Bak Kut Teh
One of the many tales of Bak Kut Teh’s invention was that throughout the olden days of Singapore, an inadequate, starving beggar visited a roadway side pork noodle shop to ask for food. The stall owner remained in destitution, yet intended to aid him.
He boiled a few of his left over pork bones as well as added whatever cheap spices he had to flavour the soup, consisting of star anise as well as pepper which developed a soup looking like tea in colour. Hence pork bone tea was born. Another canon explains that this was a tonic invented to ‘reinvigorate’ the Chinese coolies that worked in the Clark Quay area.
Bak Kut Teh has been in Singapore since we were still a developing country and also deserves its acknowledgment as a simple, simple recipe. The various other variant would certainly be the Klang Bak Kut Teh, a dark and also highly flavoured herbal soup stemming from Malaysia.
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh: 7 Keppel Roadway, # 01-05/07, PSA Tanjong Pagar Facility, Singapore 089053 (shut on Mon).
Tune Fa Bak Kut Teh: 11 New Link Road # 01-01, Singapore 059383.
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup: 208 Rangoon Roadway, Hong Structure Singapore 218453 (closed on Mon).
Leong Kee (Klang) Bak Kut Teh: 321 Beach Roadway, Singapore 199557 (shut on Wed).
The Singapore Wanton noodles was most likely affected by Hong Kong cuisine, but has come to be entrenched in our culture over the years. The Singapore version is commonly consumed ‘completely dry’, soaked with some light pleasant sauce, slices of pork char siew as well as wanton dumplings loaded with pork, with a tiny bowl of soup on the side.
The Malaysian variation is a darker colored sauce, sweeter sampling mee.
Fei Fei Wanton Mee: 62 Joo Chiat Location, Singapore 427785.
Kok Kee Wanton Mee: 380 Jalan Besar, Lavender Food Square, # 01-06, Singapore 209000 (closed every 3 weeks Wed & Thur).
Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House: 91 Bencoolen Road, # 01-53, Sunlight Plaza, Singapore 189652.
Fried Carrot cake
No, this isn’t the American Dessert. This is vice versa. The Singapore Fried Carrot cake is made with eggs, maintained radish (chai poh) and white radish flour pie, which looks like a ‘white carrot’ and how the name transpires.
This is a teochew dish prominent both in Singapore and also Malaysia. Variations consist of the ‘black’ version, which is with sweet sauce (molasses) added, or a crunchy version with the cake fried on top of a beaten egg to create a crust and also pieces of cake. A lot of commonly seen in Singapore though is the sliced up version with individual radish cake cubes.
Carrot Pie (that’s the literal name of the store): 20 Kensington Park Road, Chomp Food Centre, Singapore 557269 (closed on alternate Tues).
Fu Ming Carrot Cake: Blk 85 Redhill Street, Redhill Food Center, Singapore 150085.
Hai Sheng Carrot Cake: Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Market as well as Food Center, # 01-09, Singapore 560724.
He Zhong Carrot Cake: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Bukit Timah Market and also Food Center, Singapore 588172.