Monday, March 09, 2009

Vanishing Singaporean Hand-made Sausages - RT

Delicious sliced pork sausage, deep-fried tofu and meat roll with chilli and sweet gooey dip

A prominent businessman brought me to this hawker stall for an afternoon snack after a conference. This stall is famous for its hand-made Hokkien ngoh hiang (5-spice meat roll), liver rolls, egg lard cakes and my favourite pork sausage.

This pork sausage is one traditional Chinese food that is hard to find in urban Singapore. It is too tedious to make. Using lean pork marinated using their secret family recipe, the pork sausage here is tender and super delicious. They even have the special sweet and not so pink gooey dip!

Hip Mr Teo Ho Soon and his uberlicious pork sausage! :D

Owner Mr Teo Ho Soon (age 52) is the 3rd generation in this family business. His wife and son help out at the stall. They have been selling ngoh hiang using his family recipe, which had been passed down from his grandfather, for almost a century.

Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guan Chang

Mr Teo starts preparation at 4 am daily. As the snacks are hand-made the traditional way and cooked from generations-old recipes, they require too much work and time to make. As a result, no one is interested in continuing the business. It could disappear one day. What a pity.


These are the variety of snacks sold at Mr Teo's stall. Ingredients are fresh. Prices are reasonable. Expect to wait as he has many orders. :)

Do remember to try their fried chicken wings too. :)

Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guan Chang
Maxwell Road #01-97
Opens: 11am - 8pm; closed on Mondays


First Commenter - Lina


58 comments:

  1. Definitely something I'll avoid. :D

    But I bet their business is booming.

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  2. Aiya, I thought I can come in first. :P

    Just joking. A pity nowadays I avoid red meat. I think I would only try once for the novelty and the thought about eating hand-made sausages. :)

    Actually there may be people interested in his business....but he may need to look beyond his family members?

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  3. All these posts about food are doing no good to my waistline ECL! :)

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  4. It may turn to dependence to foreign workers. Like here in Malaysia, most hawker stall I see is manned by foreigners and only the bosses are local.

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  5. Lina,
    They have their pool of regulars and die-hard fans but I'm worried the recipes will be lost one day.

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  6. oceanskies,
    haha.... you are also trying for FC?

    I would encourage you to try these traditional snacks once. They are hard to come by and might disappear one day.

    We ought to give people like Mr Teo our support for his dedication and passion to keeping vanishing local snacks alive as long as he could.

    Probably he might consider selling his family's secret recipes.

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  7. A.
    haha... they are not doing good to my waistline either. :)

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  8. Lina,
    You're right.

    I'm seeing the trend here too. Many foreigners are hired to cook and serve at these stalls. I hope they can maintain the traditional favour of the food and will continue to serve our local eats.

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  9. Yes pork sausage is our traditional food, it's really nice too XD

    I just hope that someone from my generation would take up the sausage-making skill, my culinary skills aren't good if not I'd definitely learn it given a chance.

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  10. It's great that you found someone who still makes those quality, homemade sausages. I admire people who continue making recipes handed down to them by their family.

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  11. JL,
    You like it too. :)

    It is time consuming to make our own sausage. I'm put off by it too. :P

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  12. Rachel,
    Yes, I admire this man for his dedication. And he maintains his high standards which is admirable.

    Imagine waking up at 4am to cook for others. He might be rewarded when there are many customers but he could have paid someone to do the work.

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  13. My favourite SG food is Ngoh Hiang made by my mum !!! Mmmmmmm

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  14. Oh, thanks for the recommendation! Traditional hand made sausages are a rarity nowadays. I will visit it if I go Singapore! : )

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  15. If I ever find myself in Singapore, I'll make it a point to look them up. But you'll show me the way to get there won't you?

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  16. That's one of the drawbacks of technology, people are getting lazy to work with their hands.

    Ditto with Mojo, if I ever visit Singapore, I'll make sure I look for you and we'll both enjoy the snacks at Mr. Teo's. :D

    Happy WS!

