Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bak Kut Teh - Pork Rib soup Singapore style

Next on the menu was Bak Kut Teh or Pork Rib Tea Soup at the Ng Ah Sio Pork Rib Soup restaurant located in a nondescript shophouse on Rangoon Road. Bak Kut Teh is a classic Singaporean dish that is immensely popular with the local population. Bak Kut Teh takes its name from the tradition of the dish being served with hot Chinese tea (Bak Kut means pork ribs and Teh means tea in Hokkien) The dish comprising pork ribs slow cooked with aromatic herbs and pepper, eaten with rice and soya sauce spiked with chilli. Hot an peppery, it was so addictive that I had a hard time not asking for a second helping! The idea is to allow the broth to work its way down your throat and feel the oomph! Then bite into the succulent ribs. Sip on some of the citrusy Xiao Yue Gang Chinese tea you can brew yourself, using hot water from a charcoal-heated kettle conveniently available at your table to wash everything down.

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