Sometimes we just need that belly-warming congee 粥 for that sense of comfort during more troubled days.
Happy Congee 滿粥了 may just do that, earning quite a reputation among foodies craving for Cantonese-style thick congee and Chee Cheong Fun.
The stall first opened within Bgain food court at ARC 380 Jalan Besar.
It has quickly expanded with outlets at 56 New Upper Changi Road, Hougang Ave 8, 130 Jurong Gateway Road (Bgain 130 Eating House) and Waterloo Centre near Bugis. Boss huat ah.
The head chef behind these stalls used to be behind 大碗粥 House of Congee – previously located at one end of Boat Quay selling more than 40 types of congee on the menu. Oh, those supper days.
Starting with the congee, choices include Hong Kong Boat Congee ($5), Black Iberico Pork ($5), Lettuce & Chicken Shredded Congee ($4), Fresh Toman Fish Congee ($5), Seafood Abalone Congee ($8) and Century Egg & Minced Meat Congee ($4).
The Seafood Abalone Congee ($8) was expectedly thick, smooth and gooey, almost pearly-white in colour.
Generous ingredients too, with an abalone – surprisingly not bad/hard-tasting, prawns and sliced fish in the mix.
Would this rank as some of the top congee you can get in a kopitiam in Singapore? Probably yes.
However, what could push it to a higher level would be more wok-heat (which Mui Kee has) or more oomph in the flavours itself.
The Black Iberico Pork ($5) came with slices tender without a strong ‘meaty’ taste.
However, I wished there was a congee version with handmade meatballs, just to add more textural variety to the bowl.
It was instead the Chee Cheong Fun aka Rice Noodle Rolls that left the deeper impression.
Some of the top-selling plates is the Triple Sauce Rice Noodle Roll ($3.50) and Mala Chicken Shredded Rice Noodle Roll ($5), but I wanted to try a Zha Liang 炸兩 because this is harder to find in Singapore. Perhaps usually in middle-higher tier dim sum restaurants.
This is made with tightly wrapping the rice noodle roll around youtiao (deep-fried dough sticks), and the beauty is to appreciate the contrast between silky-smooth sheets and the crispy, fluffy interior.
Quite well-executed, I will come back for this.
Happy Congee 滿粥了
Bgain @ Lavender Food Court, 380 Jalan Besar, ARC 380, Singapore 209000
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 8:30pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Bgain Old Street Coffee House, 681 Hougang Ave 8 Singapore 530681
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Kopi Kia @ Upper Changi, 56 New Upper Changi Road Singapore 461056
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Bgain 130 Eating House, 130 Jurong Gateway Road Singapore 600130
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
261 Waterloo Street, Waterloo Centre, Singapore 180261
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
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