A-One Bak Kut Teh (Star Vista)

Friday, 23 October 2015

Opened on 20 August, the multi-branch A-One Claypot House is now officially venturing into Bak Kut Teh (肉骨茶, abbrev. BKT). 
This new concept of theirs is known as A-One Bak Kut Teh, and the branch at Star Vista is their first BKT themed eatery, which has taken over the now defunct Boston Seafood shack.


DETAILS

Area: 
Buona Vista

Country: 
Singapore 

Price: 
$$

Good For: 
Big Groups / Small Groups / Friends / Solo / Takeaway / Family 

Accessibility: 
Approx. 3 mins walk from Buona Vista MRT Station (Exit C) 

LET'S EAT!

All cooked with their signature Bak Kut Teh (BKT) stock recipe, which uses high grade white pepper for boiling and simmering for hours, they have churned out many BKT themed dishes, some of which we tried when we visited. Some were less peppery, some were more fiery.

Under the dishes cooked with their bak kut teh recipe, I liked the good ol' Pork Ribs Soup ($10.90) which was peppery. I also liked that the tender meat which was easy to remove from the bone.

Take the meat and dip it into their dipping sauce mixture: Sweet black sauce, chopped garlic and chilli padi. The taste is awesome.


I am a lover of Pig's Organs Soup. Surprisingly, if you order their Pig's Organs Soup ($9.90), they also cooked it with a less peppery version of their BKT stock. However, I can't say this is my favourite, because the peppery taste takes away the essence of the soup, somewhat.



If you want something more filling, try their BKT Pork Ribs Porridge ($10.90) and Minced Meat with Meat Ball Porridge ($9.90). 
Like usual popular A-One porridge in other branches, the porridge here is cooked with pearl rice, which makes the porridge smooth, with softer grains. Both porridge is cooked with BKT stock for 45 minutes, using high pressure cookers.

Meat lovers, you can try the dry BKT Chicken Cubes ($12.90) and the Braised Platter ($14.90). 

The Dry BKT Chicken cubes are interestingly similar to the Kung Pao chicken dish. But for their rendition, they used their BKT soup base to cook it. It's fragrant, with addition of thinly sliced dried cuttlefish.

The Braised Platter, on another hand, is similar to the assorted braised items that you would go with your kway chap. While the gravy is flavourful, I was a little bummed out that they didn't include pig intestines in this dish. Both dishes are great with rice.

For non-meat lovers, you can have a go at the Ampang Yong Tau Foo and Assorted Vegetables in Sambal sauce ($10.90).
For the Ampang Yong Tau Foo, it comes in 3 sizes: small ($9.90, medium ($14.90) and  large ($18.90). Ours was the medium sized one, good for 2 - 3 pax.

The assorted vegetables feature, what A-One likes to call, the 4 'heavenly kings' of vegetables, namely: Sweet peas, eggplant, ladyfinger and long beans.

Overall, it is interesting that they have come up with this concept where most things can be cooked with a signature bak kut teh stock, but the control of the BKT flavour - more fiery, spicy, peppery or BKT prominent - are just a thin line from being different.

Hopefully, they have mastered controlling the flavours for various Bak Kut Teh dishes, because there must be an edge to the various dishes even if it is BKT themed. Importantly, flavours need to be kept consistent for its returning  BKT loving customers.

A-One Claypot House

Location: 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-46 Singapore 138617
Operating Hours: 10:30am To 9:30pm (last order)
Tel: +65-6734-6567
Website: http://aonegroup.com.sg/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/a1porridge



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