Pork 🐖

Pork 🐖

Featuring Grain Traders (Telok Ayer), 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist (Tyrwhitt Road), Vanilla Bar & Café, Roast Paradise (Old Airport Road Food Centre), Fatty Cheong (ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre), Aroy Dee Thai Kitchen (Middle Road), Gu Thai Noodle Cafe (PoMo), Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian (85 Fengshan Centre), Founder Bak Kut Teh (Bugis), Seng Huat Coffee House (North Bridge Road)
Darren Koh
Darren Koh

Decent carbonara with Chope 1-for-1 deal. I'd have preferred if the carbonara sauce was richer, but this would actually be perfect for most people. The pancetta was fried well till crispy, bringing a nice chewy + crispy bite. Good effort, but I do wish the portions to be slightly larger! 👍🏻

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Great broth with good dose of pepper and garlic. Many BKT places seem to be cutting back on pepper and garlic for some reason (to attract more tourists? Or cost cutting measures?)

Anyway, the "Popularity" version ironically has some of the less popular or typical BKT parts - no prime, short or spare ribs - its probably the unwanted portions of the ribs. Nonetheless, the meat is still good enough.

Still deciding if I prefer Founder's or Ya Hua. Both offer very compelling Ba Kut Tehs.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

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Great broth, and decent serving of kidneys, liver, intestines, stomach and lean meat. The kidneys and liver were a tad overcooked (we should have asked them to slightly undercook those parts 😅).

Rating: 4 / 5

Well roasted char siew & shao rou, with nice char & crispy skin respectively. But the meats are just way too fatty to the point it gets kinda too gelat after a few pieces each. Prices are also a tad bit on the higher side compared to other good roast meats places, but its definitely not expensive. Would eat it if I'm in the area and if the queue is not too long.

Rating: 3.75 / 5

As mentioned in my other post, I still prefer the dry BCMs, but its definitely customary to get the soup version @ Bedok 85. And if I'm there, I'll go for Seng Hiang over Xing Ji.

The broth, meatballs, bachor, they're all just more flavourful than its neighbour (not that Xing Ji is not good). I just personally prefer stronger flavours. Perhaps the Xing Ji one would bode better when I'm sick and need a comfort bowl of soup noodles? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Rating: 3.75 / 5

If I wanted BCM, I'd go for the dry version. But at Bedok 85, I guess its customary to have the soup version instead.

Comparing this to Seng Hiang, this is more mild in taste. Meatballs and bachor was nicely cooked. But overall, nothing awesome, just good.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

This is pretty authentic! You could definitely tell that eggs and/or egg yolks were the main ingredients for the cream sauce because it thickens relatively quickly. Most place "cheat" by using cream for the carbonara sauce. Really like this dish and would definitely come back for more of this! 😋

With that said, most might find this too jelat, especially if they're used to the mainstream style of carbonaras.

Rating: 4.75 / 5

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Pork ribs are tender and flavourful. Broth is not too pork & not too prawny, very good balance between both ingredients! 👍🏻

Rating: 3.75 / 5

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Unfortunately, this dish was disappointing despite the relatively good reviews by food bloggers. In all honesty, I wasn't expecting the same standard as I had in Thailand, but the standard of prep put into this was what put us off.

The rice was not kept warm - the staff alr kept the rice in tupperware in the fridge - we ordered it this at 2.30pm which was still before their closing. This made the rice harder and dryer than it should have been. The pig trotters were also just warm, not kept hot. I'm pretty sure this affects the texture and bite of the meat & fatty skin. I get that its pretty near their closing time, but if they're not prepared to keep the ingredients fresh till then, they might as well not sell the dish anymore.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Noodles is thicker and more Q than the usual Singapore/HK wanton mee noodles. Similar to Kolo mee thickness & texture. The fried and boiled wantons are above average. The char siew I got wasn't as fatty as I hoped, I also wished it was more charred like the M'sian style char siew (but I guess this is the Thai style charsiew? So i shouldn't compare that way haha). Otherwise, I really liked this dish and would come back again if I have the time.

Rating: 3.9 / 5

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Nothing to rave about. Oil used was definitely old & re-used, they should have used a newer batch of oil to fry this. It's pretty obvious from the darker tones of the crispy batter. The pork meat was also kinda dry, which I believe was due to the meat being overcooked or no longer fresh? Generally a lot of room for improvement.

Rating: 2 / 5

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Tried the plain & standard one without any special/creative/fusion toppings, and chose the kurobuta pork sausage. The sausage was really well grilled and was a legit pork sausage. The accompanying mustard and tomato sauce paired well with the sausage (though I would personally replace the tomato sauce with chilli sauce the next time!)

$8 might be a little pricey, but totally worth it if you have the entertainer 1-for-1 or Burpple beyond 1-for-1 deals to redeem!

Rating: 4 / 5

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