The Teochews (Chaozhou/Chiuchow/潮州人) have a favourite staple of watery rice porridge, served with a plethora of dishes. You find this type of meal in the Teochews' traditional homeland in the Chaoshan region of Guangdong province in China, and also where the Teochew diaspora pervades: in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.
I was introduced to this 50-year-old streetside Teochew eatery, operated by an elderly couple who hailed from Shantou (a Teochew city in China) in KL's Chinatown this evening by two of my foodie friends who also happen to be native Teochews. It's regarded as one of the top 3 spots to have Teochew porridge in KL (I've got to check out the other two: Teochew Lao Er and Fong Wah, both located in Pudu).
What we had at this nameless stall on Jalan Sultan in KL's old Chinatown this evening:
- Braised fish with fermented beans ("taucheo")
- Salted vegetables with pork
- Steamed pork with salted duck's egg-yolk
- Stir-fried pork with wood-ear fungus
- Braised Chinese cabbage with "tung hoon" (mung bean threads) and fermented beanpaste
- Soy-braised tofu and hard-boiled eggs
Everything was really simple, but tasted as authentic as they are expected to be, in this part of town where all their clientele seemed to be older Teochew folks looking for a familiar taste of their native cuisine.
Teochew Porridge Stall
Lorong Sultan 5, off Jalan Sultan
Kuala Lumpur 50000
Tel: +6016-273 9216