Tuesday, January 08, 2013

old school's where the good food's at!

Right across from Boon Tong Kee on the same side of the road on Balestier Road,
there's a corner coffeeshop 'Kai Juan' that quietly sits on the corner of the street.
And which,
I have only recently discovered,
is home to Ah Hak Bak Kut Teh.
Simple, old school, white and peppery 

These pickled vegetables are not your usual cai buay type but still, 
stewed in fat, 
they were moist and tender.
Slightly sweet and sour.
Best eaten with rice.

The clear peppery soup.
The pepper is cooked long enough to be cracked open and their spiciness seeps into the soup, 
mingled with the sweetness of the pork ribs.
This was a comfort to the stomach on a cold rainy day out.
And ask for refills anytime.
You definitely would. :)

Now I get why their clientele is varied and many of the well heeled type.
The friend who introduced this place to us?
She's got a former Chief Justice as her dad and she's a scholar for a local governmental organization currently based overseas and yet...
she comes back for this,
on her last day in Singapore.

Says a lot, doesn't it? 

They open from 5am to 2pm and from 5pm to 2am.
Anytime you need an early morning fix.
Early breakfast morning or early supper morning, 
these guys are open.
And Bak Kut Teh done like this,
is a hangover miracle pill. :)


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