The first time when i came across Fried Porridge was in Penang which i did not get to try. Then, i heard about this particular Fried Porridge when they were still at Machperson but again, i did not get to try. There were many reviews about this Fried Porridge on the net that got me really curious and finally made an effort to try it at their current location at Foch Road, which is at Lavender and near to Jalan Besar.
I went on a Sunday, it was not too crowded in the coffee shop though there was a short queue for the supposedly famous roasted meat stall there. I decided to try their signature Fried Porridge and also Seafood Horfun, i was charged $14.00 for both and have to pay right at the counter after ordering.
The Fried Porridge came first, though it is the smallest portion that i ordered but it was good for 2 pax. It is done the same way of frying rice or even noodle, the already cooked porridge is then stir-fried in a wok over a relatively high fire using a ladle to keep tossing in a fast motion repeatedly and rather quickly. When is done, it is then served in a claypot to keep it warm and garnished with chopped spring onions and dried shallots.
It might not quite look like it but it tasted much better than expected. The texture is not as mushy but much thicker then the plain porridge and rather flavorful. You could actually taste bits of dried shrimps, dried squids and fried pork lards that contributed to its intensified flavor. Even though i have yet to try another one to have a comparison but this one is good enough to get me going back. If you happen to know another Fried Porridge in Singapore, do leave me a message as i am interested to try for comparison purpose.
The Seafood Horfun came next. I did not take notice of its price when placing the order earlier but if the total cost for both items is $14.00 and the smallest portion of Fried Porridge is $6.00 then the Seafood Horfun should be at $8.00. If it is so then its value did not quite justify the price charged. It was served in a substantial portion with ingredients like sliced fish, prawns and squids with some greens. I could taste the distinctive wok taste from those nicely charred fried horfun and unlike most other horfun that is usually missing the wok taste. It is indeed getting harder to come across a really good horfun these days and though this might not be the best ever tasted but it is not too bad.
I am likely to try other dishes when i come by again for their Fried Porridge.
ROYAL J'S SEAFOOD
30 Foch Road #01-02 Hotel 81 Elegance SINGAPORE 209276
Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 2.30 pm / 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm (Daily)