Friday, March 02, 2007
Post CNY Guilt-Free Food
So CNY was filled with nian gao, pineapple tarts, kueh lapis, love letters, cornflake cookies, sugee cookies, cashewnut cookies, sweet drinks blah blah blah. Good once-a-year fun. But post CNY and people start to count back calories (Too late. Don't bother.), worry about that dreaded visit to the doctor and all the damage that the influx of fats, sugar and cholesterol has done. The increased number of female joggers in NTU might be a good indicator.
What do you do? No, please discard the Slim10. One starts to subconsciously eat healthier, cutting back on fatty stuff and opting for more cheng(light) foods. Porridge comes to mind (as usual) and that was what I had for dinner at this kopitiam(coffeeshop) in Joo Jiat.
I've heard quite a bit of Soon Teck Teochew Porridge but on my visit there, I found nothing that fantastic. It could be because they were just 30 minutes to closing and so there were not much food left. I saw a few duck heads hanging by the display window but they had ran out of duck as well as Chai Poh Omelette. Alas.
What my family and I ordered for four persons that night were Sotong(Squid)($6), Bittergourd($3), La La(clams)($3), Salted Duck's Egg ($1.50 for two), Tau Guah(70 cents) and Tau Kee(Beancurd Sheet) with Stewed Peanuts($3). Each bowl of porridge costs just 30 cents. The auntie didn't agree to give me a bigger bowl so I had to keep ordering repeatedly for my six bowls of porridge.
The food was'nt bad and was pretty cheap too. And it felt nice to eat something less greasy and less rich after all the festive gorging. But I should re-visit earlier the next time.
Soon Teck Teochew Porridge
304 Joo Chiat Road
Opens Daily 10am-10pm.
Closed on Alternate Saturdays.
Chew On This: Mr Chia, the owner, has been selling Teochew Porridge since he was 10 years old. The recipes he used are handed down from his father.