Singapore Local Food – Soon Soon Chinese Teochew Porridge Restaurant!

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Soon Soon serves great Teochew Chinese porridge in Singapore.
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For many Chinese Singaporeans, Teochew rice porridge is one of the ultimate comfort home style meals to eat. And around Singapore at many of the hawker food court centres you’ll find stalls that specializes in rice porridge and side dishes. There can be a huge range of different dishes available, most of them either stir fried or braised, and all different types of meats and fish. Some of the dishes are on the plainer side while others are more spicy or more salty. One of the top recommendations for Teochew rice porridge that I received was Soon Soon Restaurant (near Kovan MRT), and so one day for lunch, my wife and I headed over there. Luckily we just barely beat the main lunch rush before it got too busy.

Although housed in a shophouse restaurant, Soon Soon is pretty much like a hawker stand. You go up to the front of the restaurant, where all the food sits on display, and you pick and choose whatever dishes you want to order. From there, you can choose if you want the rice porridge or just a plain plate of rice to go with all of your side dishes. Many people order for takeaway, but if there’s an available table, it’s a nice restaurant to hang out for a while and enjoy a delicious lunch. There were so many different dishes to choose from that it was a bit of a tough decision, but I finally arrived to the front of the line and chose chicken in a dark sauce with shreds of ginger, eggplant with chili and garlic, long beans fried with garlic, a steamed fish, and a piece of braised tofu.

The Teochew rice porridge was a little soupy and sticky at the same time. Unlike congee which is very mushy and sticky, this rice porridge remains more individual so you can feel all the grains of rice. In Thailand this style of rice soup, known as khao tom, is also very popular. All the side dishes were as delicious as they looked, simple and tasty. The dish I really like the most was the chicken stir fried with lots of sweet and spicy ginger, that was amazing. Soon Soon Restaurant is a wonderful place in Singapore to eat Teochew Rice Porridge.

Address: 13 Simon Rd (Near Kovan)
Open hours: 8 am – 9 pm (closed on Tuesday)
Prices: All depending on how much you order, side dishes are about $4 SGD per plate
How get there: It’s about a 5 minute walk from Kovan MRT station

Thank you to all of you who recommended this place!


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