Friday, 30 December 2011

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Eating House

I've been feeling cold recently...
Immediately I remembered this particular conversation I've saw on Youtube a few months ago...

E: Does cold exist, Professor?
P: What kind of question is this? Of course it exist. Have you never been cold?
E: In fact, cold does not exist. 
E: According to the law of physics, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat.

The E refers to Einsein not Edward. You can watch this video clip here.

Indeed, what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. So how do we introduce heat?

By eating of course but then again, eat what? The first thing that came to my mind was a bowl of piping hot and pepperish spicy Bak Kut Teh! So, with my beloved aunt's recommendation, she brought us to Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Eating House.
It's all about having fleshy pork ribs soaking all the essence of the spicy soup. A happy boy I was, happily stripping off every bit of meat off the bone! Apparently, there's a way to make your soup more spicy or less spicy. If you want it more spicy, simply stir the soup before you drink. 

If not, just wait for the sediments to sink all the way to the bottom before dunking your spoon into it.

Duh! Common sense right?
Pig's kidney. It's soft and chewy but there's nothing really special about it if you want to know. The kidneys didn't really soak up the essence of the soup that well compared to pork ribs. Nevertheless, it was fresh.
My family has very high expectations when it comes to eating pork trotters. The fatty meat to lean meat ratio has to be perfect! We like our trotters to have slightly more lean meat to chew on while a reasonable amount of fatty meat to intensify the taste.

For those who are health conscious, well, this bowl of trotters might suit you. There's more lean meat compare to fatty meat. Just like the ribs, the meat have already soaked up all the essence of the soy broth.
In my opinion, a must have when you are having Bak Kut Teh. Fresh fried and not stale You Tiao (Deep fried dough fritter). It would seem very weird not to have them.

It's amazes how I would watch my fitter whenever intensely as I dip it into the soup. You gotta ensure that your you tiao doesn't get over soak and disintegrate. Not to mention guarding it from potential lazy bums who just wants to grab yours instead!

All in all, the dishes were rather satisfying. Apart from the dark soy sauce. I was baffled why their dark soy sauce looks like light soy sauce? My definition of a premium dark soy sauce has a dark reflective tone and it must be thick one...
They got the darkish reflection right but the thickness...
This photo clearly shows what I am telling. A premium dark soy sauce in my opinion, will coat the meat with thick sauce and not merely stains it. So when you wanna have a bowl of bak kut teh, simply drop by Isetan Office Building...
Isetan Office Building #01-01/02
593 Havelock Road, Singapore 169641
Tel: +65 6235 7716
Opening Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 11am to 2am
                         Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays: 11am to 3am
                         Sundays: 11am to 10pm
                         Closed on Mondays

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