29 Aug '13, 1am

Soon Lee Hainanese Porridge: Not Comfort Food, Comfortable Food! Porridge found in Clementi, Singapore!

Soon Lee Hainanese Porridge: Not Comfort Food, Comfortable Food! Porridge found in Clementi, Singapore!

When I was a kid, I don't remember ever having Cantonese Congee in the hawker centres, do you? When my Pa said we were going to the market to eat Jok (porridge), it only meant the Hainanese style Jok where the rice is boiled till it is broken but still retains a grainy texture, unlike the Cantonese Congee where the rice is boiled to a smooth paste. Incidentally, I just found out that Congee is actually derived from the Tamil word kanji which is an Indian dish of boiled rice. I would never have imagined Indians eating porridge, then again you wouldn't imagine an Indian man selling Satay would you? Why Satay? Well, the word Satay was derived from "sathai" which in Tamil means "flesh", and the concept of grilled meats on skewers came from the Indian Muslims migrants. So there you have it, Indian Congee and Indian Satay. Hainanese style Jok is always prepared only when you ord...

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