Located in an unassuming alley along Maude Road, Wan He Lou is famous for its lobster porridge.

Signature Lobster Porridge

Wan He Lou’s Signature Lobster Porridge costs $42 for 450g, $65 for 700g. We got the smaller portion, which came with one whole lobster split in half, and a large portion of porridge that could easily feed four people.

As indulgent as lobster could be, the star of this dish was actually the porridge. Having absorbed all the essence from the lobster, it was flavourful without being overwhelming. Before you know it, you’re on your fifth bowl. The porridge also wasn’t too filling, as it was cooked Teochew style, with loose rice grains in a rich golden broth, which was enhanced with lobster roe and other ingredients..

The porridge was inspired by the founder’s diving trip off the shores of Desaru. Chef Lau Siaw Dee was out on his routine holiday when he caught a lobster, and decided to cook it for dinner. Since they were on an isolated island, the only other ingredient Chef Lau could acquire was some rice. This marked the birth of the lobster porridge, and inspired Chef Lau to refine the dish after the trip.

Other dishes from Wan He Lou

While you can easily rise to fame with one dish, it’s hard to sustain a good reputation for a long time. Wan He Lou is also a hotspot for many Singaporean celebrities. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the photos they printed on their wall!

A great snack to go with the lobster porridge is the Crispy Lotus with Salted Egg ($11.9 for small, $19.9 for medium). The thickness of the lotus chips varied, which resulted in different texture. Some were crispy, while others were slightly softer. But every piece was generously coated in an umami salted egg sauce. If you’re a fan of IRVINS, you have to get this.

Meanwhile, the Pork Chop with Black Truffle Sesame Sauce ($19.9), their signature dish, was perfectly cooked. The pork chop was tender. However, the truffle sesame sauce was a touch too salty. Its saving grace was that it was extremely fragrant with truffle and sesame, and both elements worked surprisingly well with each other.

We ended the meal with one of the best Thai Coconut Pudding ($9.9) in Singapore. Extremely fragrant, prepared with the right amount of sugar level. It was also interesting how there were two layers of pudding — one made with coconut milk and the other one made with coconut water. The coconut water pudding, which was at the bottom, tasted slightly less rich, but more refreshing.

Wan He Lou

Location: 65 Maude Road, Singapore 208347
Tel: +65 8189 9755
Opening hours:
11am-2:30pm; 5-10:30pm

*This article is written in partnership with Wan He Lou, but all opinions are of our own

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