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Fragrant braised pork rice & claypot natural BKT offered for less than 6 hours a day

What number of of you like Malaysia’s natural rendition of bak kut teh over our peppery model? I, for one, am a fan of it. And so, in the hunt for that, I headed to 93 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 Market & Meals Centre, the place Tea Inn Bak Kut Teh is positioned.

tea inn bak kut teh - stallfront

The hawker stall is opened by 31-year-old Jenere, who has spent the final 5 years within the F&B trade. He was beforehand working for a good friend for 4 years at a BBQ seafood scorching plate joint at Yishun. Being an avid soup lover, Jenere determined to enterprise on his personal and begin promoting claypot natural bak kut teh.

In addition to that dish, I additionally noticed different objects on the menu like braised pork trotters, sesame oil hen and extra. They cater primarily to the breakfast and lunch crowds, working from 8am to 2pm.

Whereas he was busy working his magic within the kitchen, I had a chat along with his mum who was helping him on the stall that day.

tea inn bak kut teh - stall owner

“He’s very explicit about his meals requirements. If it doesn’t make the mark, he’ll throw it away and do a contemporary batch”, she shared with me candidly.

After working for 14 years within the kitchen, I’ve seen my justifiable share of cooks taking quick cuts and settling for one thing that tastes sub par. And that is much more prevalent now, when meals costs are at a excessive and F&B companies are scrambling to search out options to chop prices.

This goes to indicate that Jenere may be very devoted to his craft, and is set to serve solely the most effective to his clients— I’ve tons of respect for him.

What I attempted at Tea Inn Bak Kut Teh

tea inn bak kut teh - pork trotters

Pork trotters is one dish I infrequently order. The Braised Pork Trotters (S$5.50) got here with one trotter which was doused in a soya sauce gravy and chopped up into items.

Let’s discuss concerning the thick viscous gravy that was jet black in color. My style buds picked up underlying hints of star anise, and a mix of various sorts of spices. It tasted prefer it had gone by means of tons of of trial runs as a result of it was completely balanced and strong tasting.

tea inn bak kut teh - pork trotter gravy

Jenere talked about that oyster sauce, 5 spice powder and dang gui are simply a number of the substances that go into this magical sauce.

“The remainder are a commerce secret, can’t reveal an excessive amount of”, he replied cheekily.

tea inn bak kut teh - pork trotter

The meat from the trotter had soaked up all of that phenomenal goodness coming from the gravy proper as much as the pores and skin, which took on a tempting caramelised shade of brown. The gelatinous texture of the pores and skin, fat and meat labored properly collectively like a close-knit household.

My eating associate and I felt that although the Braised Pork Trotters had been tender, it might nonetheless be extra braised, until it achieved the fall-off-the-bone stage.

tea inn bak kut teh - braised pork rice

We proceeded to the following dish, the Braised Pork Rice (S$4). It had chunks of pork stomach, pickled mustard greens, plain rice doused in braised sauce gravy, and a sprinkling of fried shallots.

tea inn bak kut teh - braised pork rice

I proceeded to combine the whole lot as much as steadiness out the completely different textures and substances. When you’re accustomed to having braised pork rice from Taiwan, you’ll discover that the model served right here is much less oily.

tea inn bak kut teh - braised pork closeup

The meat-to-fat ratio of the pork stomach was 80/20, which allowed us to have extra with out feeling too overwhelmed with the “jelakness“. The addition of the pickled mustard greens and fried shallots gave various ranges of crunch, with a delicate acidic punch coming in step by step.

tea inn bak kut teh - pickled mustard greens closeup

This was a easy no-frills form of dish which was completely up my alley. All of the flavours and textures had been on level and I actually had no complaints about it— this was my favorite up to now!

tea inn bak kut teh - claypot herbal bak kut teh

We ended our lazy Tuesday lunch with the Claypot Natural Bak Kut Teh (S$5.50). It was served piping scorching in a claypot with thick chunks of pork ribs, enoki mushrooms, and paper-thin items of bean curd pores and skin swimming in a natural broth.

tea inn bak kut teh - porkrib closeup

The pork ribs had a colossal quantity of meat, and had been braised till fork-tender. The bean curd pores and skin wasn’t overly boiled and launched small quantities of natural broth into my mouth which it had absorbed. This ingredient could be good in case you had been misplaced in a desert!

tea inn bak kut teh - ingredients

The enoki mushrooms gave the dish a satisfying crunchy mouthfeel. It acquired me pondering that each dish has completely different parts that are there for a motive. That’s why meals is greater than only a technique of satisfying starvation— it’s an expertise.

tea inn bak kut teh - dipping pork rib in dark soya

“What sorcery is that this?” I assumed to myself after I dunked my pork ribs into the darkish soya dip. A better grade of darkish soya sauce might be used right here. It possessed this fragrant smokiness which enveloped the meat, and proceeded to hit me with tiny sensations of spiciness coming from the chilli padi.

tea inn bak kut teh - herbal broth

Maybe my solely gripe about this dish could be the natural broth. There was a presence of herbs within the style however I needed it was barely stronger and had been simmered longer.

Closing Ideas

tea inn bak kut teh - overall view

Prior to now, I might solely get the prospect to eat natural bak kut teh in faraway locations like JB. I’m truly glad that I discovered an excellent hawker stall promoting this explicit dish at Toa Payoh and we have now extra choices obtainable in different components of Singapore.

Jenere shared that he’s enhancing alongside the way in which by gathering suggestions (mine included) from his clients.

With such a constructive perspective and open mindset coupled with wallet-friendly costs, this place gained my coronary heart over. I look ahead to returning to Tea Inn Bak Kut Teh for a meal with my foodie buddies.

Anticipated injury: S$4 – S$6.50 per pax

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Worth: $

Our Score: 4 / 5

Tea Inn Bak Kut Teh

93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-33 , Singapore 310093


Our Score 4/5

Tea Inn Bak Kut Teh

93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-33 , Singapore 310093

Phone: +65 9649 4175

Working Hours: 8am – 2pm (Tue to Solar), Closed on Mon



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