444 Upper Bukit Timah Road, The Rail Mall, Singapore 678066
Tel: 6465 8688
Website: None supplied
We decided to explore Rail Mall for a simple dinner, and chanced upon Traditional Klang Claypot Bak Kut Teh restaurant, by the E.A.T. group.
Being a cool rainy day, the idea of piping hot soup appealed to us. Furthermore, the restaurant serves dry bak kut teh as well, a favorite of mine. Part of me was also hoping it might be the resurrection of my favorite herbal Klang BKT stall along Beach Road (defunct now).
Anyway, The Beau ordered for the 2 of us in the air-conditioned restaurant. Ordering is done at the counter by the way.
We had some simple side dishes such as You Mai Vegetables with garlic (SGD$3.80), Doughstick aka You Tiao (SGD$1.60) and my favorite Braised Egg (SGD$0.80).
Bak Kut Teh (SGD$6.60) was served very shortly after ordering; portion was notably small. The soup version comprised pork ribs, inards and beancurd skin (tau kee). We dug into the steaming soup eagerly only to watch each other's face fall. The soup was bland, totally devoid of any taste at all, let alone herbal aroma.
My Dry Bak Kut Teh (SGD$6.80) arrived next, the serving so paltry they might as well have served it on a plate. The saving grace was that the meat was tender, and there were lady's fingers in the tasty mixture tinged with spiciness.
Good service would be wistful thinking at this place, sadly, such that even refill of (tasteless) soup warranted repeated requests and half a mug-ful only. Needless to say, we both concurred that there are better avenues to satiate future BKT cravings.
For Reviews on Other Bak Kut Teh stalls visited:-
1) Founder Bak Kut Teh @ Balestier
2) Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon Road
3) Heng Heng Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon Road
4) Lian Peng Bak Kut Teh @ IMM
5) Song Fa Bak Kut Teh @ Chinatown Point