Teochew Porridge 潮州糜 or ‘Teochew Muay or Mui’ is a type of rice soup similar to the Chinese congee but in a non-gooey and non-mushy way.
Compared to the Cantonese-style congee, it has a waterier texture.
The rice grains are traditionally boiled and softened in water, and remain whole and not in a starchy state.
It is a popular type of rice soup that originated in Chaozhou – an area rich in seafood and often eaten with various small plates of salty accompaniment.
As Teochew cuisine is known for its seafood and vegetarian dishes, the porridge is typically paired with boiled or steamed fish, crustacean, shellfish, kiam chai (salted vegetables), chai por (preserved radish), and many others.
Later on, the original recipe was modified by early immigrants in Malaysia and Singapore to adapt to local tastes.
A comfort food best for breakfast or dinner, especially on rainy days, you can find the best Teochew porridge in Singapore:
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Choon Seng Teochew Porridge
Block 43 Cambridge Road #01-09, Singapore 210043
Tel: +65 6293 0706
Opening Hours: 10:45am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Open only a few hours a day, Choon Seng is where you can enjoy its specialty Teochew porridge prepared in small batches in a traditional earthenware pot. (It is of short walking distance from Pek Kio Food Centre should you need more food.)
Though menu is limited, their home-cooked dishes are spot on, including the popular steamed fish (the flavourful soup itself is a delight to slurp).
Depends on the day’s catch, the special could be a steamed red garoupa prepared Teochew-style or with preserved soy bean. The freshness of the fish shines through, complemented with tofu pieces and salted veggies.
Try their prawn omelette — it is known to be quite uniquely hot and crispy.
Their minced pork with fermented black beans and luncheon meat is recommended for its intense flavour, oozing with savouriness. With that powerful taste, it needs the mildness of the porridge to balance out.
Heng Long Teochew Porridge
809 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198777
Opening Hours: 12pm – 4am (Mon – Sun)
Heng Long offers home-style cooking in several locations around Singapore. It is a relaxing casual dining joint ideal for small group dining with family and friends.
There are outlets at 809 North Bridge Road, 1012 Upper Serangoon Road, 240 Tanjong Katong Road, and 824 Tampines Street 81.
People come here for their signature meatball with salted egg, pineapple sweet and sour pork, and bean sauce minced meat, as well as Teochew Braised Lu Wei – braised duck, pig trotters, bean curd, tau pok, peanuts, large intestines, and salted/preserved vegetables.
Don’t miss their Teochew-style fish items, such as mullet, pomfret, Assam fish, and fried batang, and red snapper. You can’t go wrong with a steamed red snapper with either chai por or black beans.
Other must-try seafood items include clams, sotong and Teochew shark meat with salted vegetables.
Their soya sauce marinated cockles have gained attention for its addictive flavour.
White House Teochew Porridge 白家潮州糜
1096 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328193
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
Accordingly, the owner of White House used to own Soon Soon Teochew Porridge at Simon Road. (He sold the business but was encouraged to set up this newer stall when the opportunity came.)
While this location offers a more limited range of dishes, the braised meats with nostalgic flavours are not to be missed.
The highlight here is definitely the braised duck, which is specially prepared with over 12 spices, and you can order it in quarter ($13 – $15), half ($23) or whole ($45).
Admittedly, I am the biggest fan of braised duck due to a slight gamey taste in some renditions, but well oh well…. White House’s Braised Duck was firm yet tender, flavourful and without that strong aftertaste.
Loved it with a light dip of the chilli sauce.
Other Teochew Porridge dishes served include rotating choices of braised pork belly, braised pig head, tau kwa, tau pok, braised eggs, sesame oil chicken, curry chicken, homemade fish cake, fried egg with preserved radish, black bean minced pork, hae bee hiam to sambal sotong.
Tian Tian Fatt Teochew Porridge
210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh #01-14, Singapore 310210
Opening Hours: 1pm – 1am (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sat), Closed Wed, Sun
Comforting Teochew porridge to warm you up from inside, that opens till 1am.
This is one of the best stalls found at Toa Payoh Lor 8 Food Centre for porridge or rice sets paired with comforting, homely-tasting dishes.
Note: queue is always on the long side.
The dishes are really affordably priced here with good portions, with vegetables from $1, seafood from $2, meat from $1, mid-joint wings from $2.50 and fish (seasonal pricing).
I personally love their muay with Braised Chicken Wings seeped in that tasty dark sauce with tender meat, and super addictive hae bee hiam (spicy shrimp).
There are many customers ordering the whole steamed fish for simple pleasures.
Joo Seng Teochew Porridge
14 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599738
Tel: +65 6463 0768
Opening Hours: 10am – 4am (Mon – Sun)
Perennial fave go-to supper place of many, Joo Seng is ideal for those off-hour late night cravings as it is open ‘til 4am. Its extensive menu, traditional style of cooking and strong flavours keep loyal fans coming back.
Though most fitting for rainy days, any time is a good time to take comfort in a pure white Teochew porridge. In making it, the rice grains are soaked ‘til plump, making the porridge rather milky.
Pair it with any of their over 30 items in the menu. Choosing just one is tough, but if you have to, go for their signature braised duck leg, so tender it falls off the bone. Make sure to add their in-house garlic chili as it goes perfectly well.
