Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tian Ji Porridge, Maxwell Food Centre
Maxwell Food Centre in Singapore has a couple of fairly popular Chinese porridge shops: Zhen Zhen and Ho Kee. But there was a third porridge shop that was always closed whenever I went there, and yet the stall's signboard was consistently there over the years, so it seemed like it was still in business all of this time. It only dawned on me recently that perhaps this was one of those places that was only open in the morning. Today I was up early enough that I figured I had a good chance to prove my hypothesis.
Surely enough, stall number 13 was open...and I got there just in the nick of time too. I pretty much got their last serving for the day before they shut down - and this was just after 8 AM! They definitely did things differently from the other guys: the portions were much smaller, and yet it was full of flavor...and in the smooth creamy consistency that I like too. The yu sheng in the background similarly had only a few thin slices of fish under that pile of lettuce, but the combination of cilantro, fried shallots, and oil made those few pieces of fish a delight to eat. A Straits Times story that I just dug up confirmed that they are only open from around 5 AM - 9 AM, so I guess the early bird really does get the worm.
Digested at 8:57 AM
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