I have been blogging for twelve years now and I thought I had seen it all. In the early days, a lot of hawkers were highly suspicious whenever I try to interview them, but as blogging and social media marketing got more popular, many hawkers have become media savvy and it has been easier to […]
Growing up as a Teochew boy meant hot piping porridge on weekends when mom would fry up simple, salty dishes such as lup cheong (chinese sausage) omelette and heat up some canned favorites like luncheon meat, fried dace and stewed peanuts. When she had a bit more time to visit the market, she would buy […]
This place is closed! “This reminds me of a story, looooong before your time, in the Southern province of China……” I am sure that many of us are familiar with this line from “Under One Roof” which was made famous by Moses Lim’s character, Tan Ah Teck waaaaaaay back in the 90’s! Somehow, I still […]
Oasis Bay Taiwan Porridge: Piping Hot Midnight Porridge!
The last time I visited Oasis, they were still at their old location in Kallang. They had to shift out of their iconic location in order to make way for our Stadium. But they are very fortunate to be able to relocate to their present premises at Toa Payoh garden where they still have a […]
Gen Shu Mei Shi She Jia: Ultimate Abalone and Scallop Congee!
Of all the hawkers whom I approached to take part in the Ultimate Hawker Fest, Gen Shu was the coolest. To the former Head Chef of Mouth Restaurant, coming up with an Ultimate version of his famous Congee is but water off a duck’s back or as they say in Cantonese, “Sup Sup Soi!” But […]
Gen Shu Gourmet: Do you know the story of Sampan Porridge?
It is said that of the three different types of porridge that we commonly get in Singapore, the Cantonese Congee is the most (natural) gas consuming and laborious compared to the Teochew and the Hainanese version. In order to get the smooth consistency of a Cantonese Congee, the rice needs to be on a furious […]
Ah Chiang Traditional Charcoal Porridge: Comfort food on a cold and stormy night
Pork Porridge $3.50. You Tiao 70 cents It is a dark and stormy night. You are nursing a cold. Having gone through a few days of reservist training, and eating combat rations, you feel that you deserve a bit of pity. Just a tiny bit. So you indulge in a sprinkle of self pity because […]
Soon Lee Hainanese Porridge: Not Comfort Food, Comfortable Food!
When I was a kid, I don’t remember ever having Cantonese Congee in the hawker centres, do you? When my Pa said we were going to the market to eat Jok (porridge), it only meant the Hainanese style Jok where the rice is boiled till it is broken but still retains a grainy texture, unlike […]
Uncle Gen’s Hong Kong Cuisine: The latest stall to make it to the Really Must Try list!
Hong Kong Steamed Rice with Chicken and Salted Fish $3.30 As the number of blog posts approaches the one thousand mark, it amazes me that there are still so many new places that are still waiting to be discovered. Indeed, Singapore might be a tiny red dot, but if the world atlas were drawn according […]
Ah, an anonymous reader quipped that being Teochew I only liked the grainy kind of porridge. Not true, not true. My favourite kind of Jok is actually the Hainanese style one which has broken grains in it. I guess it might be something I grew up with. I remember eating Jok almost every Sunday morning […]
I finally managed to eat the famous Zhen Zhen porridge! The distinctive feature about this porridge is that they cook the grains until it has all but dissolved. Lots of people actually rave about this porridge and even they even got 6 chopsticks from Makansutra which is full marks. I was however a little ambivalent […]
Johore Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge: Hainanese Porridge is Not Smooth one!
So when do you all eat porridge? Do you treat it as a comfort food or is it something that you gather all you makan kakis and plan an outing to? I suspect it is the former. I always feel like a bowl of porridge when I am not so well or when I have […]