Top 10 Best Congee in Singapore
Everybody has a specific dish they brand as solace food, however, congee is an unquestionable leader for the classification. Not like Teochew porridge, which depends on a collection of side dishes to dress its tastelessness, Cantonese congee is healthy and soul-warming. Tropika Club aggregated rankings or “ranking of rankings” compared from the following sources to further ascertain the final rankings. This is further refined using the TripAdvisor rankings to decide between the position in case there is a tie. Read on to find out where are the Top 10 Best Congee in Singapore.
1. Zhen Zhen Porridge
Introduction: For over 30 years, Zhen Zhen Porridge at Singapore’s Maxwell Food Centre has been serving rice porridge, or congee, a comfort food popular for breakfast. It’s really popular at any time of the day. You can find congee at restaurants and hawker centres all across the city, but none seem to do it better than Zhen Zhen Porridge.
Offerings: The menu at Zhen Zhen Porridge was simple. Porridge with the options of fish, chicken, and century eggs. Each bowl of porridge came in three sizes: small (S$3 ), medium (S$4), and large (S$5 or).
Location: Maxwell Food Centre1 Kadayanallur St, #01-54, Singapore 069184
2. Sin Heng Kee
Introduction: Sin Heng Kee specializes in congee. Not just any congee, but the extremely thick and gooey kind that can only be achieved from hours and hours of boiling. The brand currently has two outlets – the original one at Hougang Street 61 and its new branch at Yishun Avenue 9.
Offerings: Sin Heng Kee has quite several congees available– fish, pork, century egg, frog legs, etc. Price for each bowl of congee starts from $4 onward, the addition of an egg at $0.50. The stall sells fried dough fritters at $0.80 a packet too.
Location: Hougang branch 685 Hougang Street 61 #01-150 / YISHUN branch BLK 101 YISHUN AVE 5 #01-19/21 CHONG PANG (5.84 km)530685 / 760101 Singapore
Contact: +65 9118 1569
3. Ah Chiang’s Porridge
Introduction: Ah Chiang’s Porridge operates out of a coffee shop at the junction of Tiong Poh Road and Seng Poh Road, which also sells bean curd. It is an old school breakfast kind of place. The porridge stall opens from 6 am. Ah Chiang’s Porridge is an unpretentious place. The furnishing is functional. There is an indoor sitting area as well as tables out by the roadside under an awning. There is no air-conditioning.
Offerings: Ah Chiang’s Porridge is essentially Cantonese style congee with pork, fish, seafood or century egg. There are also chicken porridge and vegetarian porridge or porridge with a combination of the various ingredients. A fair range of side dishes is on the menu. Try out their signature Minced Pork Porridge ($4) and a Century Egg Pork Porridge ($5.50). Each bowl of porridge arrived they looked plain and simple. The rice grains had been cooked to a smooth creamy consistency. The porridge was not too watery and had a nice fluffy and starchy texture. Even without any other ingredients, the porridge was tasty with just a drizzle of sesame oil. Soya sauce and pepper could be added to taste. With the egg and other ingredients stirred in, each bowl of porridge was a helping of gooey goodness. It was simple comfort food that was tasty and delightful.
Location: Blk 65 Tiong Poh Road #01-38Singapore 160065
Other outlets at(Toa Payoh)190 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, S310190
(JEM)#B1-40, JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, S608549
Contact: +65 6557 0084
4. Mui Kee Congee Singapore
Introduction: Mui Kee started as a dai pai tong (street stall) in 1979 before moving to its also no-frills stall in Mongkok. This SG branch is a partnership with the F&B veteran group, whose chairman is a big fan of the porridge in HK. Behind every bowl of Mui Kee congee lies a heritage as rich as its flavour. Its humble origins date back to 1979 where founder Mak Mui opened Mui Kee in a small corner stall in Mong Kok, Hong Kong. Today, Mui Kee is owned by her grandson Ah Tung. Using recipes and cooking techniques which have been passed down through three generations, every scoop of silky smooth congee is filled with old school ingenuity.
Offerings: There are 16 varieties of congee, mod rice rolls (only available for lunch), noodles, clay pot dishes (only available for dinner), appetisers, sides and desserts. The classic range of congee includes Sliced Parrot Fish Belly, Homemade Pork Meatballs, Pig’s Innards (livers and intestine), Sliced Beef and Pork with Century Egg priced at $7.80 onwards. Premium range of congee such as Alaskan Crab Legs, Hokkaido Scallops and Braised Abalone is also available at $16 – $20.
