Makansutra Singapore Food Ebook 2023/24

Kwang Kee Teochew Porridge

500 Clemenceau Ave North #01-20, Newton Food Ctr (Map) 11am – 8pm

Mon ( Temporarily Closed)

It's not a very Instagrammable dish, but to the aficionados, this Teochew comfort food says “home”. Their Her Muay or rice in clear fish broth wakes you with a blast of tee po (dried and roasted sole fish bones) flavour in the soup. The rice is soft and yet has some bite, with slippery and fresh slices of batang or Spanish Mackerel that is a joy to devour. Second generation hawker Jason Tan or Ah Hui now doles it out the same way his father did back in the 60s at the famous but now defunct Orchard carpark Gluttons Square. He assisted his dad at 13 years of age.

Ng Soon Kee Fish & Duck Porridge

Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2 #01-11, Geyland East Mkt & Food Ctr (Map) 12am – 6pm (Or till sold out)

Mon & Tues

It's best to head here for this really old school Teochew style fish porridge before this old septuagenarian couple calls it a day, which may be soon. Their clear fish stock, punctuated with tee po (dried sole fish bones), is lifted with touches of Szechuan pickles. It calms the "fishiness" and pleases the masses. That broth is poured over steamed rice that softens as you chomp in. The slices of fish placed over, from pomfret, snapper to garoupa and even threadfin (whenever they have fresh supplies of any) come sweet and fresh and oh-so- merry in the mouth. The braised duck is not the main act here but is a great supporting cast as a side order to the porridge. The braise sauce is easy on herbs and is done with a bold soy sauce and stock.


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