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What: Sliced fish porridge with salted egg ($5)
Where: Sin Heng Kee Porridge, #01-33 Junction Nine, 18 Yishun Avenue 9
Porridge is one of the unlikeliest foods I would have for a meal. It's usually too bland for my palate - I often end up turning the white dish grey-brown with pepper and soy sauce.
But the porridge at Sin Heng Kee needs no condiments. Okay, I eat mine with pepper and chilli padi but that's only for the fiery kick.
Each bowl of porridge here comes with a dash of sesame oil drizzled on top, and I feel that's enough for most people because the porridge is very flavourful.
It's so addictive I go for a weekly dose at the branch in my now-(in)famous estate of Yishun, at Junction Nine mall.
There are 30 preset combinations, but you can play around with the ingredients they have. There are side dishes such as youtiao (fried dough fritters) and abalone.
At my last visit, I ordered Sliced Fish Porridge ($4) with an addition of salted egg ($1).
The porridge was as delicious as ever, with generous portions of salted egg and fat chunks of fresh dory fish. I also liked the thick consistency, which I suspect is not the same for every flavour - the Signature Porridge and Seafood Porridge I had before were more watery, though the taste was not compromised.
For those who're afraid to go to Yishun, Sin Heng Kee has another outlet - its flagship - at Block 685, Hougang Street 61. It's also on Deliveroo!