Bugis has always been a popular place for both the old (famous temple at waterloo street) and the young (shopping centres and street). This has inevitably resulted in long queues formed outside popular restaurant during dining hours especially during weekends.
The weekend was initially planned to have my dinner with Mrs SOL at the Korean restaurant, Yoogane, located in Bugis Junction. However, the massive crowd was so intimidating and our tummy cannot afford to wait any longer. Therefore, both of us decided to walk around and eventually out of Bugis Junction that we chanced upon Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh, located on the other side of the road.
Bak Kut Teh, translates to “meat bone tea”, is a must try Singaporean dish. It was first prepared by early Chinese migrants as they could not afford to have proper meat, thus they boiled soup with pork bones together with herbs. Nowadays, as life gets better, they replaced the pork bones with pork ribs to give it even a sweeter taste.
In this case, what Ah Seng has for us in their signature Bak Kut Teh?
As illustrated, they use premium pork ribs, boiled in fine ingredients based on a traditional recipe that was passed down since 1969.
With their long hours of brewing, the soup tastes delicious which complements with the aroma of white pepper. There is another version, which uses normal ribs instead of premium ones, but I would definitely recommend their signature premium Bak Ku Teh.
You can also other some side dish to make your meal complete with more varieties.
Braised pig trotter is also another must order dish from Ah Seng. The sweet tasting sauce when doused onto your rice, makes them a perfect match. The meat in my opinion, is just about the right proportion of fats and lean meat. The skin is smooth to swallow too if you are ok with eating it. Mrs SOL don’t quite like the skin though. haha
The salted veggies are appetising. With this dish it just make your meal a more complete one. It is having the bak kut teh provides the spiciness, the pig trotter gives sweetness and this veggie inject saltish taste, all in all to excite your taste buds.
Ah Seng Bak Ku Teh is worth your visit, especially when you are craving for some local delights. The price is affordable, at around $6- $7 per dish.
Ah Seng address is as follows:
Ah Seng Bak Kut Teh
492/494 North Bridge Road
It is just a 3 Mins walk from Bugis MRT station, opposite Bugis Junction
You will be able to spot it from the traffic junction of Liang Seah Street and North Bridge Road