As you walk into the shop, one could not help but stop and gape at the wall at Ng Ah Sio’s ( NAS) , and you would probably end up trying to beat whoever you are with, to name the celebrities in the blown up photos that lined the walls. Alan Tam, Ritchie Ren, Penny Tsai, Premier of Taiwan – to name a few. One famous incident – the then Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s request to dine at NAS was rejected by the shop because it was not during their regular operating hours. Got principle man ! So- please take note, NAS closes on Monday !
The official website : http://www.ngahsiobkt.com/ , you can view the menu online @ http://www.ngahsiobkt.com/#Menu There are three version of the Bak Kut Teh ( BKT) : signature spare rib soup, signature pork rib soup ( $5.50) , signature spare and pork rib combo soup ( $7) . there is also Fish Fillet soup ( $ 5.50). The side dishes of porky parts include: kidney, liver, tail , intestine, skin and trotters. And non porky side dishes include : winter mushroom, tau kua pok, braised peanuts, blanched lettuce, tang-o, preserved vegetables xiao bai chai and fried you tiao ( yau char kwai/ crullers)
My bowl of BKT as seen below. the Klang BKT loyalist would probably launch a protest, the taste of NAS’s version of the BKT is so different from the ‘regular’ Malaysian version where the soup is more or less herbal in nature, with variation in the thickness/ heaviness of the ‘herbally’ flavour of the soup, the NAS’s version is more like a black pepper soup . The meat was tender and both the meat and the soup were tasty and enjoyable ( – but to me , not BKT lah, this is pepper soup !). You could see a thick layer of peppercorns at the bottom of the bowl,no wonder the soup is so peppery hot lah
We ordered rice to go with the BKT and the also some side dishes . In pix below ( starting from top right , clockwise) : crullers ($2) – goes so well after a soak in the peppery soup. Intestine ( $5.50) – floury and soft..yummy but slightly salty. Pig skin ($2) –not too chewy , good. Braised peanuts ($2) – soft and the flavour of the sauce had penetrated into the peanuts- yumm. Preserved vegetables ( $2) –chunky salty preserved mustard. This would go well with porridge. Tang-O ( $3) – one of my favourite greens although not everyone would like the strong taste of this vegetable. Missing in the picture is the tail of the oink-oink ( $5.50)- this was interesting as it was the first time I tried pig tail. It has an interesting texture, the skin/fat that surround the bony part of the tail was thick and firm. For one, the tail wasn’t curly like what I see in the cartoons :-)
Overall, an ok meal . The total bill ( for 6 pax) plus chinese tea came close to $70
Address : No.208 Rangoon Road, Singapore218453
Tel : +65 6294 7545 or +65 6291 4537
Business hours : 7.00am ~ 10.00pm (Closed on Mondays