Geylang is famous (as well as notorious hehe) for a couple of things. In terms of food, Frog Porridge is one of the popular food around here that is greatly enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. So it isn’t surprising that this food managed to venture into neighboring countries. One of the them – Geylang Lor 9 has taken advantage on the food’s popularity and now they have chained restaurants in Indonesia, China, Taiwan and also at SS2, Petaling Jaya.
OK before you go “ewwww, frog legs. yucks” on me, let me just say that frog leg is an absolute delicacy if they are well-prepared to remove any bad smell. Once you get over the mental factor you would certainly appreciate it. The flesh is smooth, tastes sweet and contrary to popular beliefs, no it doesn’t taste like chicken at all.
The plain porridge is available in three sizes S/M/L priced at RM3/4/5 respectively. Taste wise it was nothing really different from any other porridges – plain and regular. You could add some sesame oil or white pepper for extra seasoning if you want but I recommend using the gravy from the frog legs arriving later.
Also, do note the porridge has a very thick texture to the extent of being quite lumpy and gluey. So if this is not the kind of porridge you fancy then you should very well know what to do lah.
For some people frogs are considered an exotic food. They don’t look exactly cute nor tasty to begin with lol, and heck do they give you the creeps when they hop towards your direction – especially those tiny ones.
But I grown up chasing and playing with them in my house’s backyard, and my father used to take away Kung Pao Frog Legs from restaurants as additional dish when we had dinner. Suffice to say it has became one of our favorite dishes.
So when I knew that Frog Leg Porridge is a popular food in Singapore, I thought to myself it wasn’t really that special since I had it since small, just that I never had it with porridge before that’s all. But one day we went to Geylang in the afternoon for food hunt and what a bad decision! Most of the restaurants and stalls were closed and would only open during evening.
And it so happened that Eminent Frog Porridge was near to us at that time, and they also had the earliest opening hours at 5pm. So you can say that we settled to eat at Eminent simply because we were out of options.
We were pleasantly surprised to know that Eminent was having ‘buy 2 get 1 free‘ for $16 and ‘buy 3 get 1 free‘ for $22 promotions. Because 1 frog already cost $8, it is only logical you order more than that to enjoy the worthy promotion. We ordered a small porridge @ $2 and 2 claypots of frogs @ $32 cooked in dried chili and spring onion styles.
Honestly, I did not harbor too high expectations from the moment we sat down. We didn’t even know if Eminent was good. But it didn’t take us long to change our minds because the combination of porridge and claypot frog was delicious! The porridge had a nice thick consistency but tasteless. So it had to depend on the cooked frogs for flavor, which they delivered well especially the Kung Pao one.
It’s been more than a year since I visited Hon Kee 汉记靓粥 for their famous porridge. How time flies. I remembered my first time eating there. SL brought me there for breakfast on the day I traveled back to Penang for my new job. Now, I am back to Cyberjaya and it’s my turn to be the guide – my parents came down to KL for a short visit not long ago and I brought them to here. They liked it!
Hon Kee was still as busy as ever so do come early if you want to have a nice seat. We were early, but weren’t so fortunate to get a table at the stall. Because of that we had to sit on the other side of the road near the ikan bakar stall, which was kinda deserted and dark (even for a morning).
I think the Raw Snakehead Fish Porridge (Sang Yu Zhuk) here is the nicest.. Click here to continue reading >
For those who want to try something different in steamboat rather than using the usual clear broth or tomyam soup for the soup base, porridge steamboat might be a good alternative. It is not something new in Selangor/KL, but it was new for me from Penang. The first time I tried [tag]porridge steamboat[/tag] was a few years ago in Eastern Delight @ Sri Petaling and it was great! For this post, I didn’t go to Sri Petaling though, I went to Farmland Porridge Steamboat Restaurant in Serdang instead, which shares the same level of popularity with the former.
Farmland serves [tag]steamboat[/tag] sets and ala carte items can be ordered separately as add-ons. A two-person mixed set that comes with some seafood, vegetables, meat balls, dumplings and fish noodles cost RM27.80. The portion wasn’t too big but it should be enough to satisfy two average eaters.