Great Teochew porridge

Posted on September 30, 2009 by Aun

I have at least a half dozen friends that will kill me for writing this post. But I figured that it was high time that I shared with local readers a place that I’ve been enjoying eating at for the last year and a half. Not that this little eatery is only a year and a half old, just that I only discovered it some eighteen months ago. From what I can tell, it has actually been around for many, many years.

You’ll also have to forgive me because I don’t really know if this little slice of food heaven has any other name than two simple words… Teochew Porridge. Which should immediately tell you what kind of place it is. For the uninitiated, Teochew porridge describes a full meal made up of many cooked items served with a Teochew style rice porridge–which is more watery as well as less smooth than the Cantonese version. Typical dishes will include braised duck, steamed pomfret, hard-boiled salted duck eggs and belly pork braised in soya sauce. Diners will usually have several small plates of different delectable dishes with their porridge.

My favourite Teochew porridge stall is located conveniently (for me at least since I live not too far away) in the corner of a coffee shop in Block 42, Cambridge Road, in the Farrer Park neighborhood. Open only Monday through Saturdays for lunch, this little stall is easily the dominant player in the coffee shop, which also hosts another porridge shop, a cze char, a Malay stall, a Western stall, plus a few others. At any given lunch time, at least 50%, if not more, of the guests are ordering Teochew porridge (which must aggravate the other stall owners to no end).

The variety and the quality of the items at this stall are, so far, the best I’ve found in town… not that they offer more things than competitors, but what they do offer is always fresh and always delicious. My favourite items include a spicy minced pork, fried prawn cakes, the braised pork belly and a really yummy braised fish that is sold in pieces. But don’t take my word for it, check it our for yourself. Just don’t get mad if you can’t get a table right away. I often spend several minutes staring at seated customers, willing them to leave. And when you do dine there, be nice to the uncle in the see-through shirt–he can get a tad grumpy if not treated well. Enjoy!

About Aun Koh

Aun has always loved food and travel, passions passed down to him from his parents. This foundation, plus a background in media, pushed him to start Chubby Hubby in 2005. He loves that this site allows him to write about the things he adores--food, style, travel, his wife and his bouncing baby boy!

What Others Are Saying

  1. Rosemarie September 30, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Yes this place is AWESOME!!! My 2 colleagues and I headed there for lunch 1 day. We ended with 18 plates of dishes and 1 bowl of porridge per person. The fried prawn cakes and spicy mince pork was the best I’ve ever had!

  2. weegin October 1, 2009 at 1:12 am

    Looks pretty good, but I also like the one at Onan Road near Joo Chiat, next to Dunman Food Centre.

  3. SY October 1, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Must definitely check this out. My grandfather ran a teochew porridge place in Mosque Street eons ago. In my opinion it was the best :) but long since gone. A must-have item is what we call “meatballs” in teochew – actually fish cakes with bits of pork fat and chilli, shaped into blocks. Eaten with salted bean sauce and chill. Only a few places do a decent job now (they omit the fat!!). Sadly, it seems good teochew porridge will only get more rare.

  4. MrsLavendula October 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    those dishes look simple yet delicious much look good home cooking!

  5. Jeremy October 8, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    Hi, is this place only open during lunch? I work in raffles pl and I don’t think I can make it in time for lunch! Love teochew porridge!

  6. Cupcake October 8, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Nice article today in SMH.
    Peace…

  7. mrsglim October 10, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    My family enjoys the teochew porridge from a stall located at Beo Crescent. Sorry I don’t know the actual address but there is a lady (old-ish and Ibelieve it is the owner) who wears a big black framed glasses and has a really loud and husky voice. There is a fish dish (much like sardine) that is wrapped in a kind of vegetable or leave and braised in a dark assam-like sauce. YUMS!

  8. penny aka jeroxie October 13, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I need to get more info from you when I come back next for a visit. Actually, can you tell me where this hougang place that tazi drivers like to hang out. It opens at 2am!

  9. Andy Loh October 19, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Penny… perhaps yo are referring to Alishan Teochew Porridge along Upp Serangoon Rd (just after Kovan MRT and the cold storage)? its such a busy stretch of road, you can’t miss it.

  10. The Little Teochew November 1, 2009 at 9:33 am

    THANK YOU for sharing! For obvious reasons ;) What a spread!

  11. J2Kfm November 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    homely affair. one thing i like about a complete teochew spread is the amazing array of dishes, usually pungent, strongly flavored items to go along with the bland porridge.
    but sometimes, they’re overpriced here in Malaysia.

  12. David Lim January 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    One of my favourite Teochew Porridge stalls. Fried egg prawn cake is a must try! can’t get this anywhere else. Braised duck is smooth and tender. Pork belly is good as well. This stall has that home-cooked food taste. Not too salty and no msg aftertaste. SHIOK!

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