Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge or Havelock Teochew Porridge do have some good dishes to go with the bowl of porridge, price may be on the high side but definitely a good spot to savour some authentic Teochew dishes.
Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge 瓊南利潮洲粥
Havelock Road – a place where I used to visit during my childhood, this was where my beloved granny stayed few decades ago. Time flies, Grandma has gone and everything has changed so drastically that it left no trace of the foot print, a new look has completely taken over the familiar scene in my memory….
Back to Havelock Road was to search for one of the most famous Teochew porridge in town, Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge or better known as Havelock Teochew Porridge which is located here. As an authentic Teochew, the steaming hot classic comfort food is closed to my heart, a bowl of watery porridge and a few simple dishes can always be so satisfying.
Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge is one of the seven restaurants located at the ground floor of the the HDB block, interestingly, most of them are serving Teochew food as well, so if you are craving for some Teochew food, you have plenty of choices here. Come back to the food, we opted the following dishes to go with the porridge:
Assam Ikan Terubok 刺壳魚 $10.0
Ikan Terubuk – also known as toli shad or Chinese herring, it is a bony fish and is cooked with assam and preserved vegetable for more than ten hours, the long hours cooking helped to soften the bone and you can eat it without worrying the bone get stuck in your throat, it is very similar of eating the canned sardines fish.
Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge is heavy-handed with assam in this dish, sourness from the assam was way overwhelming and texture of the fish was hard, seriously, we don’t really know how to appreciate this dish.
Braised Duck $10.0
Teochew usually has a good handle of braised duck and the sliced braised duck was tender and flavourful.
Mixed Cabbage $3.0
The cabbage was cooked with vermicelli and according to the lady boss, no seasoning was added and the taste was the pure extraction of the sweetness from the cabbage during cooking. We do not know if this is the spirit of retaining the original taste or for healthy reason? But for a more tangy taste, can add a little salt next time?
Beancurd skin $4.0
Braised beancurd skin has to be soft in texture and we found here.
Hae Bee Hiam (Spicy Dried Shrimp Sambal) $4.0
The Hae Bee Hiam or Spicy Dried Shrimp Sambal is a must order for us whenever the dish is on the display. The Hae Bee Hiam here was more towards the less common browny colour compared to the usual chili red we used to. Not too appealing at first but taste wise was surprisingly good. It will be ideal if sugar level can be reduced and spicier for this versatile condiment dish.
Fish cake $4.0
The fish cake has a unique soft texture compared to the firm and bouncy fishcakes we used to eat elsewhere. We were told it is intentionally to make the fishcake texture soft to differentiate themselves from others; they used only 100 percent fish paste without adding any flour and only light beating to maintain the texture. Taste is good and texture can be subjective.
Chye Poh omelette $4.0
We like Chye Poh or preserved radish to be a medley of sweet and salty mixture in this dish, however, only saltiness was present and that result in less ideal to the overall taste.
Stir-fried Leek $3.0
Nice sweetness from the stir-fried leek.
Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge or Havelock Teochew Porridge do have some good dishes to go with the bowl of porridge, price may be on the high side but definitely a good spot to savour some authentic Teochew dishes. It is also an ideal place for the night clubbers looking a place for supper with its late-night opening hours – till the early hours.
Kheng Nan Lee Teochew Porridge
A: 715/717 Havelock Road. Singapore 169643
T: 6272 9871
H: Fridays, Saturdays & Public Holidays from 11am to 5am; Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 4am