Yesterday, my colleague suggested lunch at this famous Bak Ku Teh stall near Little India and without much hesitation, most of us in her team nodded our heads and set off in a hungry look manner !! We managed to reach just before the norm lunch hour and could get a table without much waiting.
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House 黄亚细肉骨茶餐室 is located in an ordinary, awkward little corner, almost obscure shophouse at No. 208 Rangoon Road, just beside the slip road to CTE along Race Course Road. You'll miss it if you don't look carefully when you pass by this street.
This famous pork rib soup restaurant made headlines after it turned down Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s request to dine after its opening hours. Thaksin Shinawatra, the ex-Prime Minister of Thailand, also made his way here for lunch in 2007.
Their service is prompt, with the uncles & aunties wiping out their wireless PDA device for order. That really impressed me.
Ng Ah Sio serves traditional Teochew bak kut teh. Literally translated, this means pork rib tea. This Teochew-style pork rib soup here is made with garlic, soy sauce, cinnamon and peppercorns from Sarawak, and is full of peppery goodness. Using pork from Indonesia, the meat is also flavourful and a joy to eat. The reality is a bowl of pork ribs simmered for hours to make a complex and delicious soup full of flavour and spices and herbs, predominantly garlic and pepper, served with hot tea.
We all managed to finish up the food within minutes as it was just simply yummy !! It was a worth while visit all the way to Rangoon Road from our office (CBD area) just to try out at this little restaurant that's able to draw such a big cowd.
The other type of bak kut teh that is popular among food lovers is the Hokkien variety which uses dark soya sauce as well as the addition of other spices like star anise and cloves to the stock to produce a sweeter, almost medicinal herbal stock. I enjoyed my meal a great deal here due to the great spices used in this Bak Ku Teh. I will definitely be back again !! :-)
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