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Singapore Local Food - Soon Soon Chinese Teochew Porridge Restaurant!

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Soon Soon serves great Teochew Chinese porridge in Singapore. ►Subscribe to my channel for more videos: http://bit.ly/MarkWiensSubscribe ►Check out my Singapore food guide: https://migrationology.com/singapore-food/ For many Chinese Singaporeans, Teochew rice porridge is one of the ultimate comfort home style meals to eat. And around Singapore at many of the hawker food court centres you’ll find stalls that specializes in rice porridge and side dishes. There can be a huge range of different dishes available, most of them either stir fried or braised, and all different types of meats and fish. Some of the dishes are on the plainer side while others are more spicy or more salty. One of the top recommendations for Teochew rice porridge that I received was Soon Soon Restaurant (near Kovan MRT), and so one day for lunch, my wife and I headed over there. Luckily we just barely beat the main lunch rush before it got too busy. Although housed in a shophouse restaurant, Soon Soon is pretty much like a hawker stand. You go up to the front of the restaurant, where all the food sits on display, and you pick and choose whatever dishes you want to order. From there, you can choose if you want the rice porridge or just a plain plate of rice to go with all of your side dishes. Many people order for takeaway, but if there’s an available table, it’s a nice restaurant to hang out for a while and enjoy a delicious lunch. There were so many different dishes to choose from that it was a bit of a tough decision, but I finally arrived to the front of the line and chose chicken in a dark sauce with shreds of ginger, eggplant with chili and garlic, long beans fried with garlic, a steamed fish, and a piece of braised tofu. The Teochew rice porridge was a little soupy and sticky at the same time. Unlike congee which is very mushy and sticky, this rice porridge remains more individual so you can feel all the grains of rice. In Thailand this style of rice soup, known as khao tom, is also very popular. All the side dishes were as delicious as they looked, simple and tasty. The dish I really like the most was the chicken stir fried with lots of sweet and spicy ginger, that was amazing. Soon Soon Restaurant is a wonderful place in Singapore to eat Teochew Rice Porridge. Address: 13 Simon Rd (Near Kovan) Open hours: 8 am – 9 pm (closed on Tuesday) Prices: All depending on how much you order, side dishes are about $4 SGD per plate How get there: It’s about a 5 minute walk from Kovan MRT station Thank you to all of you who recommended this place! -- MY WEBSITES: Singapore Travel Guide: http://migrationology.com/travel-guides/singapore/ Singapore Food Guide: http://migrationology.com/2016/01/singapore-food/ T-shirts available now: https://migrationology.com/store/ Resources I use: http://migrationology.com/travel-resources/ Migrationology.com: http://migrationology.com/ EatingThaiFood.com: http://eatingthaifood.com/ TravelByYing.com: http://travelbyying.com/ SOCIAL MEDIA: Instagram: https://instagram.com/migrationology Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/migrationology Snapchat: @migrationology Thank you very much for watching this video! --
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Alo Immaculata (6 days ago)
Hello. Somebody knows the name of the chicken dish he ordered? 😄
D T (1 month ago)
First dish was most definitely NOT chicken, it was frog's leg. Frog's Leg goes extremely well with porridge, especially the Teo Chew styled porridge. There are many frog's legs stall in Singapore that sell them with porridge on the side.
Scorpio Sam (6 months ago)
*It seems to me that the first dish you had is not chicken. Two signs makes me say that it would be frog meat; one being the little curve thin bone found in frog legs n the second is use of dried chilli plus shredded Ginger in thick sauce commonly used to stir fried frog legs but not chicken meat.* *Mark did you ask before you ordered??* *The fish n the frog meat explains why $24.*
Anthony Lim (10 months ago)
Nadin Reta (1 year ago)
Every food court in Singapore are the same dish. black source, ginger and garlic. chicken rice. duck. pork. steam fish and all nothing else.
Francisco Medrano (1 year ago)
hanged dog face
sawadee2000 (1 year ago)
The chicken motif bowl you showed with the conge was made here in Lampang Thailand!
