This bak kut teh stall (in a coffeeshop opposite Tiong Bahru Food Centre taxi stand) is actually pretty good. In fact I think they are just as good (if not better) than some highly raved bak kut teh brands.
Whenever I have a bak kut teh meal out, the above are my default dishes, and also my benchmark for judging a bak kut teh place.
- The soup — Love the clean-tasting soup base. It has a distinct peppery presence without being overly peppery, with well balanced flavors.
- The ribs — I went straight for the premium loin ribs 龙骨 at S$8.50 per bowl. Pricey but worth it. The meat gives way to the bite, but has a satisfyingly bouncy texture. Also there’s no offensive porky smell.
- Stewed salted vegetables (S$1.50) — Soft and juicy, this was very appetizing and is my must-have dish with bak kut teh.
- Braised peanuts (S$1.50) — My favorite dish! Super flavorful and super melt-in-the-mouth, the peanuts were braised with PIG SKIN to give the dish a silky smooth feel. Mmmmh!
- Yu char kway [fried dough stick] (S$1.20) — Many bak kut teh places serve yu char kway that’s been kept too long, which tastes dry and stale. Here, the doughsticks tasted fresh with no stale oil taste.
They also serve other dishes like braised pig trotter and sliced fish soup. Not sure if they are any good, and not intending to find out. For now, I’m happy to have found a bak kut teh place that gets its basics right — balanced flavors, attention to details, quality and fresh ingredients.
Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh 老字号中峇鲁肉骨茶
Blk 58 Seng Poh Road #01-31
Tel: +65 6224 4990
Open: 6.30am to 9pm, closed on Mondays.
Images taken with iPhone 4s.