A comparison of the Singaporean Teochew and the Malaysian Klang (Hokkien) Bak Kut Teh using the analogy of wine


You all know Simon. Couple of weekends ago, he visited us and commented about how our local Bak Kut Teh (BKT) was not as flavorful as the Klang version.

A defense of our local clear version of Bak Kut Teh is that it gives an “honest” clean taste whereas with the Klang version with its herbs and soy sauce, it is easy to hide inferior quality pork within the heavy liquor. Nevertheless, we had a tasting of Bak Kut Teh (BKT) documented here.

And this is what Simon had to say.

Continue Reading…

Posted on 19th Aug 2010 in Hokkien, Malaysia, Singapore, Teochew  |  2 comments

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh on Havelock Road


It all started when Simon commented that the Bak Kut Teh (BKT) in Singapore is nothing but pepper pepper pepper and a bit of garlic, quite unlike the version you get in Malaysia which is flavorful with a dark liquor.

This sparked an outraged Tony who decided that Simon’s view has to be corrected by experiencing one of the best Bak Kut Teh restaurants in Singapore.

Continue Reading…

Posted on 16th Aug 2010 in Food and Drink, Teochew  |  10 comments

Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee on Havelock Road


The original Liang Kee restaurant opened by the father (Ng Bak Liang) was in Ellenborough Market. After a long story, documented by the local press, there are now 3 restaurants bearing the Liang Kee name. Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee restaurant is opened by Ng Bak Liang’s fifth son, Ng Hong Seng, hence Mu Liang Zai (literally “Son of Bak Liang” in Mandarin).

It was a slow Tuesday night when I text’d Tony about the possibility of dinner on Saturday and he said he was interested in trying out the new Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee on Havelock Road. And before I know it, a group was rounded up and suddenly what was supposed to be a quiet Saturday dinner became a birthday celebration at Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee.

Continue Reading…

Posted on 28th Jun 2010 in Food and Drink, Makankaki, Old School, Teochew, Tze Char  |  10 comments

Makankakis at Orchid Live Seafood


I had dinner with friends at the Orchid Live Seafood off Yio Chu Kang Road. We found the food to be decent and the Chef/Owner, Steven, to be open to negotiations. As such, the monthly makankaki dinner was to be held there.

It turned out to be one of the most unsatisfactory dinners the makankakis ever attended.

Continue Reading…

Posted on 10th Nov 2008 in Food and Drink, Makankaki, Teochew  |  25 comments

Adventures With Island Grrrl! (The Hunt For Tau Kwa Pau)

Tau Kwa Pau

One fine day, the Island Grrrrl had a craving for Teochew Porridge and went to the so-famous-that-everyone-but-this-blog-knows-about Teochew Porridge stall. Unfortunately, they had ran out of their equally-famous-but-this-blog-is-clueless-about Tau Kwa Pau.

The Island Grrrl was, to put it mildly, not a happy Island Grrrl.

Now, there are stories that the Microsoft Messenger is dangerous as it can be used to transmit viruses. This blog can attest that this is true because the Island Grrrl, who was lamenting the missed opportunity of consuming Tau Kwa Pau and, at the same time, extolling the virtues of a healthy and light Teochew Porridge (with a chorus of how she likes Tau Kwa Pau in between), implanted a viral message in this blog’s mind which broke out into an mind-blowing idea: let’s go earlier when the Tau Kwa Pau is available!

The Island Grrrl can be very persuasive and this blog is known, on occasion, to have bright ideas especially when nudged in the right direction using old school signs such as a pillar of cloud by day or a pillar of fire by night.

Continue Reading…

Posted on 29th May 2008 in Makankaki, Old School, Singapore, Teochew  |  15 comments

Next Page »


Recent Comments

cincymetal.com: ?hhis is vital a? you would certainl? nnot want a pet dog entrance do?r to open...

Rexic: Would have agreed with you but then I saw Pontian wanton mee with nacho cheese...

ivan: Thanks! I just think it’s a tired argument that doesn’t make sense.

Bugger: Btw, kacang puul looks amazing!

Bugger: Hear! Hear! So called “authenticity” is a great hurdle to emergence of new...

MervC: I like they way they bring out the massive chunk of tuna, and the great knife skills,...

ivan: Yes you are. 🙂

MervC: Look like Hashida Sushi. Am i right?




Cha Xiu Bao

Chubby Hubby

Makansutra Forum

My Inner Fatty

Nibble & Scribble

NYT Diner’s Journal

Only Slightly Pretentious Food

Serious Eats

Tamarind and Thyme

The Girl Who Ate Everything

The Wong List


View Stats