Why do Frog Porridge and Geylang go hand in hand?
There are 3 prominent Frog Porridge shops at the red light district (known for its ‘night time activities’), including the newly-minted Michelin Bib Gourmand shop Eminent Frog Porridge at Lorong 19, G7 Sin Ma at Lorong 3, and Lion City at Lorong 9.
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Other than being a good source of animal protein, frog legs are said to be able to “increase stamina” and even treat impotence in men.
Ah, I see. The relationship between Geylang and men; men and frogs. (Will sales go up even further?)
Of course when I told friends I was going to have Frog Porridge, different people had extreme reactions.
“Oh, these amphibians are disgusting ugly.” “Are you eating Kermit?” “I don’t eat them because they cause me to lose wealth.”
It really gets more complicated than this, because some cultures see frogs as rather symbolic.
I remember good old days during army when a group of us who could not pass Standing Broad Jump (the dreaded SBJ) would have Frog Porridge, because we believe eating that animal would help us jump better.
We still ended up failing anyway.
Eminent 明辉田鸡粥 serves up Frog Legs cooked in different sauces, from Gong Bao, Spring Onion, Porridge, Chinese Essence, Chinese Herb Soup, and store-exclusives Garlic & White Pepper and Special Home-made Chilli.
While 1 frog cost $8, they are known for their “buy 2 get 1 free” promotion at $16. A pot of 4 frogs is priced at $22.
Always pair it up with some of the Plain Porridge ($2, $3, $4) cooked in earthen pots.
I would recommend the Dried Chilli Gong Bao, where the tender frog legs would be simmered with chopped spring onions over high heat.
The enticing part would be the slightly-sticky dark sauce which was more sweet-savoury, with that notch of spice. I wished that there was more of the spiciness than sweetness though.
Eat it while it is hot, though the pot helps retain some of that heat within.
The recommended way would be to drizzle some of that sauce over the thick and smooth congee to balance out the flavours.
Most would say that frog legs taste like chicken. I would think perhaps the texture did remind me of chicken wings, as frog legs were softer. People do enjoy sucking the sauce off the bones.
Eminent also serves up an extensive range of zhi-char dishes such as Chilli Crabs, Salted Egg Prawns, Sambal Chicken, Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs, and Hot Plate Tofu.
Opened till 4am daily, Frog Porridge has become one of the most popular supper dishes, especially when one heads over to Geylang.
Note: Parking is almost impossible to find, and service can be long during peak hours.
Eminent Frog Porridge 明辉田鸡粥
323 Geylang Road (Lor 19), Singapore 389359
Opening Hours: 4pm – 4am Daily