Classic homely comfort food. That is what a simple bowl of porridge embodies. In Singapore you would find stalls aplenty - in coffeeshops, hawker centres and food courts alike, serving a colourful array of dishes spread across the display counter. While you can choose to have steamed rice to go with the dishes you pick, most offer porridge as an alternative for something to warm your stomach with.
About a quarter of a bowl of Teochew porridge is made up of what is know as 'porridge water'. The rice grains are cooked with A LOT of water. When ready, the porridge grains are still intact, as opposed to Cantonese porridge which is prepared with a lesser amount of water, making the porridge texture starchy. Teochew porridge is also often cooked with sweet potatoes. No seasoning is used in cooking Teochew porridge, hence flavourful dishes to go well with it.
While there are usually more than 20 side dishes to choose from, the few must-haves to pair with Teochew porridge include salted eggs, preserved vegetables, braised pork belly, steamed pomfret, dried shrimp and steamed peanuts.
With so many braised, fried, steamed and stir-fried dishes to choose from, it's always great to have a Teochew porridge meal with a group of friends or family so you could order a wider variety of dishes to share. A meal would set you back at about $4 to $12 per person - fish dishes usually cost more.
Some places to recommend for Teochew porridge:
1. Ye Shang Hai Teochew Porridge
55 Lengkok Bahru, #01-387, Singapore 151055
2. Heng Long Teochew porridge
1006 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534744
3. Crystal Cafe (porridge buffet)
131 Killiney Road, Singapore 239571