In my younger days, dining at the next cze char stall is a weekend family thing. No one’s allow to skip and say “I’m not going” without risk being grumble and nag by your elders the next time you meet them. Trust me, weekend dinners are very important in my family. Back in those days, food was the last thing on my mind. All I had in my kiddish mind was to rush through my meals and kick-start a night’s long of playing with my cousins.
Those were the days when fun was running around the open space playing catching. Gosh, I missed those good old memories…
Goodness, I’m always digressing about my childhood days and I hope you wouldn’t mind. SO ANYWAY…
After a few years of trying out so many stalls, I realised that most of them are selling the same or somewhat similar dishes. So the difference between the popular cze char stall from the typical mainstream ones are really something for the diners to introduce to other diners and possibly return for more. Something like a signature dish or two to boost about.
Situated amidst the foodie’s paradise of Tiong Bahru is Por Kee Eating House (波记海鲜酒楼), an old school Chinese restaurant that has been in operation for almost 17 years since its inception in 1996. Prices are slightly marked up compared to those at hawker centers and coffee shops but eating in the comfort of an air-conditioned room makes a whole lot of difference especially if your lunch partners are in dresses and heels.
Try their buttery Cereal Prawns 麦片虾 or their Crispy Skin Chicken 脆皮鸡 if you aren’t sure what to get. I think the dishes are great but nothing really special since I tried better ones before. I heard from my lunch partners that their hei zou were fantastic on their previous visit but sadly it wasn’t available when I came with them on their second visit.
I’m guessing the head chef has his own mood of what to serve ehh?
Believe it or not, the best cuts of any meat are those that has a good fatty to lean meat ratio. I totally agree that it’s downright unhealthy to have fatty portions anywhere near those lips. But why resist?! I know it’s a bit hard to apprehend such a complicated process but once you tried Por Kee’s Champagne Pork Ribs, you will bound to understand why. Don’t even get me started about the faint champagne before and after taste after having one after another. Addictive takes a new meaning I guess…
Signature Tofu as stated in the name of dish is also one of their popular dishes. But after knowing the secrets of making really good ones, I think it’s not so signature already but still highly recommended if you seek silky yet crispy toufu.
Overall, there’s always hits and misses in any restaurants. The table might be filled with different dishes, not all was quite as good as we thought. There were some that I thought were pretty ordinary and nothing special. Then again, that’s what makes their signature dishes stand out even more right?
So if you’re seeking a nice cze char restaurant to hosting a table or two for friends and family alike, try Por Kee and you will not be disappointed by their signature dishes. Maybe service was a bit rowdy from one of the staff. Might have to give them a bit feedback so that they don’t get too cocky just because they have a fix regular customers that just return for their food.
Por Kee Eating House 波记海鲜酒楼
69 Seng Poh Lane, Singapore 160069
Tel: +65 6221 0582