Hermit Crab (1 year ago)
Mark, you don't need the spoon when eating a meal such as this. The traditional way is to hold the bowl with the left hand, use the chopsticks to pick up the food to put in your mouth, and then bring the bowl to your mouth and use the chopsticks to push the rice porridge into your mouth. Also, the dishes that are eaten with Teochew porridge are meant to be eaten by a typical Chinese family on a daily basis, which means that they are known NOT to have strong flavour and taste. In fact, a Teochew porridge meal is known for its "plain taste". It is still tasty but definitely not the kind of strong, flavourful food that you would expect in a restaurant.
rahul raghu (1 year ago)
I really like ur blog
Celeste Frando (1 year ago)
It does not matter to me whatever you say about his facial expressions...for me it is the food that he eats from different countries....
Greig Wilson (1 year ago)
Please do Scotland
FL far (1 year ago)
Come to Damascus Syria mark! Please
Huberdina (1 year ago)
I think it`s cool that you don`t waste any food, and eat everything you orderd...
karen jimenez (1 year ago)
Sounds like you lived all over the world military kid??..
Erika Ekonomakos (1 year ago)
I love when he likes the dish his expressions
Anne Corey (1 year ago)
Look very good porridge l like to put salted egg and mince pork try that ask Ying to cook it for you when you get home is look very good you enjoy it thank you for your lovely video .
Wow! Just 36,000 subs till you reach 1 million Mark! :D BTW you are without a doubt my favorite YouTuber...your channel was one of the very first channels I subscribed to. Been a fan for almost 4 years. I am disabled and watching your videos is the next best thing to traveling the world and eating food from other countries. :)
Ethel Yap (1 year ago)
right around the corner from my old place! My parents still live there. It's a great establishment :)
fuel87 (1 year ago)
eats teochew porridge, "Mmmm, its really rice fragrant" ... dude, that porridge is plain tasteless...
Sim Roysten (1 year ago)
The "chicken" is actually frog meat, I think. Usually ginger and dried chillies are added to cook this meat to mask its fishy smell and it tastes like "soft" chicken and smoother when you swallow. Chicken meat dishes usually comes in larger chunks. Reminds me of a story..... the maid: Sir, what size of meat portion do you prefer big piece or small. Cut it the same size as my mouth.
Jan Post (1 year ago)
Sitting here have not yet eaten breakfast and I see yet another episode where Mark is living the life as a food critic and tasting what seems to be delicious chicken garlic with sauce. Dreading the time it will take to cook my own meal. I suppose thats why there is phone in takeout. Love your videos Mark and Ying. keep them coming.
Yvonne Theysen (1 year ago)
I love Rice porridge with chicken but I find the one you ate is too watery .thank you for taking your time to go around the world with us thank you again.
Amar Mohan Dutta (1 year ago)
Actually he was tilting his head to the left in his very early videos.his reaction.
Spaide man (1 year ago)
guess that few porridge dishes should cost your close to S$50.
sureshar appalah (1 year ago)
do muslims brush their teeth before break fast
Average (1 year ago)
Need ratings Mark, so we actually know how you liked it or not.
Solinda Ly (1 year ago)
I would've eaten everything on top of the porridge to cut the savoriness... it compliments it very nicely 👌
Rizwan Vorajee (1 year ago)
i love his facial expression of each bite he has. now im hungry
Ravi Sub (1 year ago)
Nice video...............
Alfred Ting (1 year ago)
how you control your cholesterolol
Abir Pratim Guha (1 year ago)
U use too much facial expression just try to act natural while eating
johan wadström (1 year ago)
You are great
ros (1 year ago)
You only ordered that much and they charged you $24?! What.
rahul naik (1 year ago)
whats a tofu?
Odisho katsudon (1 year ago)
Mark, your eyeball and head almost drop
Cheng Kai Fang (1 year ago)
Teochew porridge is the best. I can have plain porridge and get some salted eggs and done my breakfast/lunch is settle. Teochew porridge with salted egg is the best
ken sim (2 years ago)
that fih ismost popular duringchinesenewyerpeiodandoften part of reunion dinner menu cozthat'shetimeofyearhenthis species have lots of fish roe!
ken sim (2 years ago)
hey mark, next time eating teo chew porridge add a couple more tasty additions like salted egg, steamed squids dipped with plum sauce and last but not least, in fact the creme de la creme dish is braised pig trotter and preseved radish(chai poh in chnese) fried with egg andthe braisingsauce of th pig trotter sprinkledwthwifawiff of pepper the porridge is wow! i beliee etereare also many teochew dialect pple in thailand too?
