In this video I ate bak kut teh in Singapore at Outram Park Yahua Rou Gu Cha. Get more details here:
Bak kut teh, which literally translates to meat bone tea, is a common dish in Singapore and Malaysia that includes pork bones which are boiled in a herbal medley of spices. Although one may think that tea is somehow used for the cooking of the meat, from what I read, the recipe actually doesn’t include any tea, but it got its name because you’re supposed to drink strong tea along with eating the meat to clean the grease. There are quite a few restaurants to eat bak kut teh in Singapore, but due to my location I decided to go to a place called Outram Park Yahua Rou Gu Cha, located near the harbor, but facing the road. It’s a pretty nice environment, lots of space and easy to get to. The service was friendly, and although some have told me the prices are pretty high even for Singapore, we decided to go for it.
Along with the pork ribs soup, we also got some pickled cured vegetables, some braised tofu, and another bowl of soup that was pork kidney soup. The pork kidney soup was quite good, very smooth and the pieces of kidney were nice and tender, with a bit of chewiness to them, but not overly so. What I really liked was the braised tofu, which was so juicy and filled with the braised Chinese sauce and spices.
Moving onto the actual bak kut teh, the broth was wonderfully flavorful with white pepper. It was a strong pepper flavor, but it was smooth and soothing at the same time. The pork meat was also very nice and tender. I really enjoyed the bak kut teh at Outram Park Yahua Rou Gu Cha in Singapore.
Outram Park Yahua Rou Gu Cha
Address: 7 Keppel Rd, PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex, 089053
Open hours: About 7 am – 4 am from Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday)
Prices: Ribs cost $7 SGD per bowl, out entire meal for 2 cost $36 SGD
How to get there: It’s located along the coast highway, so you can either take a taxi, or take the MRT to Tanjong Pagar and it’s about a 10 minute walk.
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