Porridge is what all of us naturally associate with comfort food, and Teochew porridge is something that brings back memories of family meals for many Singaporeans. If your idea of a great meal includes hot porridge with an assortment of dishes, these five Teochew Porridge spots are sure to hit the right spot!
A cheap porridge buffet in town is definitely something we can get behind. Come here for the old-timey charm, and traditional dishes. We highly recommend the braised pork belly, pig trotters and chicken curry, but you should really try to get everything if you can. At $18.80++ per adult on weekdays and $20.80++ on weekends, it’s a pretty good deal and Crystal Cafe remains a popular spot for Teochew porridge buffet in Singapore.
Best known for its Taiwan Teochew porridge, the Coffee Lounge offers tasty local fare and buffets at Goodwood Park Hotel. At $42++ per adult it’s definitely not the cheapest Teochew porridge, but you can most certainly expect above average dishes as well as some special options such as black pomfret, sesame chicken with yellow wine, wok-fried prawns and more. It’s especially worth it when the hotel is running a promotion!
We wouldn’t be surprised if you’re not familiar with The ART. Also known as The Assumption Restaurant for Training, the training restaurant helps to transform and empower students who are unable to access or complete mainstream secondary school education. Every last Friday of the month a porridge buffet is available from just $12 nett! Not only is it easy on the wallet, you’ll also be pleasantly surprised by the quality and variety of food. Expect a respectable line-up of dishes from braised items, veggies, fish and eggs!
Apologies to Teochew porridge traditionalists, but it’s only right if we include an option that will satisfy both fans and non-fans of porridge buffets! Spice Brasserie’s Asian buffet isn’t purely a porridge buffet, it’s more of a normal buffet with a decent-sized Teochew porridge counter featuring 12 dishes. You also get the regular standard buffet fare like seafood, live stations, desserts and more. Now everyone can have a satisfying buffet meal together with minimal complaints!
This stall might look unassuming from the outside, but it serves up some of the most authentic Teochew porridge one can find in Singapore. Many Teochew folks will find the dishes here very nostalgic, as though they came from mom’s kitchen. Some highlights include sweet and sour pork, minced meat with black bean sauce and Chinese cabbage. Traditional and home cooked-style is the focus here, so you won’t find non-Teochew sides.
Choon Seng has everything you would want from a Teochew porridge stall – great variety, yummy dishes and substantial portions. Although the prices lean towards the steeper side, you do get dishes such as steamed garoupa, whole crabs, and an assortment of pork cuts. Do try the braised pork belly and if you’re feeling adventurous, the pig’s head. Try to get here early, as they’re very popular and most dishes are sold out by 2pm.
Formerly Teck Teochew Porridge along Joo Chiat Road, Joo Chiat Teochew Porridge has settled into a bigger shop space in Bukit Batok. It offers a mix of Teochew porridge and tze char, with the fishes on display at front. Mainstays on the menu are their braised dishes, and the pig trotters are a must-try! Ask the uncle for off-menu items – these are made fresh in the kitchen a la tze char style.
Just a short distance away from Soon Soon Teochew Porridge, Heng Long is for those who prefer a more modern Teochew porridge spread. The variety is huge, from braised duck to chilli lala. They’re one of the most popular Teochew porridge stalls and the queue can get long sometimes. If you want to avoid the crowd or pull an all-nighter, Heng Long is open until 4am!
Singaporeans love food that is cheap and good, and Ah Seah Teochew Porridge is one of the most affordable Teochew porridge stalls around. A meal with porridge and three to four dishes will set you back just around $10 per head. We also love the old-school vibe here and side dishes that preserve many traditional Teochew cuisine elements. Make sure to get some of their braised duck!
The area around Havelock Road and Boat Quay was once home to many Teochew immigrants Today, this historical enclave houses a small stretch of traditional Teochew food along Havelock Road, and Lim Joo Hin is one of them. They’ve proved to be so popular some of their celebrity customers include Andy Lau and Chow Yuen Fatt! The food is great, but prices can be a bit expensive due to their ‘celebrity’ status.