The weather has been rather chilling this few days, dropping to as low as 22 degree celsius. This is rather rare in Singapore. With just a cooling weather, it is perfect for a bowl of porridge to warm the body. This brought me to Hwa Yuen Porridge (华园粥品) at Tiong Bahru Food Centre.
Mixed Pig's Organ Soup 4/5
I am not sure how long Hwa Yuen Porridge (华园粥品) has been operating but it seems that it dated back to the old Tiong Bahru market days, which means it has over 50 years of history. From my research online, it seems that after the founder has passed away, the younger son has taken over the stall at Tiong Bahru while the the elder one has moved on to open Tiong Bahru Wah Yuen Porridge at Telok Blangah Drive.
The porridge here is the Cantonese congee style, which is smooth and creamy type. I had the Mix Pig's Organ Soup ($4) which comes with pig's offal, pork slices and pork balls. It is sprinkled with chopped spring onions and topped with fried rice vermicelli strips for the extra crunch. It may looked rather plain but the congee has been seasoned and quite tasty, there is no need to add any addition soy sauce etc.
Due to the Group B streptococcus (GBS) bacteria outbreak in 2016, National Environment Agency (NEA) has banned food outlets from sell raw freshwater fish which is usually eaten with porridge. With the new regulation, Hwa Yuen has also taken it off the menu. It is actually quite a pity because it means the lost of hawker dish from our food scene.
Hwa Yuen Porridge (华园粥品)
Tiong Bahru Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line), Outram (EW Line, NE Line)
Daily: 7am - 11pm
1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Head east on Tiong Bahru Road towards Jalan Membina. Walk down Tiong Bahru and turn right onto Kim Pong Road. Turn left onto Lim Liak Street. Walk to end of Lim Liak Street and turn right onto Seng Poh Road. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Outram MRT station. Take Exit A or C. Walk to bus stop opposite Outram MRT station (Stop ID 06011). Take bus no. 33, 63, 75, 851 or 970. Alight 1 stop later at Blk 55 Tiong Bahru Road. Continue on Tiong Bahru Road and turn left onto Seng Poh Road. Continue on Seng Poh Road until destination. Journey time 8 minutes. [Map]