Friday, 16 March 2018

Kukoh 21 Food Centre Ri Tao Fu. Best Teochew Pig's Organ Soup in my Memory

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Today's makan outing was at the old Kukoh 21 Food Centre, off Chin Swee Road (near Chinatown). Our usual thing at hawker centres is to order food from a few stalls and share. Our table was already full of food when Catherine brought back this pork organ soup. At that time, I already set my sights on another dish and so just took obligatory shots of the pork organ soup. I didn't even bother to take it off the serving tray - too much food already and pork organ soup wasn't on my Must Eat list.

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I am not a fan of pork organ soup because the soup is often greasy, murky with scummy coagulate, and so salty that I feared that it may pickle my kidneys. My last pork organ soup at a very famous shop in Singapore made me hurry to flush my kidneys with mineral water 😂

But, Ri Tao Fu stall's Teochew Pig Organ soup was clear like hot water.

Yet, it was rich and full of clean tasting savoury sweetness. It was well balanced sweet, savoury with underlying tangy notes. It was also not greasy at all. Just one spoonful, and I pretty much forgotten about the other food on the table 😄

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All the pork parts - liver, kidney, lean meat, intestine, skin, pork ball - in the bowl were fresh and cooked to just the right doneness. Overall, the pork parts were very well cleaned, tenderly soft and tasted naturally sweet. Which is all that I wanted - Taste. Naturally. Sweet.

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The pig intestine was soft like marshmallow. No porky taste, no sugary taste, just gentle natural sweetness.

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Love this boiled pig skin. It was softer than the intestines and had the same natural sweetness.

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I like Ri Tao Fu's kiam chye (mustard leaves preserved with salt) as it has a soft crunch, is juicy and has a mild savoury tangy flavour.

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We all liked this pork organ soup so much that we ordered a second helping, piling it onto our overcrowded table.

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We promptly finished the two bowls of pork organ soup to the last drop. When I got home, I realised that in my excitement, I might have unconsciously hogged the pork organ soup which we were supposed to share. My apologies buddies 😔 Next round kopi on me, ok? 😊

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Stall holder Tan Jo Huak took over from his dad nearly 40 years ago.

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Tan's elder brother boiling the kiam chye, ridding it of excess saltiness. This additional step, going the extra mile makes Ri Tao Fu's soup so much cleaner tasting than at the average pork organ soup shops.

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Ri Tao Fu's chili sauce is also nice - it is just mildly spicy and has a pleasant underlying salty note.

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Fresh house made aromatic oil infused with fried shallot flavour makes any soup taste better.

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Tan also serves a tasty braised pork belly. Tender and juicy with just a mild savoury flavour to complement the pork's natural sweetness.

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4-Star (out of 5). I've stayed off pork organ soup for years. But, thanks to Ri Tao Fu Teochew Pig's Organ Soup at Kukoh 21 Food Centre, I am re-inspired to search for good POS again. Darned! This delicious POS was so clean tasting, it was deceptively guilt free like eating fresh fish soup 😂  Right now, this POS at Kukoh 21 Food Centre is the best pork organ soup I've had in Singapore and Malaysia in my memory.

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Restaurant name: Ri Tao Fu Teochew Pig's Organ Soup

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Address: Stall #01-11, Kukoh 21 Food Centre, Blk 1 Jalan Kukoh, Singapore 
GPS: 1°17'17.4"N 103°50'23.3"E
Hours: 11:00am to 9:00pm (Sunday off)

Non Halal  

Date visited: 16 Mar 2017  

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1 comment:

  1. You should try the Authentic Mun Chee Kee King of Pig's Organ Soup along jalan besar road. The chef was supposedly the main chef of cheng mun chee kee who left during a dispute.

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