Thursday, September 28, 2006

Claypot froggies

I reckon that most of the younger generation don't like eating frog porridge or even frog legs for that matter and that includes me. The idea of eating an amphibian is sometimes a little too overwhelming and despite the constant assurance from my mum that it taste just like chicken, I'm still not that into it.

However, I'm going to contridict myself today because I'm going to introduce a place which specializes in claypot frog porridge. This stall called Tiong Shian Claypot Frog Porridge located at Chinatown, opposite Pearl Centre, first caught our attention when we noticed the large number of customers dining at the place. Looking at the claypots, bowls of porridges and frangrant smell of sauces, it didn't take long to know that the stall sells frog porridge (and of course, duh, the huge signboard which we initially missed).

Other than claypot frog with spring onion, they also serve them in "Gung Bao" style which is a combination of vinegar, rice wine and dried chillies? Other dishes include claypot fish head noodles, claypot "Gung Bao" fish slices, claypot "Gung Bao" prawns and an assortment of porridges which included pork liver porridge, mixed porridge, prawn porridge, minced pork porridge etc. There are also side dishes like braised chicken feet, braised tofu, teochew raw fish or "Yu Sheng" and oyster sauce vegetables.

I like the way how the ordering system operates tho. You queue up at the cashier, order and pay on the spot. After which you will get a receipt and your orders will be served shortly. It's a pretty good system considering that you don't have to have your arms flailing in the air like a madman trying to the waitress's attention. Besides, the huge number of staff means very quick service.

The claypot frog with spring onions ($8/$16) tasted okay to me and Qin said that the oyster sauce actually overwhelms almost everything; which I agree cause I can't really taste the spring onions also.

The pork liver porridge ($3.20) tasted pretty bland actually but it makes up for the blandness with a generous serving of pork liver and porridge enough to serve two.

The braised tofu ($2), however, was pretty good! It was very soft and topped with fried shallots with oyster sauce and a plate of chilli sauce. Really yummy.

We also had braised chicken feet but I didn't eat it (don't like the idea of eating an animal's feet?) and therefore can't give any comments. Although we didn't get to try the "yu sheng", it looked pretty good with a huge amount of raw fish. The toppings; fried shallots, chillies, oil etc, can also be topped up yourself if there aren't enough.

To sum up, the claypot frogs aren't much to rave about. But do drop by for their fast service and generous portions of ingredients in their porridges.


D said...

Just found it rather funny that you'll eat frog legs (which do include their feet) but not chicken feet, I guess you draw the line at the ankle? Heh.

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hey ya, its funny that I never thought of it that way. but I didn't know that frog legs include their feet! i thought it was just akin to another a chicken drumstick :P

toniXe said...

Hi, we don't have great looking specialised shops like you have, lucky people.

Here its the old shops or shacks, sometimes besides the jungle !

But frogs are delicious if you fry them with chilies, and goes well with beer !

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hi tonixe! But I love the Bak kut teh in msia! n in KL there is a crispy oyster omelette that just drives me crazy. n besides, Msia's hawker food beat ours hands down :)