrooms. These are tinier than the norm and they are fresh not the dried version! Needless to say, I was the one who finished up most of this 😀
Blanched Cai Xin with lots of crunchy garlic liberally sprinkled on top
You can’t have Bak Kut Teh and not drink any tea. It’s pretty much self service here- get your own hot water from one the the many kettles in the coffeeshop and make your own tea with the tea sachet given. Wash the tea a few times to get the full-bodied bitter flavour.
The spare ribs were a little underwhelming but sides were really good esp with rice. Overall, a must visit for the traditional, old school coffeeshop experience.