Location: 1 Scotts Rd, #01 – 12, Singapore 228208
Contact: +65 6737 2422
5. Chai Chee Pork Porridge
Introduction: Located in Tampines Round Market and Food Centre on Tampines Street 11, Chai Chee Pork Porridge (Tampines) serves congee dishes. Known to be a comforting, go-to breakfast item, most porridge stalls in Singapore are open as soon as the sun rises and some close as early as noon. Several hawker stalls serve delightful bowls of pork porridge even during the wee hours.
Offerings: Chai Chee Pork Porridge offers a selective but enticing range of porridge dishes, with their speciality being the pork porridge. For comforting congee that comes with huge portions and reasonable prices to curb your hunger pangs in the middle of the night, Chai Chee Pork Porridge is it. Other options include the cuttlefish porridge (S$3.50), chicken porridge (S$3.50) and the century egg porridge (S$4) which is another of their signature items on the menu.
Location: 85 Bedok North Street 485 Fengshan Centre #01-23Singapore 460085
Contact: +65 9672 0521
6. Tiong Bahru Xian Ji Porridge 中峇鲁鱻记粥品
Introduction: Other than absurdly long queues, another Singaporean way to gauge the quality of a food stall is how fast its offerings sell-out. In the case of Xian Ji, the fact that its congee is often exhausted way before its closing time at 1 pm practically testifies that this congee is next level.
Offerings: A bowl of their signature pork porridge features all the fixings that you want to start mornings with — meatballs, watercress, offal and pork slices, all imbuing the melt-in-your-mouth congee with a rich meatiness. A bowl ($7) with an egg (additional $1) contains chunks of fresh pork meat, minced meatballs and small intestines, generous portions of chopped vegetables (watercress), and some pepper and soy sauce.
Location: Tiong Bahru Xian Ji, 57 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 160057
7. Yin Ji
Introduction: A relatively famous congee and rice roll shop has opened in Singapore. Yin Ji 银记肠粉店 which originated in Guangzhou in the 50s has set up its Singapore flagship at Far East Square.
It is one of the largest chain stores you can find in Guangzhou, and you can also find branches in Canada. CBD workers would be happy to find a comforting congee place, with prices that won’t break the bank.
Offerings: Congee choices include the ‘all-in-one’ Boat ($6.50), Sliced Fish ($7.00), Sliced Pork ($6.00), Sliced Pork and Liver ($7.00), Sliced Tender Bee ($7.00), Century Egg & Pork ($6.50) and Vegan ($4.00). The texture of the Congee was very close to a reasonably good Cantonese restaurant in Singapore – slightly sticky, with rice broken into a smooth consistency.
Location: Far East Square 133 Amoy Street #01-01 Singapore 048775
Contact: +65 6443 3875
8. Gen Shu Mei Shi Jia
Introduction: Fans of traditional Cantonese style dishes will be familiar with Gen Shu Mei Shi Shi Jia (根叔美食世家). Having retired as the head chef of Mouth Restaurant, Gen Shu was bored stiff at home. That was why he opened a hawker stall to sell his brand of Hong Kong cuisine. For many years, he has been serving great quality Cantonese dishes and each day, the dishes may vary.
Offerings: They offer 4 different types of congee, ranging from cuttlefish, abalone, century egg and the sliced fish congee. The piping hot congee is filling and comforting. Each congee as a creamy smooth texture and had a very flavoursome stock. The sliced fish was also well marinated and seasoned, and when all the components were combined, the flavours and textures just came together beautifully. Tasty and only for $3.20.
Location: Toa Payoh Lorong 4 Block 74 Food Centre #01-03
Contact: +65 9640 5752 (for bulk order)
9. Treasures by Imperial Treasure Noodle & Congee House
Introduction: Imperial Treasures Noodle & Congee House offers some of the best Chinese cuisines in Singapore, serving a tantalizing collection of dishes that are suitable for casual dining and group gatherings. They serve your favourite types of noodles with generous helpings of beef brisket, pork, or even wanton prawn dumplings for a fulfilling meal.
Located at ION Orchard (nearest train: Orchard MRT Station), Imperial Treasures Noodle & Congee House provides a casual and relaxed ambience to accommodate any form of dining where one can have meaningful time with their loved ones over a wonderful meal filled with the freshest and most delicious ingredients.
Offerings: Signature items include: Cantonese style congee with a mix of lean meat and century egg creates a marriage of flavours against the soft textured congee.