Salman Vehvaria (2 years ago)
muslim people dont eat pork
KJSEA JP (2 years ago)
饿了大熊 (1 year ago)
Judy98863 Lo (2 years ago)
KJSEA JP 他有來過香港,但片唔多,好多地道美食應該冇食過
Jeuel Lim (2 years ago)
It's pronounced as 'toh-chew', Mark! :)
oky yko (2 years ago)
the dish must be salty that suit with blanded porridge
Akmar Aiza (2 years ago)
im watching this vid.. is the all food are salty?. that what i heard a long this vid.. huuhhh..
Snaker mc (2 years ago)
Akmar Aiza is suppose to be salty so you can eat it with the bland porridge
suman joarder (2 years ago)
Ha ha ha.... Every thing is nice and salty it seems..... 😂😂😂😂😂😂
John Chan (2 years ago)
question, does his missus ever get to eat ? :P
wilsonasj (2 years ago)
very nice
bda hmar tlangte (2 years ago)
like to see Ing eating.. hihi
Chang SL (2 years ago)
I like the way you taste your food.....
XloreX50 (2 years ago)
I can see my house in the video
Praty (2 years ago)
Lana Susantyo (2 years ago)
dear mark w are your parent have chinese filipino desent?
John Lee (2 years ago)
48 people don't like Teochew porridge
Lu Khei (2 years ago)
Hey Mark, eating rice porridge can also be a one-handed meal. Hold the bold with one hand, and eat with chopsticks by shuffing them into your mouth. My teochew grandfather used to eat rice or porridge that way and it looks so tasty whenever he ate it like that.
Petr Frizen (2 years ago)
Thank youn very much Mark! What vegan - vegetarian dishes (if any) are availiable at this eatery?
daphne yen (2 years ago)
Aw you didn't get the fish cake!
softsteel6 (2 years ago)
I love to armchair travel .......and love strange( to me )food , enjoy your vids .👍🏻🍜🍛.......your enthusiasm is astounding
Alanna Paule (2 years ago)
Does Ying eat?
tweeotch (2 years ago)
Went back at saw I missed this one somehow! Yum! I agree with you, I also like dry rice over rice porridge, but would have tried it if I'd never had it. Another great video!
Lily Wen (2 years ago)
I just love how you described and reviewed your meals in every your video. The way you choose the words and interpret the taste into something that we could imagine is really awesome. I am very anticipating your facial expressions after tasting the first spoon. In my perception if it is really delicious you would tilt your hear to the right side. But if it is delicious you would just nod. It is very enjoyable watching your videos that I almost could taste the food as well 😊 keep up the spirit, Mark and Ying!
Tet Ho (2 years ago)
My apology for asking this but did you leave enough food for Ying? LOL, just kidding! Keep up with the good work. BTW, I am enjoying your current video series - the Jordan trip.
Mak kim (2 years ago)
I enjoy watching your video particularly on the selection of foods you choose. These foods make me hungry.
violinbubi (2 years ago)
+Mark Wiens Mark, I believe you're supposed to put those goodies into the porridge and mix it up, like you would with a curry. So all the flavors can come together.
Rezie Arcangel (2 years ago)
it's past 1am here in the Philippines & i'm watching this😍 i'm drooling 🙆😜 i want to eat everything you featired on your videos 👍😊
Yudianto (2 years ago)
You're suppose to squat on the stool and hold the bowl in your hands, Teochew old man style... LOL
Enrique Fernández M. (2 years ago)
thanks to your videos I am visiting Singapore
Manuel Gomez (2 years ago)
Keep traveling and showing us this delicious dishes
Q's Corner (2 years ago)
can you do a tutorial on how to practice smiling
Chris Dun (2 years ago)
All of those foods for just a small bowl of porridge 😅
GreenHouse (2 years ago)
Mark always seems to eat foods with some sort of chili. I wonder what his shits feel like.
richard seymore (2 years ago)
Mark are you mixed with Asian? You look Asian to me.
BellRain Chan (2 years ago)
+cynematek does he ever visit his parents?? It seems like he went to see his Grandma in Hawaii and talks about his in laws, but never mentions where his parents live. 😕
cynematek (2 years ago)
+richard seymore Yes he mentions that his mom is chinese
Karlanne Velasquez (2 years ago)
Looks yummyyy Mr.Wiens..^_^ good to see you again ^_^
Leslie Ng (2 years ago)
This is my favourite place to go to for teochew porridge. It's run by my friend's uncle! I usually add the gravy from the braised duck that they serve into the porridge, makes it a little less plain. Oh and you should've gotten the braised duck, it's the bomb and probably is the best dish there to go with porridge!
