This recent re-visit of Outram Ya Hua, a renowned Teochew-style bak kut teh specialist in Singapore, was somewhat of a letdown. This blog usually refrains from negative posts. But for such a famous place, I feel that they should maintain their standards instead of just riding on the coattails of their fame.
The good: Peppery and garlicky without being overwhelmingly so, the soup base was still as solid. The pork ribs (you can choose between fat and lean cuts) were also tender. Loved the soft and flavorful braised peanuts too.
The bad: The you tiao (fried doughsticks) were dry and stale. The braised kiam chye lacked fragrance. The braised pork trotter was mediocre. The rice was cold and hard.
To be fair, they are still better than the average, just that they aren’t as outstanding as before.
This meal for two cost about S$30.00. We ordered:
- Pork ribs (fat)
- Spare ribs (fat)
- Braised pork trotter (lean)
- Braised peanut
- Stewed kiamchye
- You tiao
- Chinese tea
- Lime juice
- 2 bowls plain rice
Outram Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
#01-05 Tanjong Pagar Complex
7 Keppel Road
Tel: +65 6222 9610
Open: 7am to 3pm, 6pm to 4am. Closed on Mondays.
Photo(s) in this post taken with Sony NEX-3N (review unit from Sony Singapore).