I’m not a big fan of bak kut teh but it seems that the humble pork ribs soup is enjoying a revival and becoming… dare I say it… “hip”! In fact, my blogger pal from Penang came over recently and wanted to have bak kut teh instead of the usual chili crab or char kway teow or hainanese chicken rice!
What’s going on?
I visited Seletar Mall when it first opened and there was a long queue outside Song Fa. I was rather impressed that the humble bak kut teh could find its way into a brand-new shopping mall.
And upon the bf’s invite, I am now at Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh at Chui Huay Lim Club (near Newton MRT station and Newton Circus).
The walls are filled with framed photographs of the staff and owner(?) with celebrities – both local and from overseas. A sure sign that the food is delicious? *wink*
The signature spare ribs set ($11.80) seems to be good value for money.
The soup is served almost blisteringly hot, and full of peppery hot spice. The you tiao is cut up into small bite-size pieces for one’s convenience and the preserved vegetables are surprisingly sweet.
The spare ribs are the highlight – a good balance between chewy and tender, with a good amount of fat. Oops.
The homemade barley drink’s rather diluted… though he liked his homemade luo han herbal tea.
Here’s the menu for your reference:
Opening hours: 9.30am to 9.30pm daily
TEL: 6250 4537
Ng Ah Sio has other outlets at Rangoon Rd, MBS and Tanjong Katong Rd.