I have to be honest here. When I first heard about Old World BaKuteh (Bak kut teh), it wasn't the Pork Rib Soup that caught my attention. It's their Fried Porridge that intrigued me that I just had to try it.
Fried porridge is basically a dish that requires giving the porridge a quick stir fly over high heat to get the char and smokiness into it. At Old World Bakuteh, they have 7 types of fried porridge.
Mixed Pig's Organ (Innards)
Sliced Fish with cuttlefish
Cuttlefish with mixed meat
Seafood with sliced pork
Century egg with sliced pork
Of course, you should not stop at the porridge when there are so many sides to choose from. Highly recommended are
Dry Fried Mee Sua
Braised Pork Knuckle
Fried Large Intestine
Braised Sweet Intestine
Bak kut teh is a pork rib dish cooked in broth infused with herbs. It is made with pork ribs, dried Shitake mushrooms, tofu puffs and garlic. It is popularly served in Malaysia and Singapore where there is a predominant Hokkien and Teochew community.
There are three main types of bak kut teh.
Teochew style uses mainly pepper and garlic for the soup.
Hokkien style uses a variety of herbs and soy sauce creating a more fragrant and darker soup.
Cantonese style has medicinal herbs to create a stronger flavoured soup.
On my 4th visit, I have finally ordered their Bak Kut Teh. In Singapore, the Teochew style is the most commonly found. This is a good bowl of porky goodness, not peppery like other better know Bak Kut Teh. Therefore, it is suitable for those who don't like the heat. Complete the dinner with a plate of fried cabbage. It is a great way to end the day.
With giant fans like these at the Tampines Branch, you can enjoy the bowl of hot soup and porridge in the breeze.
Address 1: Happy Hawker, Blk 747 Yishun St 72, #01-108, Singapore 760747
Address 2: Happy Hawker, 1 T-Space, 1 Tampines North Drive 1, #01-34, Singapore 528559
Address 3: Happy Hawker, Blk 204, Bedok North St 1, #01-393, Singapore 460204
Address 4: S11, Blk 727, Clementi West Street 2, #01-294, Singapore 120272