Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Joo Siah Bak Koot Teh, Jurong East

To get to the point, the bak kut teh here trumps the one at Founder (Blk 347 Jurong East Ave 1, #01-220, Yuehua Market & Hawker Centre). If not for the location, I can envision myself becoming a semi regular patron to Joo Siah.

I couldn't quite articulate what exactly about Joo Siah that made me decide with certainty that I preferred them. Perhaps it was a clearer and sharper broth that had bits of white peppercorn at the base and those morsels of tender rib meat that one could easily suck off the bone.

It was probably a combination of those and the excellent braised pork trotters in dark soy sauce. And I really do mean excellent. The medley of textures from the soft meat, fat and skin were slurp inducing and I certainly found a homely aspect to the taste of their dark soy sauce. Tasted very much like how my grandmother used to make them.

The preserved vegetables were pretty pedestrian. They had unfortunately ran out of tau kee for the day and I hear that the prime ribs are usually sold out by the afternoon. I guess it's good enough reasons for an excuse to revisit.


ice said...

Yeap. Awesome pig trotters.

TheCoolDude said...

The bak kut teh looks really yummy! Makes me want to eat it now...since now I'm feeling famished anyway :)