Old Street Bak Kut Teh 老街肉骨茶

Live today for today only as you cannot change yesterday or begin to understand tomorrow.

I could never understand life or what it throws at me. I only know that Someone up there likes me a lot; bails me out each time I’m in hot soup and picks me up whenever I fall. Once in a supermoon, He also gives me pleasant surprises!

6th August 2014. I was asked to take on a photography assignment in a genre totally out of my scope. This is the part where could not “begin to understand tomorrow” enters.

The client was insistent! He was more stubborn than me. Either that or he trusted his judgement more than I had believed in myself. The clincher was the detailed macro photographs I put up on certain sites. He wasn’t going to take no for an answer and his persistency and patience with me (while I was still considering his proposal) had me recall a quote from Richard Branson.

Photo credit: Found on FB.

Photo credit: Found on FB.

To cut the long story short, I took up the challenge. “Don’t let it pass”, I counselled in my head. There were new equipments which I will need and luckily, I had 2 friends who went shopping with me. They know what would be the really right stuff for my photo shoot. They went with me not once, but several times and even shared some related editing skills. I got awarded with a bigger project after the auditioned work. Thank God for friends like Y & Z who gives without asking! I am blessed indeed 😀

The other day, we went to Funan Digitalife Mall to shop and afterwards as lunch time drew nearer, we questioned where to eat. I remembered there’s a Bak Kut Teh (BKT) shop at level one. Benny and I had soya beancurd there before and I suggested trying the BKT for lunch. The boys agreed.

This was my first encounter at the Funan shop and I had received reasonably good service so I want to go back and try their BKT to see if their dishes hold up. – Semi Han

I was pleasantly surprised by the crowd when we went to the shop. It was full house unlike the other time I visited in the late afternoon. An uncle waiter saw us and quickly ushered us to a table with uncleared dishes. The previous diners had just left. The uncle clear the used utensils and apologised for the mess. He was nice and I couldn’t help being cheeky with him.

“Uncle, is the food nice? Why so much leftovers from the customers?” but he was quick to answer me that they were small eaters 😉

The boys and I chatted away while waiting for service. We had forgotten that this place is electronically equipped and that we should place our orders via the iPad eMenu and have them sent directly to the kitchen’s printer wirelessly, which is supposed to make ordering process faster. Geez, and we wasted 10 minutes’ time, instead, lol…

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Youtiao – S$2

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Pork Rib Soup – S$7.80 (3-4 pcs)

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Premium Loin Ribs S$11.70 (2 pcs)

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Braised Pig’s Intestines – S$8.50

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Pig’s Liver Soup – S$7.20

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Preserved Vegetables – S$3.90

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Tau Kee (Soyabean skin) – S$5.20

Old Street Bak Kut Teh

Yup, I think we’ve ordered too much for 3 persons.

We had 3 rice and 2 drinks and the bill totalled S$89 inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% GST.

We had 3 rice and 2 drinks and the bill totalled S$89 inclusive of 10% service charge and 7% GST.

Old Street BKT

It’s always full house during lunch hours but service is quick.

Well, the dishes did “hold up” because no socks came off. Food here was generally palatable; nothing was “umami” outstanding but nothing to fault either. The meat and offals were tender and flavoursome, but somehow lack punch. Maybe because I am ill (my tongue is wearing a coat), I preferred stronger tasting dishes these past few weeks and items here seemed light on seasoning. I should try eating here again when I’m feeling better. Service, however, on both occasions were friendly and efficient! They came around every now and then to refill our soup bowls with steaming pork broth. This is not a place where I will make purposeful trip for a BKT but I would be glad to eat here whenever I am in the neighbourhood.

I forgot if Y or Z said that the BKT here was better than Song Fa Bak Kut Teh which is nearby. I haven’t tried that place so I couldn’t agree or disagree. Oh oh, and I have read raving reviews and saw crowds outside that Song Fa shop but I have learnt that not all reviewers share my tastes in food and not all snaking queues spell good food either.

Old Street Bak Kut Teh 老街肉骨茶
Address: #01-15, Funan Digitalife Mall.
109 North Bridge Road.
Singapore 179097.

Click here to see my previous visit to Old Street Bak Kut Teh.

Happy bonding 🙂

4 Responses to “Old Street Bak Kut Teh 老街肉骨茶”
  1. Peter Archbold says:

    If you wanted bkt with more seasoning you should have gone to Founder! My fave bkt apart from my mother in laws is Ya Hua on Havelock Road. It’s not just the food it’s the old school atmosphere I love. It feels so hardcore! This old street place has great looking food i like the look of the pigs liver and you char kway but the surroundings just looks too ‘nice’ for me. It needs to have more garish colours and cheaper looking furniture.

    • Sam Han says:

      Hey Peter 😀 I think I have blogged on both but definitely Founder’s which is one of my fav BKT. Ya Hua has gone down the chutes for me, unfortunately.

      It’s so nice to hear from you again 😀

  2. Lignum Draco says:

    It sounds like you’re a professional photographer now. Can you show the photos here?

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