Royal J’s Seafood – Famous Fried Porridge has moved to Jalan Besar
Last year, Malaysia Famous Fried Porridge located in a coffeeshop along Macpherson Road rocked Singapore’s hawker scene with a huge bang. They have now moved to Jalan Besar and renamed as “Royal J’s Seafood”, with a much bigger space and ready to serve more delicious cze char items.
Previously only known as Fried Porridge (炒粥) in Macpherson, they used to only serve 6 different kinds of porridge – Seafood Porridge, Promfret Porridge, Red Grouper Porridge, Prawn Porridge, Minced Meat Porridge and the Signature Fried Porridge. Now in Foch Road, they only sell their Signature Fried Porridge together with a whole range of different zichar items.
We visited Royal J’s Seafood tonight on their first day of operation and honestly, it was a mess. We waited one hour for our food even though there were no big crowd. They were busy taking orders but there was no queue cards given, so they were not sure which order belongs to who. But well, considering that it’s their first full operation service, a little glitch is understandable.
Originated from Ipoh, Owner-Chef John Ng brings multiple ingredients, styles and flavours together to their new menu. After an hour’s wait, the golden fragrant chicken finally reached our table. Also known as kam heong chicken ($12), this dish has a fusion of Chinese, Malay and Indian flavours. With the combinations of dried shrimps, chili, curry powder and curry leaves, it has an inviting aroma with a little spicy kick and great flavours.
I had lots of curious thoughts whenever my foodies friends mentioned about fried porridge ($6 small, for 2 pax). Finally, I get to try it and it was really sedap. While many porridge stalls served soft and clean porridge, Royal J’s Seafood literally “fry” the rice with an abundance of savoury ingredients: yam cubes, pork lard fritters, dried cuttlefish, dried shrimps, chives and shredded crab. Using superior broth, Japanese pearl grains and his homemade brown sauce, the chef fries the rice with gruel as though he is dancing. It’s thicker and starchier, so it gets heavy after a bowl. But that thin strips of fried cuttlefish and pork lard… OH MINE…
Adding some greens to the sinful meal, we ordered a plate of crunchy you mai cai ($8) which is interestingly stir fried with green chilli, garlic and onions.
We went back for the second visit on the same week to try different dishes. One of them which is worth recommending is Tasty Fried Pork ($22 large). Well caramelized and coated with special sauce, this is really tender and tasty.
The Thai Style Pork Knuckle ($20) didn’t quite meet our expectation though. It wasn’t crispy and tender enough, and the flavours are quite mild. Probably because the foodies has already found the best pork trotter somewhere else.
Golden Yellow Salted Egg Sotong ($28 large) was not bad but I would prefer to have more salted egg taste.
Royal J’s Seafood
Address: 30 Foch Road, #01-02, Singapore 209276
Mobile: 9357 3993
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