So, Joo Chiat Teochew Porridge (aka/fka Teck Teochew Porridge) has moved premises, again! This is like their 4th location since their original location at Joo Chiat. Seriously, the stall has to find a more permanent home. Because it was quite the roller-coaster of emotions to have to hit up their last site at East Coast Road and be terribly disappointed, and then elatedly discover that they'd hauled ass further east to Frankel Ave.
Anyways, I love love love Teck Teochew Porridge. We think it's the best Teochew porridge in Singapore. The seafood is swimmingly fresh, and because everything is cooked only upon order (save for the braised dishes), you get food piping hot off the fire. There's an ice counter flush with an array of fish, prawns, clams, crayfish, scallops and the occasional lobster, for the picking and the kitchen will steam them, Teochew-style, or fry them up with black beans and chilli. Don't be shy to ask the staff to explain what's available for the day, as they're great with recommendations.
Because there was just the 2 of us, it was suggested that we get a cut of the threadfin, instead of getting a whole fish which might be too big an order to finish. The Steamed Threadfin Fillet ($24), bathed in a delicate stock flecked with salted plums, leek, ginger, tomatoes, tofu, and mushrooms, was lipsmackingly delicious and incredibly balanced. A must-order.
The Stir-Fried Tiger Prawns ($18 for 300gm), burnished in a honeyed garlicky black bean sauce, was decent but unmemorable. We should have heeded the lady's suggestion to have this steamed instead.
Another must-try, the Stewed Cabbage ($2) was simplicity at its finest. Sweet, mellow, and wonderfully comforting.
The Braised Duck ($12) was excellent, and possibly the best hawker Teochew-style duck around. Sparkling fresh, with nary a whiff of game, and drenched in a heady but thin soy sauce braise.
The Braised Peanuts ($2), laced with strips of chewy pig skin, was rich with nutty overtones.
Another must-try, the Chai Poh Omelette ($5) was fantastic, beautifully charred and its smoky notes complementing the salty preserved radish nubbins.
A regular fixture whenever I have Teochew porridge, the Salted Egg ($2) was scrumptious just paired with a mouthful of plain porridge.
Joo Chiat Teochew Porridge
65 Frankel Ave
Tel: 9897 4477
Open Thursdays to Tuesdays from 11am to 9.30pm; Closed on Wednesdays