The Place Mention good Zi Char restaurants in Singapore and Por Kee Eating House in Tiong Bahru is one of those to come to my mind. The casual Cantonese restaurant is located in the heart of the charming preserved estate, right smack in the middle of Seng Poh Lane. The iconic and nostalgic setting is unmissable. Although there is a small indoor air-conditioned seating area, it is definitely more memorable to dine at the outdoor tables right under the stars, except that you are also right beside the carpark. I will think that this is charming in today’s context.
The Food The options on the old-school plastic folder reminiscent of my primary school worksheets are aplenty, but look out for the dishes with a star beside which are their signatures. As there are only two of us, we only managed to try four dishes.
Just like KEK Seafood has its moonlight hor fun and JB Ah Meng for its fried bee hoon, Por Kee has this special pork ribs. One of my favourite and recommended dish here is the Champagne Pork Rib (S$10/piece). The fancy name aside, I love the rich, dark sauce spread over the tender pork ribs. The champagne flavour is very faint, such that I can’t taste much of it but I thought the marination of the pork ribs is unique enough.
The other dish I enjoyed is the Homemade Beancurd, Mushroom with Sea-cucumber strips (S$16/small). For someone who loves tofu and mushroom, this dish is a very competent version. The tofu is soft and flavourful, while the sauce of this dish goes very well with some rice too.
For something to share, we had the Fried Beef Hor Fun with Black Bean Sauce (S$8/small). I was craving for something comforting like hor fun, though this version isn’t particularly outstanding and doesn’t differ much from other coffeeshop versions.
The only dish I regretted having is the Wine Chicken in Claypot (S$12/small). I was superficially attracted by the name, but I wasn’t very prepared for the bite size chicken meat with bones. The overall flavour of the chicken is quite one dimensional and my advice – skip this.
Rants Even though there are many outdoor tables, walk-in requests are tough especially for big groups. It is best to reserve well ahead, and if you are heat intolerant, ask for the indoor tables.
Will I Return Again? The overall standards at Por Kee is above average for sure. If you are looking for a good zi char place that is centrally located, Por Kee makes a good option and is worth a try.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Por Kee Eating House
69 Seng Poh Lane, #01-02
Tel: +65 6221 0582
Tuesday to Sunday: 11:30am to 2:30pm; 5:30pm to 11:30pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter