To be honest, Pig’s Organ Soup 猪杂汤 is not the kind of hawker food that is on constant-radar, but when I need something comforting during colder weathers.
My usual default choice is Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 at Foch Road, Lavender area; and Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup at Tiong Bahru Food Centre.
The stall has been also listed in Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore, probably the first Pig’s Organ Soup stall in Singapore to be awarded.
Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup stall began in 1955 by a pioneer hawker named Koh Kee with a secret recipe and a push cart.
Now, his son and grandson run the business.
Since they started in Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, they have garnered quite a lot of the supporters judging from the queue during peak hours.
Even though the closing time for lunch states 2:30pm, the food is usually sold out before that.
It specialises in Teochew-style clear soup, freshly made daily from pig bones and offal and salted preserved mustard vegetables.
The Pig’s Organ Soup ($4.00, $5.00) comes with that special soup along with cut pieces of pig organs, such as pig liver, tripe, intestines, as well as pork belly and pork balls, lean meat.
The special element about this stall is their soup is a natural sweetness from the pig bones imparted to the stock, accentuated with slight saltiness from the vegetables.
It is not as peppery as some of the other stalls in Singapore. With that said, I wished that it was hotter in terms of temperature.
The offal is meticulously prepared, with the intestines even split open and scraped for absolute cleanliness.
As a result, the ingredients typically do not give off a funky smell and cooked to the right texture.
Overall, the soup base is rather light, though I think some customers may prefer a version which is richer and more robust.
Aside from the signature Pig’s Organ Soup, the stall serves Glutinous Rice with Stuffed Chestnuts Wrapped in Pig Intestine, another specialty.
The glutinous rice is cooked just right and soaks up the savoury flavours of the pig intestines and the sweetness of the chestnuts.
Looking like a sausage, the sensation reminded me of Teochew Peng Kueh especially when dipped into the dark sauce and chili.
Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup 许兄弟猪什汤
Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre #02-29, 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
Tel: +65 8113 7218
Opening Hours: 9am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 7:45pm (Tues – Sat), 9am – 2:30pm (Sun), Closed Mon