Kemal Knight (2 years ago)
have you found any food you don't like? food there looks really good though...
honeypiesweet03 (2 years ago)
Rice porridge looks good to eat and other food looks great! Food in Singapore looks really delicious and irresistible to eat and also really interesting! Just love to try by myself!
Tsuki (2 years ago)
Ahhh makes me so hungry :( food looks so good
teck guan tay (2 years ago)
This stall really serve good and delicious food!!
MS Lim (2 years ago)
these are malaysian food
todd (2 years ago)
Does Mark ever do the head tilt to his left just to mix things up?
Truth is present 100% (1 year ago)
mrtodd3620 . ... what would you like him to do, clap like a dolphin or do a table happy dance... smh
I R (1 year ago)
Actually he was tilting his head to the left in his very early videos. His reactions were also less exaggerated.
ken sim (2 years ago)
he's probably right handed so only natural to tilt to the right but who cares as long as the food is yummy coz if he tlts backwards he will fall off his chair andall the food goest anyway why bothere wif such trivial matters the focus shud be on the food dummies!
Koh C H (2 years ago)
+Lily Wen That is not allowed. He can only tilt one way :(
Lily Wen (2 years ago)
B Laca (2 years ago)
Agree with over exaggerating the reaction. Like the food video but facial expressions are predictable to the right!
Dianna Lee (2 years ago)
Yayy!! you're in singapore!!!!
Rui Qiang zeng (2 years ago)
i didn't know u are Chinese that grew up eat porridge just like me too when i was kid, hihih, that's all i eat, porridge n salt pickles, fermented tofu cubes n soy sauce due family was very poor especially me due they mistreated abandoned me now they say u r my relative, i should love b close to them due they r all old ugly n poor n broke n never enough help them, else they bully, bad mouth, gang up on me etc... these dishes are delicious too.
Christina Effendi (2 years ago)
hay mark, do you sell your t-shirt online? thanks
Swabb bob. (2 years ago)
I was born a picky eater... he just chomps everything down and eats all sorts of food. I wish I was like him
Terri Kai (2 years ago)
that rice porridge looks so good!
Yuanming Song (2 years ago)
always afraid that you are going to fall over to the right when you eat something that is soooooooooooo goood
Joey Norwood TV (2 years ago)
i know his wife is more than ready for him to get a job!
Trunks (2 years ago)
Keep up the videos Hawaiian
Ss W (2 years ago)
mark, that fried fish is called "new year fish " in spore, very common and widely consume by sporean, but in msia that kind of fish is hardly found.even part of the fish supplied are imported from msia.
dwad dwadw (2 years ago)
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Charles Stokes (2 years ago)
How does this guy stay so thin? I eat one burger and I look like a hippopotamus.
sudhindra srinivas (2 years ago)
Each time I watch these videos, I end up swimming in a pool of drool. Very tempting food!!
Elvina Pibul (2 years ago)
Do they serve it all cold?
Joy Nylen (2 years ago)
Mark, I have watched nearly all of your vlogs. But it would be nice to know if there was anything that made you ill or sick. The food looks fantastic in all of your videos but there must have been something that made you ill.
diana keller The_Fam (2 years ago)
looks all so yummy,wish i could cook like that.
NoahMatt (2 years ago)
hi mark,really really really love to watch ur videos....very very very interesting. do u have any videos in malacca(melaka) or in Penang?
Re Mastered (2 years ago)
Yes he does just search up mark wines Penang and it will come out 😊
Iresha Warnakulasuriya (2 years ago)
Hey Mark can i ask you which camera and lense you use for the shootings? Thanks, i'm a big fan of yours, keep eating ;)
Nicholas Kang (2 years ago)
Hey Mark it's Nicholas here, I recommend you to eat this dish called Lor Mee it is located at Old Airport Road. This dish specialise in their awesome sauce, oh yeah remember to put more garlic in this dish as you are a big fan of them and also add vinegar to have awesome sourness taste. The dish I believe it normally sells in the morning. Hope you like my recommendation and look forward your next food video cheer!!!😁👍🏻
CrazeRaider (2 years ago)
U DEFINATELY have to check out carrot cake

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