It’s the last day of 2013 and we were looking for a place for lunch. Ended up in Toa Payoh, and since we were looking for some light food, we strolled to Toa Payoh garden and visited Oasis Taiwan Porridge!
It has been quite a while since we visited and we have always been a fan of the Taiwan porridge here because it serves cockles! This bloody (literally) shell delicacy goes so well with the plain smooth porridge! And also because this place is never crowded, has a great view of Toa Payoh Lake, and most importantly, has air-con! You see, when you eat piping hot porridge, you don’t want to be in a air-con-less place because that makes you sweat profusely and its uncomfortable.
This place has a great ambiance and the tables are not cramped together, which gives patrons enough ‘breathing space’. There are not too much parking space though so for those who drives, you may have to park at the nearby Toa Payoh Stadium, and take a short walk.
We ordered Half Herbal Kampong Chicken (药材山芭鸡), Chyepoh Omelette (菜脯煎蛋), Oasis Special Tofu (海京豆腐), and of course Cockles with Special Sauce (五味血蛤) to wash down with free-flow sweet potato porridge!
The chicken was tender and juicy but did not have enough herbal taste for it to be called herbal chicken. The chyepoh omelette was the usual favourite which goes very well with the porridge. The special tofu was a big piece of oblong tofu which was deep-fried and topped with minced meat and soy sauce. The skin was very crispy with the deep-frying and makes a very crunchy bite into the soft tofu interior. The cockles are of course the star of the day and we loved the special sauce that’s splashed generously over the top.