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  17. Oh yum....haven't had these for a long time.

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  18. Sher,
    Of course Mom's home-cooked meals are the best!! :D

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  19. foongpc,
    With lots of mass factory produced snacks, this is special. Try it before it disappears forever. :)

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  20. Mojo,
    My pleasure.

    You know Anthony Bourdain eats at this hawker centre when he comes to Singapore?

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  21. liza,
    Factory produced snacks taste the same.

    Please contact me if you're coming to Singapore. I'll bring you for some great food and sights. :)

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  22. Doreen,
    When you come to Singapore, you have to try this. I wonder if you can find this in NZ?

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  23. ECL I do remember this sausage and this particular dish but,and you can pinch me lah, I found it a bit plain and the secret to me was in the delicious 'dip' sauce.Otherwise the sausage and fried tofu were bland.And silly me found the colour of the sausage unatural and scary.JMO of course.Or maybe I'm confusing it with another dish.I'm quite ignorant and only liked the lap cheong sausage.I can't remember if it was of hokkien or teochew origin.
    Once again a very interesting and mouthwatering article!

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  24. This is yet another interesting eatery. Although I avoid eating pork...this might be something I can try once.

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  25. feel like taking a bite myself. the more traditional way it is prepared making it most delicious of all. :D

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  26. DROOL.....
    Can't get these goodies in HK.. :(
    You are making me homesick again!

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  27. Hello ECL i have never had this before but it looks good. Have a great week.

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  28. It took my entire childhood till I was an adult to finally dare put the gooey pink dip into my mouth!! :P
    But I love those pork sausages definitely!! :P

    p/s: I ditched Starhub and hop over to Singnet mah, took them 1 week *pulls.hair*

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  29. Yeah! I like these!

    BTW, do they have the ngo hiang look alike rolls made with grated yam instead? I love them!

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  30. Waaah, super delicious! Food in Singapore really is more than fantastic. It's so hard to lose weight here @#$&*@#.....:-) Angie

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  31. jean,
    This pork sausage is tasty and flavourful by itself. The chilli dip and gooey sweet dip make the bland fried tofu and egg cakes more tasty.

    The red food colouring is supposed to make it attractive. lol

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  32. Jade,
    Try it once. They have other tasty snacks as well.

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  33. To me Singapore is an exotic dream, which you certainly make even more thrilling.
    I'd love to go shopping food there.
    From Felisol.

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  34. sounds like the fat sausages are selling like hot cakes. i think i would rather try their chicken wings instead.

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  35. I'm coming to visit ECL...get ready. that looks so yummy!!:-)

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  36. Looks delicious ! (but in Finland is the best sausage ;)

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  37. Nice look at fast food in Singapore.
    Looks delicious. Thank you for visiting my RT! :)

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  38. Isn't this dish called "loh bak". That's what we call it here, with all kinds of fried sausages, fish balls etc which you dip into the accompanying sauce.

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  39. Oh those Singapore specialties look just amazing. I would like to visit that shop...too bad its so far away! Yum!

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  40. oh wow! i am drooling just reading your post! i sure missed this when we visited Singa:(

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  41. Ummm, red chili sauce. I love that stuff. Nice photos.

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  42. So many people don't want to be bothered cooking complicated food, so it's lucky to find a place like this...

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  43. What a treasure, and such a shame that that kind of traditional knowledge is disappearing.

    The butcher down the road from me makes homemade sausage too, but not all the time. It's a real challenge to catch it in stock.

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  44. What a great set of photos, a wonderful food journey.

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  45. looks like a great place!! you could do ads you know - you have the knack :)

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  46. I love sausages! My favorites are Italian, Polish and German ones.
    Never had Singaporean sausage! I'm sure it's very good!

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  47. I have patronised that ngoh hiang stall at Maxwell Road a number of times and I can vouch that the food is delicious.

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  48. I am no fan of sausages :D Ironically I live in Vienna lol. Have a nice week!

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