Monday, December 12, 2016

Goldleaf Taiwan Porridge @ Katong : Nostalgic Chinese Flavors from the 1970s

Just like Teochew Porridge, there's nothing better than Taiwan sweet potato porridge with an array of familiar home-style dishes to bring family and friends on the same table. There aren't many Taiwan porridges restaurants in Singapore so I was happy to learn that Goldleaf Taiwan Porridge has opened a second outlet at Katong Square, a newly established commercial mall that took over the former Joo Chiat Police Station.

In fact, Goldleaf has been established in Singapore since 1971 and it relocated from Orchard to Amoy street.  I visited the Katong outlet with my family on a Sunday evening and our overall experience was a pleasant and satisfying one with more hits than misses. 

Chye Poh Omelette ($10)  is always an obligatory dish for any Taiwan porridge visit and the version here is fluffy and not greasy. However, we wished more sweet preserved radish was used rather than the salty kind. Meanwhile, the Three-Cup Chicken ($10)  with Basil went off the tangent because there was hardly any accents of basil and made this seemed more like dark soy chicken. 


Items like the Seafood Beancurd ($8) and French Beans with minced meat ($10) are decent but not particularly outstanding. Nonetheless, the Goldleaf Prawn Balls ($12) impressed everyone with a crispy-thin batter and meaty filling. The Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables ($16) stood out as the best dish during our visit as the meat was rich, fatty yet flavorful. The Mei Cai was braised thoroughly without being overly salty not mushy. 

In fact, the menu also has many other dishes such as Salted Egg Yolk Prawns that are commonly found in Zi Char restaurants. With that, I think my family can return and try different items each time. 

Gold Leaf Taiwan Porridge
86 East Coast Road
Unit 01-02 Katong Square
Singapore 428788
Mon - Thurs: 11.30am - 2.30pm, 6pm - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 11.00am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 2.30am
Sun: 11.00am - 2.30pm, 5.30pm - 10pm

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