Location: ION Orchard, #B3-17,2 Orchard TurnSingapore 238801
Contact: +65 6509 8283
10. Li Fang Porridge
Introduction: Li Fang Porridge has several shops in Singapore. The main outlet is at Queen Street Albert Centre, with other branches at 20 Ghim Moh Road, ABC Market, 115 Bukit Merah View, 407 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, 293 Yishun Ring Road, 207 New Upper Changi Road and 208D New Upper Changi Road.
Offerings: They have several seafood-based choices, such as Seafood Congee ($20 ), La La Congee ($5), Mixed Scallop Congee ($5.50), Prawn Congee ($5), Sliced Fish with Cuttlefish Congee ($4.50).
Location: 270 Queen Street, #01-78, Singapore 180270 (Bugis MRT)
Contact: +65 9634 8383
11. Congee 88
Introduction: 88 粥品 (88 Zhou Pin) at Toa Payoh serves up a familiar yummilious taste of Hong Kong styled congee, the quality kind that you would find along the roads of Nathan Lane. On a fine breakfast outing, the single bowl relieved your cravings for Kowloon street food. If you wonder why you could get hotel quality food in a hawker centre, that was because Chef Au worked in Westin Hotel, Raffles Hotel and Hong Kong’s Shangri-La before he moved up to set up his stall.
Offerings: What’s Congee without the good old familiar youtiao? The dough stick was freshly deep-fried on the spot and served one long stick on top of the bowl in its entirety. Some of the recommended Congee included the Meat Ball & Century Egg, Prawn Ball and Meat Ball & Intestine Congee where the meatballs were home-made with a secret recipe.
Location: 127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127
Contact: +65 9475 2678
12. Johor Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge
Introduction: A slightly under-the-radar stall (at least on the social media sphere), but don’t be deceived as this Hainanese porridge stall attracts a constant crowd and often sold out way before closing time.
Offerings: The basic bowl starts with $3, and there are various options such as pork, chicken, sliced fish, cuttlefish, or a combination of the ingredients. Additional egg or century egg cost $0.50 extra
Rest assured this is a nourishing, filling, belly-warming bowl, and you would find the texture much-thicker than the usual Cantonese style ones. The grains are still slightly distinguishable, but yet it is overly still smooth.
Location: 638 Veerasamy Rd, Singapore 200638
Contact: +65 6296 9100
13. Canton Paradise Marina Bay Sands
Introduction: Canton Paradise Marina Bay Sands is located on Level 1 of The Shoppes @ Marina Bay Sands near the Arts Science Museum end. The interior decor is fairly typical of a contemporary casual Chinese restaurant. The use of light colour wood and white Chinese lattice panels give the restaurant a distinct Oriental touch but with a modern vibrancy. If you want a simple Chinese meal, Canton Paradise is a good affordable Chinese Restaurant in Marina Bay Sands.
Offerings: The consistency of this Cantonese style Handmade Meatball Congee ($9.80) should stand out. The appearance that it had a velvety smooth and silky texture. Using a combination of Japanese pearl and Thailand fragrant jasmine rice, this is a result of dedicated effort by the chefs who constantly stir the pot to ensure its uniformity. Recommended for meatball as well pork meatballs which were freshly prepared by hand, and had a firm elastic bite.
Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue #01-02 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Contact: +65 6688 7052
14. Hong Kee Porridge
Introduction: Hong Kee Porridge serves Singaporean and Chinese cuisine. They offer Pork Porridge, Raw Fish Porridge and many more.
Offerings: Trying Hong Kee’s century porridge in a hot and sweaty morning is refreshing and revitalising. The generous serving of century egg in the porridge certainly impresses, it ONLY costs $2.50 for a bowl of century egg porridge. They are popular porridge stall in this food centre and they used to serve raw fish but have since stopped. There are choices of Pork Porridge, Century Egg Porridge, Cuttlefish Porridge, Fish Porridge, and Fish Head Porridge at just $3.
Location: #02-89 Commonwealth Crescent Market, 119 Commonwealth Crescent, 140119
Contact: +65 9067 5755
15. Ri Ji Porridge
Introduction: This congee stall goes back to 1976. It was first started by Mr Wong, and the family recipe has been passed down since then with innovations and improvements to bring its regular patrons the best-selling Cantonese porridge in the area. The business is small and robust with the servers working tirelessly to make the most palatable and rich congee.
Offerings: Varieties available here include Pork Congee ($3), Fish Congee ($3.50), Cuttlefish and Peanut Congee ($3.50), and Century Egg Congee. Although the congee looked simple and plain, the consistency was smooth and slippery and didn’t feel jelak (rich) finishing the entire bowl.
Location: 269B Queen Street, Singapore 182269 (Bugis MRT)
Contact: +65 9815 8230
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