Tanjong Katong Road seems to be the latest hide-out for bigwig names like Ng Ah Sio, Bar Bar Black Sheep and Ah Eng’s Wanton Mee that recently found home there.
Founder’s and Ng Ah Sio are top of the game – according to the companion who happened to be a BKT fan. Even the parents remember it being the best around. Word has it that Thaksin himself has been spotted tucking into our famous delicacy too!
Tick away at their larger than normal menu.
Pork and Spare Ribs Combo Soup ($7.50)
Firm meaty parts to go with refillable black pepper soup. Both parts were tough fight for preferred choice of cut.
Braised Pig Intestines ($5.50)
Easy to like but hard to include into future BKT meals. I am through and through not an innard person and I cannot even explain why. Not growing up with it unfortunately plays a part in this aversion.
Preserved Vegetables ($2.50)
Not just blanched, this came with a herbal broth, delish!
Blanched Xiao Bai Cai ($5)
1/4 Braised Duck ($9.80)
On the sweet side though it is a reasonably good braised duck. Comes with a side of sweet and sour sauce.
Kungfu Tea – Tie Guan Yin ($2)
Only for those who know tea art – the full works of washing, pouring and simmering those leaves. Methinks it’s really just part of the BKT experience.
Homemade Luo Han Herbal Tea ($2)
Way too sweet for comfort.
I forgot my preference for herbal based soup when I headed to AHS and I suppose this visit reaffirmed it. While I think black pepper soup is tasty, herbal ones still appeal more. I pointed out to the companion that having such cushy surroundings for a nostalgic meal like this has some dissonance, no doubt comfort is key but sweat and heat does play a part in this BKT experience. Ng Ah Sio, the best? Personally it was good just not wow enough, a brand of the past that has been overhyped? Somewhat, like that.
248-250 Tanjong Katong Road