Rong Shu Xia Bak Kut Teh – Their XO Prawn Noodle Soup is not bad!
At Tai Thong Crescent, there is a new bak kut teh stall called Rong Shu Xia Rou Gu Cha (榕树下肉骨茶). Yes yes *clears throat* 路边一棵榕树下, 是我怀念的地方 ~~ But this place is not located under the banyan tree. The owners from Perak, Malaysia call it this name because there are always food stalls located under the banyan tree and he would always meet his friends there to makan. Hence, 榕树 resonates with alot of Malaysian.
Started a few months ago, Rong Shu Xia Rou Gu Cha serves cantonese style bak kut teh, which is also known as Malaysian Bak Kut Teh. Unlike our peppery version, spices and herbs are added into their broth. We went for lunch last week and tried a few of their signature items.
First off, the steaming hot Pork Ribs Soup ($5.90). This reminded me of Restoran Shoon Huat BKT in Taman Sentosa. Not as herbal as I expect, the clear and watery broth is vague and a lot less herbal than the Klang style. So if you are looking for a kick in the soup, this is a little mild. Good thing is, the gentle soup does not snatch the limelight from the sweetness of the pork ribs. It’s quite tender and fall-off-the-bone easily. They currently only serve pork ribs now, but I hope they will add more toppings like liver, intestine and pig’s stomach to go with the soup in future.
To pair with bak kut teh, we ordered Preserved Vegetables ($1.90) and Stewed Peanuts ($1.90). The former is not bad, it still retains its crunch and not overly salty. Because of their opening special, they are having 50% promotion on weekdays from now till 1 July 2016 for selected items. On our day of visit, the Special Fried Pork is selling at half price ($3.20), so we ordered as well. Deep fried till golden brown, it is like biting into popcorn – crispy and flavourful with fatty meats in between.
The sizzling pot of Ginger Wine Chicken ($5.90) is tender while the savory sauce goes great on rice. I would prefer the chicken to be braised a little longer so that the sesame oil can be infused further. The Pig Trotter’s ($5.90) decent with a great mixture of fatty skin and lean meat.
Our meal ended with a bang, when the owners serve us a pot of XO Spare Ribs Prawn Noodle Soup ($5.90). This is like the best creation from Rong Shu Xia! The broth is made from shell and heads, added with intense XO sauce to develop a rich and umami laden flavours. Not the big prawns that you find in some other stalls, but the broth won us over.
Don’t expect much service. I called to ask their opening hours and the waitress was talking to someone while answering my phone. Upon reaching there, I had to repeat my orders to the waiter so many times. Well, I guess it is the teething issue that they are still working on. Look forward to better service next time.
Rong Shu Xia Bak Kut Teh
Address: 37 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347862
Phone: 6282 2893
Opening Hours: 11am - 10pm daily
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