There were moments of tension - the car was rolling along CTE (Central Expressway) and we haven't made up our minds on where to eat 😱 There were simply far too many options in Singapore foodie paradise - some suggestions were passed over because we have eaten there recently, other proposals got cool responses because we weren't thinking of ever going back there again. Then, we struck upon the idea of Ng Ah Sio bak kut teh.
We all know the Ng Ah Sio bak kut teh legend - one of Singapore's top brands that count foreign Prime Ministers, Presidents, Generals, and pop stars as regulars. But, none of the four of us Singaporeans have ever eaten there before 😅
Maybe as locals, we take Ng Ah Sio bak kut teh for granted because we felt that it is always there and will always be around. We will eat there one day, just don't know which day. So, today will be the day. (One of Singapore's bak kut teh pioneers, Ng Ah Sio Pork Rib Soup was founded in the 1950s.)
Or, perhaps Ng Ah Sio has the reputation of being a tourist trap - I have no idea. Anyway, when we arrived, a tourist bus pulled up. As good Singaporeans, we quickly secured a table and put in our orders, just moments ahead of the tourists 😃
The decor, furnishings and atmosphere inside Ng Ah Sio were quite pleasant - we were comfortable and happy.
Despite the full house, our food came rather quickly - everything on the table well within 15 minutes of ordering. Everything here for S$82.
First things first, the Singapore style pork rib soup.
The soup has a tea colour and medium body. It tasted savoury peppery with underlying garlic taste and subtle sweetness from the pork. (It reminded me of the soup from Song Fa, another famous Singapore bak kut teh though Ng Ah Sio's soup leaned more on the savoury than peppery.) The flavours though quite robust, were not overpowering. We were able to taste the natural sweetness of the pork.
We had both the Premium Loin Rib and Superior Short Rib. The meaty pork ribs were slightly firm with a bit of chew to the bite (though not hard). There were slight natural porky sweetness, especially in the visceral fat.
Among the sides, we like the savoury braised pork skin as it was tenderly crunchy (not soft).
We like the stewed pork trotter because the skin, fat and meat were tender and juicy with mild savoury sweet flavours.
We like it that they were very generous with soup top ups. The staff were also friendly and helpful. We did feel quite thirsty for a while after the meal, but today's extra hot and humid weather may have something to do with it too.
We walloped everything 😄 and hung around a while to sip Chinese tea as per bak kut teh tradition.
Restaurant name: Ng Ah Sio Pork Rib Soup Eating House
Address: 208 Rangoon Rd, Hong Building, Singapore 218453
GPS: 1°19'03.4"N 103°51'09.9"E 🌐 1.317606, 103.852748
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park
Tel: 6291 4537
Hours: 7:00am - 10:00pm
Date visited: 24 Aug 2019