We were inspired to eat Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh after watching the Gwee sisters relate their story on the Netflix show “Wanton Mee”. We headed to the Raffles City outlet for Ya Hua BKT, a business described as “a tasty example of girl power” in the show.
亚华肉骨茶 Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh currently has five outlets in Singapore. Its Raffles City outlet opened in 2016, taking up a large space in the basement. It feels even more spacious now that COVID social distancing is in place. We went just after the lunch peak hour and enjoyed some peace and quiet throughout lunch.
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh Raffles City Menu
In addition to bak kut teh, Ya Hua also serves a wide range of other soups and Teochew dishes. Here are pictures of some sample portions of their menu. We selected a Prime Cut Rib soup ($11.90), rice and you tiao ($1 & $2.50 respectively), Sliced Pork and Mushroom Mee Pok ($6.90) and Chai Po Omelette ($6).
The Bak Kut Teh
The highlight of our lunch at Ya Hua Raffles City was of course the pork ribs. With thick slabs of meat attached to the ribs, the meat content was very high. The meat was soft, not dry and easily separated from the bone. We were glad that we only ordered one BKT and diversified into other types of food. Two orders would be too much pork to eat at one seating.
The bak kut teh soup was the Teochew style – light and peppery. It was not one of those heavily flavoured styles of BKT. There was a free flow of soup which was important to maintain the hotness of the soup. The peppery soup does not taste good when lukewarm.
The Other Dishes
We thought that we should try out other dishes on the menu as it would be boring to just eat bak kut teh. The mee pok noodles had good texture – thin yet springy. The portion was generous – it felt like twice the amount served in a hawker centre. But we did not like the mushrooms which look like they came out of a can. However, considering the $6.90 price, it was good value for money.
The chai poh omelette was a large plate of fluffy egg with salty preserved preserved radish. It would probably go better with Teochew porridge than what we had that day.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-44B Raffles City
Opening Hoursy: 10:30am – 10:00pm (LO 9.30pm)
Nearby MRT Stations: City Hall, Bras Basah
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