Old Street Bak Kut Teh – Special Dry Bak Kut Teh
I chanced upon Old Street Bak Kut Teh as it’s just a stone’s throw away from where I stay. Founded in 2010, Old Street created the dry bak kut teh which is a marriage of east and west approaches. It started off as an eatery located along Upper Paya Lebar Road, and has expanded into shopping malls. It has also introduced a unique pairing of soy milk with bak kut teh.
It was pouring heavily last Saturday, causing us to crave for something warm and comforting. Hence, we decided to visit the original Upper Paya Lebar eatery. The Pork Ribs Soup($6.80 for a small bowl) contains huge amounts of garlic, contributing to its aroma. It isn’t as peppery as the likes of Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh or Founder Bak Kut Teh, but the subtle herbal flavour is pleasant. However, the pork ribs were not as tender as we expected. The you tiao ($1.70) remains slightly crispy, even after being dunked into the broth.
We had vermicelli ($1.70) to go with our pork ribs. The vermicelli served in Old Street bak kut teh’s broth is good enough to be eaten alone. However, eat it as soon as possible or the vermicelli would become too soft and mushy.
The Dry Bak Kut Teh ($8 small) could use a more generous serving of gravy as it dries up very quickly. The gravy is spiced with chilli padi, and is very savoury. It goes very well with a bowl of rice. Unfortunately, the meat was too tough. This dish is also served with lady’s fingers. Overall, the seasoning is good, but it would have been better if the meat was more tender.
As it was raining very heavily when we were there, we requested for a few rounds of refill of the piping hot broth. So shiok! Next time you’re here, order a cup of soy milk to go with your meal too – it’s really good!
Old Street Bak Kut Teh
Address: 129 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534840
Phone: 6438 8866
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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