HK CEO Donald Tsang was in Singapore for a 3-day state visit and thought it would be a good idea to wrap up his tour with supper at the famous Rangoon Road Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House. Unfortunately the lady owner had different idea… she refused to open beyond the operation hour (6 am to 2 pm) to cater to the V VIP and his entourage.
I am sure the Foreign Ministry guys would be in hot soup, if one Ah Hwa Bak Kut Teh (BKT) didn’t come to the rescue. Well, Donald got his BKT fix, and the 30 reporters that were invited to dine with Donald got a little scoop that was splashed all over the HK dailies.
Ng Ah Sio, shrewd marketing strategy or just plain business sense? I leave it to fellow bloggers here to comment. Actually, Ng Ah Sio was never on my radar before. I only get to know this shop when my brother from HK started asking for it two years ago. It seems Hong Kongers only know one Ng Ah Sio BKT in Singapore. After this latest hoo hah i am sure my brother will ask me to bring him to try the Ah Hwa BKT!
Personally, i don’t fancy the BKT from Ng Ah Sio… too much pepper and too plain. You get a few pieces of ribs with your soup and nothing else. I prefer those that served the ribs together with other ingredients like tau pok, fish ball, lean meat etc, commonly found in Malaysia. In Singapore, i prefer the BKT in Keppel Distripark in Tanjong Pagar.
Ng Ah Sio “Mr Tsang, aiyah, want to eat bak kut teh, please come early lah. This is not a supper dish and we hope you understand. Workers also need to sleep early,,, wake up early,,, and start preparing the dish early mah!!” (photo courtesy of Cocka)