Sunday, July 28, 2019

Sin Heng Kee Porridge : their new stall in Ang Mo Kio

The popular Sin Heng Kee Porridge from Hougang has opened a stall in a coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio. I happened to be there on their opening day. When I stood in front of the stall, the stall assistant asked, "Have you eaten before?" I replied, "This is the same one from Hougang?" She pointed to an elderly lady seated at the table in front of the stall and said, "Do you recognize her? She is the cashier at Hougang." 

This is confirmed by Kash Chee, he is managing the outlets at Junction Nine and Chong Pang that this is indeed their newest stall. They started their first outlet in Hougang then expanded to include Junction 9 and Chong Pang followed by this stall. The usual waiting time at Hougang is about 30 minutes or longer. My regular order is their Signature Porridge ($5.00) with egg ($0.50) or with You Tiao ($1.00), Chinese doughnut stick. I was given a number tag and asked to take a seat.

The stall is currently managed by their head chef, an elderly uncle. The Signature Porridge consists of a ton of ingredients like the meatballs, small intestine, liver, meatballs, sliced fish, sliced meat, and century egg topped with chopped spring onion and dried shallots. I stirred a little, to mix the egg with the porridge then added in the light soy sauce and a dash of pepper. It tasted like the classic Cantonese style porridge, the portion was generous and the texture was gooey, smooth with a light fragrance of sesame oil. This is one of the better ones around.

The lady at the stall has left quite an impression as she is particularly attentive. I handed her a $10 note and she used both hands to receive it. And, when she handing back the change, she placed it firmly in your palm especially those coins to make sure you would not drop it. I ever saw her talking to an elderly lady in a wheelchair. She went to her table to take the order, though the table is a distance from the stall. She stood close to her, bent a little, talking softly close to her ears and making suggestions to help decide on what she wants to eat. Such a service is so heartwarming. 

Block 122 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 SINGAPORE 560122
Operating Hours: 7.00 am to 3.00 pm

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