5.296 Ba Kuh Teh

Cycle 5 – Item 296

28 (Tue) October 2014

Ba Kuh Teh

3.5

at Tao Yuan

-Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines-

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Try Every Item at Tao Yuan (13) (see also TEITY)

Eating my way through the restaurant’s entire menu, currently at 222 items.

Tasted 2 new items tonight, bringing the total to 56 items tasted thus far, 166 items remaining, averaging 4.3 items per visit, on pace to finish at TEITY 52.

Local Abalone with White King Oyster Mushroom (3.0): nice abalone flavor, enhanced with the simple brown sauce, pairing well with the mushrooms and lettuce.

Ba Kuh Teh is a Singaporean dish.  Consists of meat (ba), with bone (kuh) – typically pork rib – simmered slow-and-low until fall-off-bone tender, and served with the broth in a small individual vessel.  Seasonings vary according to style but often remain simple – commonly just soy sauce, pepper, garlic – to keep the focus on the meat.  Despite the broth, it’s not really regarded as a soup – in fact, “teh” = “tea” – and would probably be served midway through a multi-course meal.

At the time of ordering, I had no idea what the dish would be.

It turned out to be very good.  Perfectly cooked meat, fall-off-bone tender but not overdone so as to be crumbly.  The broth was simultaneously rich and subtle, though it seemed to be laced with a touch too much MSG, but I could be wrong – needs secondary verification.  Strong contender for the permanent rotation.

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