A-One Bak Kut Teh has recently opened an outlet at the ground floor of Star Vista. They have taken over the large space formerly occupied by the Boston Seafood Shack. We had previously patronised A-One’s porridge outlet and found that their porridge was very good. Are their pork ribs just as delicious? There was only one way to find out.
The nautical theme of Boston Seafood Shack has been replaced by a more usual restaurant setting. Half of the dining space is in the air-conditioned enclosed space. The decor is mostly functional. The main dishes at A-One Bak Kut Teh are the pork ribs and pork related items but they have some other items in case you wish to eat something else. Here are some pages from their menu.
We ordered pork ribs soup ($10.90). Rice and dough fritters (you tiao) are sold separately ($1.20 and $1.50 respectively). For contrast we looked for something totally non-pork. We settled on a medium plate of the Ampang Yong Tau Foo ($9.90, $14.90 and $18.90 for small, medium and large).
The pork ribs were served in an attractive claypot with a burner. The steaming hot soup certainly looks enticing. There were two pieces of ribs in the pot. The meat was small in quantity but was tender and had good texture. Most importantly, there was no porky smell. The soup was the peppery sort. Overall it was good but did not impress us as much as their porridge. The total bak kut teh package with rice and you tiao cost $13.90. There is GST and service charge on top of that. We find the A-One Bak Kut Teh to be quite expensive.
The Ampang Yong Tau Foo ($14.90) was also well presented. It was a large portion – more than enough for a person with a heathy appetite. The dish contains the usual items – beancurd skin, tofu, vegetables stuffed with fish paste and vegetables. I am not exactly sure what the original Ampang y t f should taste like. My point of reference is the two stalls located in Upper Thomson Road. Using that as the reference, this dish at A-One Bak Kut Teh was a competent dish but was closer to the usual yong tau foo. The Ampang y t f that I know has a more prominent characteristic taste, which is only mildly present here.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
A-One Bak Kut Teh
#01-46, 1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista
Tel: 6734 6459