Saturday, July 11, 2009
Ah Chiang's Traditional Charcoal Porridge
After being given the tip for this place (65 Tiong Poh Road #01-38, 6557-0084), I was told to keep it a secret, but I liked it so much that I just can't keep my mouth shut. Besides, these guys have already expanded into other locations in Geylang and Toa Payoh, so clearly they have already acheived a popular following. I doubt that a mention of it here is really going to change things.
Anyway, as the name suggests, this place specializes in all sorts of porridge. And they do it the proper Cantonese way, where the grains of rice are pulverized into an unrecognizable goop. Oddly, my fish porridge came out unseasoned, thus requiring me to play around with the soy sauce and white pepper quite a bit in order to bring out the taste. But the pork porridge was full of flavor already.
One must be wondering why the photo above is not porridge then. That's because the thing that I liked more than the porridge was the yu sheng, which came out in paper thin slices and garnished with just the right things, including a healthy dose of sesame oil. Strangely, it was lacking soy sauce too, but with a bottle sitting tableside, it wasn't hard to sprinkle a few drops on. I liked this so much that I immediately went back for two more plates, instantly making this one of my favorite things in town.
Digested at 11:28 AM
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