ABC 煮炒 Gu Zao Ren 古早人煮炒台湾粥 @ ABC Market

Can you believe that my appetition for a plate of wanton noodles turned into a feast of Taiwan Porridge? Of course you can, since you know me by now 😉

I had a craving for this particular wanton noodles but the stall at Tanglin Halt was closed.

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Well, as I said, the wanton mee stall was closed. It used to open 24/7 with the hubby manning the morning shift and wifey takes over in the late evening. I have not visited the stall for years now. Vanessa was the one who had “dabao” (takeaway) them home this mid year. Maybe the wanton mee vendor was on holiday, maybe their operation hours have changed. I will need to go back again to find out. There was a fish ball noodle stall and two economic beehoon mee stalls that were operating but I did not fancy those. There was also a long queue at one of the stalls and I didn’t want to stand in line. We crossed the road where there’s another food centre but most stalls were closed and nothing was alluring there too, so we took a drive to the next nearest FC – ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre at Jalan Bukit Merah.

Once there, I instinctively headed for the Taiwan Porridge stall. I had eaten there many years ago when my sister in law brought me for this cuisine. It was cheap and good. I wonder how it will fare this time.

When we arrived there, the stall wasn't busy. I hesistated a moment before finally making up my mind to eat at this stall.

When we arrived there, the stall wasn’t busy. I hesistated a moment before finally making up my mind to eat at this stall.

I was reserving a table with good lighting when Kay said to go order the food I wanted. He assured me no one would take our table. He was wrong. The minute we got back, our table was taken by a young couple.

I was reserving a table with good lighting when Kay said to go order the food I wanted. He assured me no one would take our table. He was wrong. The minute we got back, our table was taken by a young couple.

Kay was apologetic when he realised we need not order at the stall. Tick sheet and menu were given out and later the lady would come collect or you simply bring the chit back to the stall.

Kay was apologetic when he realised we need not order at the stall. Tick chit and menu were given out and later the lady would come collect or you simply bring the sheet back to the stall.

I needed to test the lighting for our new table all over again and also to clean the table (I usually try to wipe them clean before the food comes).

I needed to test the lighting for our new table all over again and also to clean the table (I usually try to wipe them clean before the food comes).

Mui Choy with Pork Belly (梅菜扣肉) - S$4.<br />Meat and vegetables were tender enough but I found the 5-spice powder a teeny weeny tad too strong for my liking.

Mui Choy with Pork Belly (梅菜扣肉) – S$4.
Meat and vegetables were tender enough but I found the 5-spice powder a teeny weeny tad too strong for my liking.

Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish (鹹魚蒸肉餅) - S$4.<br />I had originally wanted this with Salted Egg Yolk but Kay did not see that they had two choices to tick on the same column.

Steamed Minced Pork with Salted Fish (鹹魚蒸肉餅) – S$4.
I had originally wanted this with Salted Egg Yolk but Kay did not see that they had two choices to tick on the same column.

Omelette with Preserved Turnip (菜圃蛋) - S$5.<br />I liked this dish.

Omelette with Preserved Turnip (菜圃蛋) – S$5.
I liked this dish.

Szechuan vegetable stir-fry (榨菜) - S$5.<br />I haven't eaten Szechuan vegetable for a while now. This pickled dish usually perks one's appetitie so I thought I gave it a go. It was not bad, just ordinary.

Szechuan vegetable stir-fry (榨菜) – S$5.
I haven’t eaten Szechuan vegetable for a while now. This pickled dish usually perks one’s appetitie so I thought I gave it a go. It was not bad, just ordinary.

Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish (咸鱼炒豆芽) - S$5.<br />I preferred the salted fish to be more visible. The beansprouts retained its crunchy texture and the dish was nicely seasoned, not too salty which was good.

Bean Sprouts with Salted Fish (咸鱼炒豆芽) – S$5.
I preferred the salted fish to be more visible. The beansprouts retained its crunchy texture and the dish was nicely seasoned, not too salty which was good.

