The delectable bak kut teh at Song Fa Bak Kut Teh will leaving you hankering for more.
|CN PHOTO: Michael Chan|
Located along New Bridge Road, Song Fa Bak Kut Teh has two shop fronts side by side, and since we were drinking piping hot soup on a sweltering afternoon, we opted for the newer premises as it was air-conditioned. After all, it is not merely the food that makes the dining experience enjoyable; one has to savor the food in comfort as well!
Spoilt for choice, we did what any other Singaporean would do and ordered quite the feast. We ordered both the regular pork rib soup and the premium loin rib soup. However, we preferred the regular pork ribs as the meat was more tender compared to the slightly chewier meat on the loin rib; but there is nothing better or worse between the two types of meat, it’s just a matter of preference. The regular pork rib soup is, however, easier on the wallet than the premium loin rib soup.
Next up was the premium pork tenderloin soup, which had everyone smacking their lips. The color and texture of the pork loin makes it akin to chicken, and the way it was cooked just made it superbly tender. We also couldn’t miss out on the pork liver with mee sua, a classic comfort food. Liver is always tricky to prepare, but at Song Fa, the silky smooth liver was done just right, and was the perfect match to the mee sua.
At Song Fa, if the bak kut teh were the star, then the side dishes would be the hardworking supporting cast that makes the star shine even more. The salted vegetables and stewed peanuts are simple yet always nice to have to go along with the rice. We also tried the chicken feet with braised beancurd skin and braised pigs’ intestine.
But what stood out in the crowd of side-dishes was the braised pig trotter. While I am not a big fan of the fatty bits, the lean meat was slide-off-the-bone succulent, and had absorbed all the flavors of the mouth-watering sauce. The garlic chilli dip was not overwhelming, and only served to bring out the scrumptiousness of the dish.
Such a hearty feast, while a strain on our beltlines, was surprisingly easy on the wallet when shared among four to five people. Final words: The piquant Teochew-style clear soup packs a peppery punch, and is more our cup of tea than the herbal, darker Hokkien-style soup.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
11 New Bridge Road
(Beside The Riverwalk)