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Heng Long Teochew Porridge 兴隆潮洲糜 – Pricey but Quality Food
The Straits Time reported about four customers who were upset with their “pricey” bill at Heng Long Teochew Porridge, vented their anger by flipping the table they were dining on and wrecked the place with chairs, smashed glass panels at the food display counter during the early hour and rendered the stall to close for a cleanup. However, the episode did not deter us from visiting the place at night and fortunately, business was back to norm.
Heng Long Teochew Porridge is located at Hougang, an estate that used to be populated with Teochews and good Teochew kuek, muay and fish soup etc can be found in the precinct.
We have tried the nearby Soon Soon Teochew porridge and Heng Long Teochew Porridge is another popular porridge outlet in this vicinity.
Heng Long Teochew Porridge only starts business at 6pm and runs till the morning wee hours, so it is a good place for those looking for a place for late night supper. An ordinary coffeeshop setup but overall environment is clean and tidy.
We reached there at 6pm sharp so all dishes were fresh. The variety is extensive and you will be overwhelmed with more than sixty dishes, from typical Teochew steamed fish, braised meat, veggies to seafood and preserved food.
We ordered the cabbage, braised bean curd skin or tau kee, salted egg, hei-bee haim or fried minced dried shrimp with chili, fishcake and stingray with two bowls of porridge for $18. The price is at the higher side for Teochew porridge but at least we didn’t flip the table and smash the glass panel.
All the dishes were tasty and cooked to the right texture; none of the dishes we ordered is being labeled as below the standard.
The bowl of plain porridge was cooked with good quality rice grain though the texture could be made softer for a more pleasing bite.
Of course, the Teochew porridge here has evolved as well. In fact, the originality and authenticity of a traditional Teochew porridge and dishes have slowly diminished. Many of the dishes on display here are definitely not the mainstream choices of the Teochew cuisine, it is apparent the line of traditional and evolution has become more vague and nebulous, a reality we have to accept to suit the changing needs.
Heng Long Teochew Porridge may be perceived as expensive compared to many other Teochew porridge stalls around, but from the quality aspect, you can expect an enjoyable, subtle Teochew porridge.
Heng Long Teochew Porridge 兴隆潮洲糜
A: 1006 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534744
H: 6pm – 4.30am daily