After a light brunch at Yong He Eating House, my friend and i went in search for one more place to eat along the streets of Geylang. We walked past rows and rows of old chinese shop houses and amidst all them stood out one beautifully painted block; a pastel pink with green floral patterns intricately carved into its pillars and arches. It stood out like a rose among dead leaves. To our luck, that was also where we found a good place to eat!
It didn’t take long for me to place my order, after a quick assessment of what everyone was eating. Bak Kut Teh in a claypot? Now that’s a first for me! I got a small claypot of pork ribs and tau kee to share with my eating buddy for the day. I ordered a bowl of rice and you tiao to accompany the meal too.
I was excited when i first got a taste of the claypot of bubbling Bak Kut Teh. The soup was so much thicker than the typical Singapore style BKT, and less peppery in nature too, but more pungent in terms of herbal flavours. I can’t say which style is better. Both are unique in their own ways, and as a Singaporean, i must admit i’m starting to love the Malaysian style as much too!
I believe that the purpose of you tiao being served with BKT is to act lik a sponge to soak up the soup, very much like how we use you tiao to soak up our Kopi-C. Without hesitation i dunked my plate of snipped you tiao into the soup to help absorb all the flavours and cool down the soup.
The pork ribs were very tender and its flesh slipped off the ribs like a loose sock.
Overall, i was very satisfied with the quality and amount of meat in the BKT for $5.50. Definitely value for money and a great meal to be eaten especially on a cold rainy day!
Address: 251 Geylang Road
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, closed on Tue
- Bak Kut Teh – $5.50
- Rice – $0.50
- You Tiao – $0.50
Rating: 4.75 /5