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Thursday, 23 July 2015

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Date of visits: 26/4 and 13/6

We drove by this place at Upper Paya Lebar many times. The chocolate color of the shop house was particularly attractive, sign boards are large and clear enough to be noticed from the main road, .  We finally gave it a try on a crazy warm afternoon.

Old Street Bak Ku Teh is a size of a coffee shop.  Though non-aircon, the furnish is elegant with white marble table tops and stools.  I have to say, they had gotten themselves a right interior designer.

It was very crowded and we were very lucky to get a table.

The little drawer below the table opened up with their menu on Ipad where we placed our orders.

Quite idiot proof, easy for us to use, but maybe a bit challenging for our pioneer citizens who may not be so tech savvy.

Open concept kitchen.

Condiments bar where we helped ourselves with.

Our order came.  Me and hub starred at the table and laughed - we over order >.<
 We didn't expect our order turned out to be this much lolxx....
Preserved Veg S$3.00
Braised Peanuts S$2.50
Barley Drink S$1.50
Set A (Pork Ribs Soup + Rice + Beancurd + You Tiao) S$8.50
This set menu is damn worth it, needs a big appetite to finish though.
Pork Ribs in pepper soup was nice but didn't leave an impression, the tau huay and you tiao did!!

It's difficult to find traditional tua huay now.  All the other tau huay stalls and franchise chains sells ang mo style bean pudding but calls them tau huay *roll eyes*.
So I really really appreciate Old Street's REAL tau huay like gold.

It has been a long long time since I last had you tiao.  But the taste and texture is different from what I had during my childhood.

Old Street's tasted like donuts lolxx...  But it's rather yummy and addictive in it's own way.
Sesame dipping on the left and peanut sauce on the right, so enjoyable ^.^

Mee Sua S$1.50
Mee sua in pepper soup, good enough to slurp on it's own.

Dry Bak Kut Teh (small) S$7.00
It was just dark sauce over ribs, taste wasn't bland, but there's nothing much besides dark soya sauce and sugar.  Meat wasn't as tender as I wished it to be.

 These little red rooster sauce dishes are too cute....

Second visit, at their NEX outlet.
Same Ipad menu at each table and a help yourself condiment bar, pretty much the same as Upper Paya Lebar's outlet.

Space was limited, tables were few, but luck is always with us, we got a table, heeheehee....

 Set B (Loin Ribs Soup + Rice + Beancurd + You Tiao) S$15.00

Quite a big piece.

 Braised Pig Trotter S$10.00
Gravy was thick and flavorful, will be perfect if it's more tender.  I love the skin, full of fats collagen, while my hub and kid kope all the lean meat.

Food quality for both outlets are the same, but I noticed the price difference for some items:

Mee Sua - NEX: S$2.00, Upper Paya Lebar S$1.50
Set B - NEX: S$15.00, Upper Paya Lebar S$11.50
Only realized when I reached home comparing both receipts.

Service charge - NEX: 10%, Upper Paya Lebar: 1%
I suppose it's a small price to pay for the comfort of aircon environment at NEX.  Personally prefers Upper Paya Lebar, it's more spacious and I am fine with ceiling fans.

Overall, both outlets is not a bad choice for a decent and affordable meal.

Old Street Bak Ku Teh
129 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Singapore 534840

23 Serangoon Central
NEX #B2-50/51
Singapore 556083

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