Fragrant Garden Teochew Cuisine opens in Pasir Ris!
Fragrant Gardens has been our go to place for Teochew food ever since I first ate there in 2014. Over the years, I have gotten to know the family very well and the owner/chef, Mr Koh has even appeared in a few videos to teach us how to cook classic Teochew dishes like Steam Pomfret, Salted Fish Minced Pork and Orh Nee!
Sin Chao Gardens: A Great Place for Teochew Porridge
I think most Singaporeans get their Teochew Porridge fix either at home or at one of those late night coffeeshop stalls like Yue Shang Hai where all the cooked dishes are laid out for your picking. Places where dishes are cooked to order are less common. The one which I always remember fondly was Xu Jun Sheng at Joo Chiat. They had the most incredible tofu prawns, cold crabs and even simple dishes like fried cabbage was superb!
After coming back, I find myself craving for Teochew muay more than before! But where can you find a good Teochew porridge nowadays? I mean a really good place where you get quality fish and authentic ingredients like the aged chai poh (pickled radish) and Puning fermented soya beans that was featured in the series?
White House Teochew Porridge: Ultimate Comfort food!
Teochew porridge is my ultimate comfort food and I am sure it is for many Singaporeans too! Just imagine sitting down a few salty, spicy, sweet dishes washed down with a bowl of piping hot porridge! It's the ultimate remedy for a rainy day!
Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (Teochew Crystal Dumplings) :Last of the Artisans
This unassuming little hawker stall at Alexandra village food centre is probably the last of its kind in Singapore that is still selling Teochew crystal dumplings or what is we Teochews call chwee jia bao. What characterises these dumplings is the chewy, see through skin which is made from tapioca flour. The skin is rather […]
Have you ever eaten at someone’s house and found the food so delicious that you wished they would just open a restaurant so that you don’t always have to find an excuse to invite yourself over for dinner? Well, that is roughly how Empress Porridge came to be. Actually they started by making their porridge […]
You can always judge a Teochew restaurant by the quality of its pomfret. If it is anything less than super fresh, you will be able to pick up its fishy odour since it is always served either steamed or in a simple clear soup! That is why passionate restaurateurs like Jimmy Koh, 67, make the effort to buy their fish direct from Senoko every day!
It’s been a few years since I last wrote about Ah Liang and his then newly opened Chao Shan cuisine restaurant. Since then he has relocated to a bigger and brighter restaurant at Philip St, so we felt it was time to visit our Teochew Ah Hia again.
Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge: Taxi Driver’s Haunt
This Teochew Ah Hia is your typical “hao lian bah“. The saying goes that Teochews are “hao lian” (like to brag), Hokkiens are “dua bian” (big cons). If you don’t believe it, just pop by Ye Shang Hai and talk to the boss! But the good thing about being “hao lian” is that they make extra effort to make the food good so that they have something to be “hao lian” about.
Autumn is the season for yams and during this time, it is easy to source quality yams, you can tell they are quality yams when they are nice and powdery and perfect for making Orh Nee (Teochew Yam Paste). Making your own yam paste takes a lot of blending, steaming, and cooking. With the Tefal […]
Classic Singaporean style Teochew food! One taste and you know you are onto some really good stuff. This kind of Singaporean heartland restaurants are a real gem and are, in my opinion, the type of restaurants that should really be included in the Michelin Guide so that tourists can have a taste of solid Singaporean cuisine.
My friend Allan has made it his mission to track down retired hawkers and learn their tried and tested recipes. This particular braised duck recipe comes from an old Teochew man, Mr Teo who used to be the head chef of Hang Kang Teochew restaurant for over 20 years.