This is no classy chinese restaurant nor some famous hawker centre, but this kopitiam is always bustling with people in the morning. Tables are usually filled with families of different generations coming together to catch up over breakfast. Yet you will notice that most tables are empty for a long period of time. So what are they waiting for? From sliced pork to century egg and chicken porridge, this stall sells traditional porridge that could give others a run for their money. A regular patron since as a child, the sliced pork porridge here is a notch above other versions that I’ve ever tried.
Served with chopped coriander, fried shallots, cut you tiao and a dash of soya sauce, this is breakfast for champions. The rice grains are cooked into a smooth gruel, perfect for the tummy in the morning. In addition to the tender pork slices, little balls of minced meat and liver slices, be sure to ask to add an egg into the porridge for the extra creaminess and oomph. Lying hidden at the bottom of the bowl, use the spoon to scoop up the egg yolk and mix it well with the porridge to find a delectable cream-coloured mixture.
If you’re around the north, particularly Yishun, pop by the neighbourhood to try out the porridge. Beware though, waiting time could reach up to an hour. But hopefully, you will realise that the wait is worth it, every single time.
Hai Xian Zhu Zhou
Blk 233 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore