Thursday, March 3, 2022

Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guan Chang : the heritage dish

This stall has been around for over 90 years in Singapore and this family business is currently managed by the third generation. Their items are quite standard and have lesser varieties. Most items are still handmade like Ngoh Hiang, Pork Liver Roll, Egg Cake, and Guan Chang. Other add-on items are the Prawn Fritters, Tau Kwa, Fishabll, and Century Egg.

Guan Chang, is known as 灌肠 in Chinese, it is the Chinese style sausage, handmade traditionally. The lean pork is marinated with red coloring then filled in the sausage casings that are made of animal intestines which explained why it is called Guan Chang, the meaning is "filled intestine". It does not have a distinctive taste and it is usually eaten with the provided dipping sauces. Ngor Hiang, also known as Wu Xiang, is the meat roll. Its size is shorter, thinner, and smaller with lean pork and fat, well-seasoned with five spices, wrapped in beancurd skin. 

The Pork Liver Roll is a Hokkien creation. The chunks of liver together with Koo Chai are wrapped together in the beancurd skin then deep-fried. The Egg Cake is another interesting item. My dining companion kept telling me it reminded him of a certain butter cake. The Prawn Fritters are made from a batter with bean sprouts and it is usually made upon order to give it its crunchiness. The usually pink gooey sauce is in deeper color here, almost like a dark red. Its taste is slightly sweeter and not spicy as compared to the chilli sauce. 

This is definitely one of those heritage dishes that has been decades old. Hopefully, they will still be around for decades to come. China Street Fritter is another famous stall selling almost the same items in this food centre. 

1 Kadayanallur Street #01-97 Maxwell Food Centre SINGAPORE 069184
Operating Hours: 11.30 am to 6.00 pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

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