20 August 2011
Teochew Porridge - Xu Jun Sheng (Long Ji) Chao Zhou Mei Shi
Xu Jun Sheng (Long Ji) Chao Zhou Mei Shi (许俊盛潮州美食)
Venue: 121 Joo Chiat Road, S'427410
Contact: 6348 0973 / 9847 2946 / 9030 8600
Opening Hours: Mon–Sat: 11am–3.30pm, 5.30pm–9pm, Sun: 10.30am–3.30pm Closed on Wed)
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- The Shop
This non air-conditioned Teochew Porridge and Tze Char place is formely from 59 Joo Chiat Place. They are now located in a nondescript shophouse kopitiam along Joo Chiat ROAD, the same stretch as Joo Chiat Complex.
With more than 60-years of history, this place have a lot of pure Teochew cooking such as the house specialities including steamed red snapper ($20 - $25), braised pork trotters ($6), cold crab brimming with creamy golden roe (around $14 each, depending on season), braised duck ($15) and whitebait omelette ($6).
They takes reservations and takeaway orders too. Simply give them a call at least 30min in advance at 6348 0973 to save time on waiting for takeaway orders.
- The Food
Braised Platter @ $8
This succulent braised platter consists of braised pig small & large intestines, bean curbs (taupo) and fried beancurd skin (taukee). A thicker gravy will make it more prefect.
Pork Trotters (Tendon/Thigh) @ $6
The meat is tender but I felt that the gravy is not rich and gelatinous enough. I still prefer those distinctive and strong flavour from the copious amounts of vinegar used.
Stir-fried Kang Kong with Sambal @ $7
We had order Sweet Potatoes Leaves with Sambal but none of us realize it was a wrong dish as we were too concentrate shooting the food. LOLz.
The veggie is crunchy but nothing spectacular. The sambal is not spicy and there is missing flavours from the dried prawns.
Traditional Prawn Roll (Ngoh Hiang) @ $6
Crispy on the outside with generous filling on the inside. I heard they use Pork Mesentary to wrap the prawn rolls, no wonder it's so tasty.
Teochew Style Prawns with Beancurd @ $15
This is not exactly a Teochew dish but it's Ooh la la. The gravy that bathes the big fresh prawns and tofu is very addictive. It goes so well with with both the grainy porridge and rice.
Steamed Mullet @ Seasonal Price
Don't be deceive by the plain look that is only garnish with coriander. The flesh is tender smooth and so fresh that you’ll taste the delicate and sweet flavor of the fish.
To me, steamed fish taste more satisfying than fried fish but you will probably find it bland if you prefer more flavourful taste.
Preserved Radish Omelette @ $5
The preserved radish omelette (also known as Chai Poh Omelette (菜脯卵)) was another winner. The preserved radishes give a good crunch to the omelette and it's not overly salty.
7 of us spend $80 on a total bill with 7 drinks.
- My Opinion
If you are craving for authentic Teochew muay, this is the place.
The variety and the quality of the dishes have reasonable price if you stay away from the seasonal seafood. Having said that, most Tze Char stall do not serve fresh seafood with the same amount paid. Plus you pay a higher price for a quality fresh seafood at restaurant.
The dishes may look simple but they are mostly delicious and it's much better than those Geylang Teochew Porridge.
The Yam Paste (or nee - $2) crowned with pumpkin mash & gingko nuts receive a lot of good review. But sadly, we didn't order that.
Lastly, thank you Charlene for inviting us to this August Makan gathering. It has been a fulfilling lunch filled with interesting and juicy gossip.
Update as of 31 Apr 14
Xu Jun Sheng will close on 14 Apr due to Manpower issue and owners are getting too old to run the place. Quickly enjoy one of the best teochew muay in Singapore before they close!