Sambal Promfet (參巴鲳鱼) - S$12.<br />The most expensive item on our table.

Sambal Promfet (參巴鲳鱼) – S$12.
The most expensive item on our table.

Look at the delicious hae bee hiam (spicy shrimp topping). It's like 2-in-1 dish! Delicious with the porridge. I love the crispy fish and the topping.

Look at the delicious hae bee hiam (spicy shrimp topping).
It’s like 2-in-1 dish!
Delicious with the porridge.
I love the crispy fish and the topping.

Sambal Kangkong with Cuttlefish (马来风光炒鱿鱼). This was another commendable dish. Loved the succulent alkaline cuttlefish and the morning glory.

Sambal Kangkong with Cuttlefish (马来风光炒鱿鱼).
This was another commendable dish. Loved the succulent alkaline cuttlefish and the morning glory.

All the food we've ordered came in good pace after a short wait.

All the food we’ve ordered came in good pace after a short wait.

I was too hungry by now. This was my first and only meal of the day.

I was too hungry by now. This was my first and only meal of the day.

Join me?

Join me?

Taiwan Porridge - 70cents per head. Refilled at no extra cost but I do not know if they have a limit to the number of refills. Kay and I refilled once.

Taiwan Porridge – 70cents per head.
Refilled at no extra cost but I do not know if they have a limit to the number of refills.
Kay and I refilled once.

We did not determine the sizes of the dishes when we ordered but they had prepared all the items in the smallest portion available. Good thinking!

We did not determine the sizes of the dishes when we ordered but they had prepared all the items in the smallest portion available. Good thinking!

Our bill came to S$44.40 nett.

Our bill came to S$44.40 nett.

ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre has many delicious stalls. I shall return :D

ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre has many delicious stalls. I shall return 😀

Overall, I was happy with my dinner. Kay was of the same mind. Both of us liked the sambal promfet, the kangkong with cuttlefish, the omelette was good so we may choose a different secondary ingredient next time for variety. The mui choy with pork belly was a no go for me but Kay liked it. The steamed pork with salted fish was a let down though Kay may not be agreeable. The rest of the items we’ve ordered had no great shakes but aren’t bad either. Just ordinary heartland taste. The small portions offered is good for sampling the many items available. The extensive menu of more than 100 dishes means we will have to go back and try them.  😉

古早人煮炒台湾粥 (Seafood & Taiwan Porridge)
Address: Blk 6, #01-142,
Jalan Bukit Merah (ABC Market)
Singapore 150006.

Tel: +65 90908655

Branch (beside Lor Melayu)
Address: No. 391, Changi Road,
5½ m/s.
Singapore 419840.

Rating: 7.5/10

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

Other stalls in ABC Brickworks Food Centre:
MA BO LOR MEE 蔴坡卤面 @ ABC BRICKWORKS FOOD CENTRE

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8 Responses to “ABC 煮炒 Gu Zao Ren 古早人煮炒台湾粥 @ ABC Market”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Funny that you had to have a table with good lighting! The perils of food blogging huh! The food looks good but the wanton mee looks fantastic.

    • Sam Han says:

      Oh yes I do because I refused to use LED lights. It’s bad enough I had to stand on chairs, lol… there are gawkers in hawker centres.
      The wanton mee is really fantastic in taste! 😀

  2. You pretty much picked all of my favourite dishes! 😉 Hot porridge is top-notch comfort food for me!

  3. Laura Lynn says:

    It all looked delicious to me! That’s the nice part of Bonding Tool! I can imagine everything is perfect because it looks so good, thanks to your photography!

    • Sam Han says:

      This meal is best on a rainy day. We also eat this when ill, lol… It does seem a lot for a sick person isn’t it? Of course the secondary dishes have to be lighter in oil and less meat 😀
      Thanks Laura for the compliment on photography… I have so many photographs but lacking the words to write my posts 😦

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