Sunday, January 20, 2013

Koh Brothers Pig's Organ Soup, Tiong Bahru Food Centre

I remember a stall that sold pig organ soup back from the days of the old dingy Tiong Bahru market when the food centre was but a single story and had stood side by side with the market. I was but a child. Grimy floors, stone tilings that were in the process of being uprooted by tree roots and when rainy weather didn't make eating the best of experience. But hey, it had that charm that can no longer be found anywhere in this country today.

Since then, I've been told that the mentioned pig organ soup is Koh Brothers (30 Seng Poh Road, #02-29 Tiong Bahru Market). Honestly, I don't know, but I'll take the word for it. I don't recall having eaten at their stall since the current food centre was in operation, so I guess this visit was a clean slate. These guys are even on the most inescapable social media web of our time today.

What I do remember vividly was the tangy broth flavored predominantly by the picked mustard greens with a based of clean porky aroma that simmered just beneath the surface. What we got too, were the generous heapful of lean pork, stomach, liver, meatball and was that heart or tongue there? I'm guessing that in the past, the steaming bowl would have included cubes of pig blood as well. Those glutinous rice with chestnuts and stuffed in intestines what-you-call thems were pretty interesting. A foodcraft from yesteryears fading away as the decades move along.

1 comment:

ice said...

It's pig's heart. Love the kiam chye.