Try also their braised bean curd which is thoroughly cooked, allowing the flavourful braising liquid to seep in.
If you like pork intestines, you’ll find theirs well cleaned and cooked well.
Price is more mid-range and portion sizes are quite filling.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
253 Jurong East Street 24 #01-205, Singapore 600253
Opening Hours: 7am – 2:30pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head is located within a coffeeshop at 253 Jurong East Street 24, right next to another food haunt of Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre.
It does not just sell Curry Fish Head, and is better known for its Steamed Fish, Zi Char fare, and of course Teochew Porridge.
The Teochew muay signature dishes here include Minced Meat with Salted Egg, Bitter Gourd Fried Egg, Prawn Paste Chicken, Braised Pig Trotters, Meat Patties with Salted Fish, Handmade Fish Cake, Braised Pork Belly and Herbal Chicken.
Auntie also recommended the fried Enoki Mushrooms in the Teochew Muay section, pointing out that ”Other stalls don’t have this”.
Uncle then commented that his favourite was the Pork Ribs cooked in lotus leaf.
Ye Lai Xiang Teochew Porridge 夜来香潮州粥
116 Bukit Merah View, #01-217, Singapore 151116
Opening Hours: 10am – 4am (Mon – Sun)
This is one stall popular with taxi uncles, as it opens early enough from 10am all the way till 4am. Also perhaps because parking is quite convenient.
Located at 116 Bukit Merah View (near Bukit Merah View Food Centre), this spreads two stalls at a Kim San Leng kopitiam with more than 50 dishes offered.
(Note: not to be confused with Ye Shang Hai which has unfortunately closed its Tampines outlet after moving.)
There is a huge range of items from braised duck, braised pig’s intestines, minced pork, preserved vegetables, lala, French beans, to steamed fish.
Not bad lah, it’s fast and quick-moving.
Teo Heng Teochew Porridge
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-27, 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Mon – Sun), Closed Sat, Sun
While it may feel like you need to gather another person or group for Teochew Porridge, Teo Heng is somewhere you can order for the individual and still very affordably.
The stall need displays its selection of items, with fishballs, fish cake, egg, tau guo bao pork, sotong, duck meat, intestines, fish and prawns. The cheaper items go for $1, while meat and seafood at $3 onwards.
Sometimes it is just very comforting to have a steamed fish, salted vegetable, and watery Teochew muay.
The intestines I had were clean-tasting, and a friend also highly recommended the white fishcake – which I agree is one of the best in Singapore.
Dip the ingredients into the blend of two chilli dips, especially the garlic and tangy side.
Kheng Nan Lee Eating House
715 Havelock Road, Singapore 169463
Tel: +65 6272 9871
Opening Hours: 7am – 2am (Mon – Sun)
Kheng Nan Lee Eating House or Lim Joo jin located at a corner shop of Havelock Road used to be quite popular among supper goes and taxi drivers.
However, its fame seemed to have declined over the years.
Cosy up with a warm bowl of rice porridge, its softened rice grains swimming in a chalky layer of water. The plain soup is comforting in its simplicity, yet ready for an adventure as you pair it with a salty or savoury side kick.
One of Lim Joo Hin’s popular dishes is its tender braised duck. With just the right amount of sweet dark sauce, and the good mix of lean meat and fat, the tender duck is served with coriander leaves.
Another match to your plain porridge is Chye Poh Egg Omelette. Mildly sweet in flavour, the omelette is filled with chye poh or Chinese sweet-salty preserved radish.
As Teochew dishes use minimal seasonings, you may kick up the flavour with a sourish chili dipping sauce with some light soy sauce.
Soon Soon Teochew Porridge Restaurant 顺顺潮州粥
13 Simon Road, Singapore 545897
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Another popular Teochew Porridge spot at Hougang (near Lola’s Cafe), Soon Soon is established in 1997 and offers over 30 dishes.
These include braised duck, sotong, pork chop, curry chicken, ginger chicken, steamed fish, Chinese spinach, minced pork, salted vegetable to the popular homemade fish cake.
Interestingly, they have also started to diversity by selling lok-lok and barbecued during late night.
And one more…
Ah Seah Eating House
31/33 Teck Chye Terrace, Singapore 545732
Tel: +65 6283 7409
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Serving Teochew porridge in Hougang since 1955, Ah Seah Teochew Porridge or Ah Seah Eating House is a heritage brand founded by Lee Huat – it was named after his nickname “Ah Seah”.
Unfortunately for fans, Ah Seah Eating House has announced that the Teochew muay eatery will be closing 19 June 2022 – that Sunday will be its last day of service.
He opened his first stall in 1964 at the former Lim Tua Tow Market and has relocated many times. Ah Seah Teochew Porridge serves its loyal customers from Teck Chye Terrance (near Kovan) the same authentic, traditional Teochew dishes.
Menu is simple with signature minced meat, mixed vegetables, braised duck and braised pork to go with their plain porridge.
Seafood dishes are aplenty, like homemade fish cake (from $1), stingray (from $3), mermaid fish (from $3), ikan bilis and chili ikan bilis (from $3), chili dry shrimp (from $5), lala (from $5), sotong (from $5), and fish head (from $5).
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