Singapore - Tiong Bahru Hawker Center Eateries
Had lunch today at the Tiong Bahru Hawker Center. Some of their better-known eateries which we patronized today:
1) Jian Bo Shui Kueh - steamed melt-in-your-mouth rice cakes, topped with piquant, salted chopped radish. Fiery chilli paste served on the side. Pretty oily but very addictive. Any hawker stall that's survived for more than 50 years here in Singapore has to be doing something right.
2) Koh Brother (not Brothers, is it because one of the original brothers' passed away?) Pig's Organ Soup - another 50-something year-old hawker stall. Now run by septuagenarian, Koh Kee Teo, and his son. One of the few stalls with a permanent queue in front of it. The soup's not as salty or as robust as before, perhaps a nod to more health-conscious Singaporean diners these days. Also missing were cubes of pig's blood - banned in Singapore nowadays. But we still have slivers of pig's stomach, large & small intestines, pork balls, pork slices, salted mustard leaves and pig's liver.
The stall also serves pig's intestinal skin stuffed with glutinous rice & chestnuts - very hard to find Teochew delicacy these days. The stall is open from early morning for breakfast (7.30am?) till lunch, or when it sells out, whichever is sooner.
3) Lao Chen Fried Carrot Cake. We ordered from this stall as it was situated closer to where we were sitting. It's very popular, although there's also the Kampong Carrot Cake stall within Tiong Bahru Hawker Center which has its own set of loyal fans. Fried carrot cake in Singapore actually referred to steamed white radish cake which is then fried with eggs & chopped salted radish, and comes in 2 versions: either with or without sweet, dark soysauce, and topped with chopped shallots. Today, we ordered the version without the sweet, dark soysauce. Good, but not exceptional.
Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre
83 Seng Poh Road
Tel: +65 6438 1663
Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup
Lao Chen Fried Carrot Cake
Tried the Shui Kueh this weekend and IT WAS GOOD! The cake was so tender and the best was the pickled vegi. And right combo with Chili too - and the same
$1 for 4 as anywhere else!
The fried carrot cake was just OK. It almost tasteD as if it has some tomato sauce in it. I like the one at second fl of Commonwealth crescent better but the guy there only does breakfirst.
Pig's blood is banned in Singapore? Do you know why?
I remember having really amazing pig organ soup a few years ago in Batam, just across the water from Singapore. It was the first time I'd tried pig's blood, and I was sold - a bit bland itself, sort of like a meaty version of tofu, and a great 'vehicle' for the broth.
Oh, pig's blood, or any animal blood for that matter, has been banned from consumption in Singapore for years and years. We used to have those cubes in yong tau fu and other dishes, but nor anymore. I think the ban is for hygiene purposes and Singapore authorities can be very sticky.
Nowadays, I have my pig's blood fix over in Malaysia or Thailand.