Friday, May 1, 2009

Porky Feast

Now, a swine flu pandemic is of course no matter to joke about. But we still have to live as normally as possible. What then best than to thumb one's nose at the growing atmosphere of fear and uncertainty and have a porky meal at two of the best places in town: Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (Old Havelock Road) and Koh Brothers' Pig Innard Soup (Tiong Bahru Market).
Bak Kut Teh literally means "pork bone tea", although the pork bones come in savoury soup and you have tea on the side. I like Ya Hua's Bak Kut Teh which is of the peppery, garlicky and salty Teochew pedigree, and much prefer it to the herbal sort of bak kut teh. While Founders' is better-tasting, Ya Hua is pretty good and more convenient for us when having a late dinner after work. I always have multiple bowls of soup refill, yums.
Koh Brothers' Pig Innard Soup, meanwhile, is my all time favourite for innard soup. Clean and fresh tasting, with super addictive chilli. Tis a pity that their business appears to have been hard hit, first by the economic crisis, and now by the swine flu outbreak.

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