Hailing from the Teochew province, Pig’s organ soup or what is locally known as “zhu zha tang 猪什汤” is the quintessential comfort soup that warms not only our innards, but also our hearts. Images of this soup hearken memories of an era past, where good soups were not only nutritional but economical–making the most of every part of the animal.
It is also reminiscent of a time where soups were lovingly brewed. Making the soup, for instance, is sheer heart work (pun intended). First, the thorough cleaning of the offal to rid it of its pungent smell is not for the squeamish and faint-hearted.
Next, the gruelling hours of patient boiling over the stove to yield a cloyingly-rich pork bone broth with the immersed flavours of pickled mustard vegetables. Waiting is a feat in itself. But good things come to those who wait. The spicy hit of the peppercorns explode into our senses and is a satisfying reward. The soup is sweet and delightful and the wonderful marriage of flavours–heavenly.
Here are some of our best picks for savoring this 5 best local pig’s organ soup
#1 Ri Tao Fu Teochew Pig’s Organ Soup
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Nestled in the heart of the Jalan Kukoh market and hawker centre, this pig’s organ soup is subtle and light on the palette. Less intense and darker in colour than the typical clear broths, the soup tastes milder but still fragrantly sweet and satisfying.
The portion of offal was hearty and generously served while the collagen-filled pig’s skin had a very soft jelly-like texture that almost melts in the mouth smoothly.
Ri Tao Fu Teochew Pig’s Organ Soup:1 Jalan Kukoh, #01-11 Jalan Kukoh Market and Hawker Centre, Singapore 161001 |Monday – Saturday: 1015am – 9pm, closed on Sunday and Public Holidays
#2 Jin Ding Xiang Pig Organ Soup
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You will find Jin Ding Xiang located amongst the first row of stalls as you enter into the food centre from Kovan MRT station.
The rich bone broth is brewed for hours over the stove and is light and peppery. Thrown into the soup are the highlights of pig’s liver, intestines, stomach, tender pieces of pork meat, three-layer pork belly, meatballs, and tofu cubes. Noteworthy are the traditionally-stuffed intestines which are sheer hard work to assemble and which require dexterity and skill in ensuring the intestine is cleaned from the inside out then filled with glutinous rice to make it “pig”-ture perfect.
Jin Ding Xiang Pig’s Organ Soup: 209 ;Hougang Street 21, #01-08 Kovan Hougang Market and Food Centre, Singapore 530209 | Open daily 11am – 11pm
#3 Ah Keat Pig’s Organ Soup and Kway Chup
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Ah Keat Pig’s Organ Soup is immensely popular among the Woodlands crowd and the stall’s pig’s organ soup or kway chap, is a highly recommended dish. The chilli has a good kick (think chicken rice chilli) and enhances the already generously portioned bowl of goodness. Look out for the three-layered belly pork that accompanies it.
Ah Keat Pig’s Organ Soup: 221 Marsiling Crescent, Lucky Star Eating House, Singapore 730211 | Opens daily 7am – 9pm, closed on every fortnight on Wednesday
#4 Pig’s Organ Soup. Bak Kut Teh. Kway Chap
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It’s easy to miss this nondescript looking stall with no specific name or signboard to front it. The store is at the corner of this little coffee shop called “Huang Restaurant”.
The pork bone soup and salted vegetable broth are enhanced with the sweetness of celery stalks which ramps up its flavour into a nourishing brew. Despite their moderate portions, the pig stomach retains its chewiness and freshness, together with the meatballs, lean pork slices.
Pig’s Organ Soup. Bak Kut Teh. Kway Chap: Block 848 Yishun street 81, Huang’s Restaurant, Singapore 760848 | Tuesday Sunday 930am – 9pm, closed on Monday
#5 Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup
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Cheng Mun Chee Kee is a household name in Pig’s Organ Soup. Diners continue to pack its four walls and crowds are still dense late nights for supper.
One huge draw is the fact that they entertain soup refills until their diners are fully satisfied. That’s a major plus point which pleases the crowd. A regular bowl ($4) contains a hearty host of ingredients: innards, lean meat, meatballs, tofu, salted vegetable, pork belly, stomach, and liver. The large bowl ($6) packs in small intestine and kidney on top of the mentioned ingredients.
The side dishes like the black vinegar pig trotters ($6), steam minced meat with chestnut ($2) will also tempt your taste buds. Pull along a friend or two so that you can try more food on their menu.
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