Geylang is perhaps regarded by most locals as the epicentre of Singapore's flesh trade - dirty spas, seedy brothels, less than legal prostitution rackets and whatnot abound. Then again initiated gluttons will have you duly educated about a supper scene thriving amidst one festering mix of sex, drugs and sleaze. On any given late evening boisterous patrons throng popular eateries and cookhouses across sin city till wee hours; ostensibly with great food and even better company folks never go gentle into that good night.

Might legitimate hawker legends hail from the red light district? We went prowling for answers, hoping to be pleasantly impressed. Presented herein are our thoughts surrounding Lorong 19's Eminent Frog Porridge (明辉田鸡粥) visited this time round.

Kermit's distant cousins harvested, skinned and dismembered, then cooked in a multitude of ways: kung pao, boiled, stir-fried, herbed up....you name it. Moist bulbs of protein laden, almost fat free exotic amphibian flesh sizzling to the nth degree within earthen pots being churned out to feed swarms of convivial diners literally from dusk till dawn (5pm-4am) each day - that's what 16-year-old Eminent Frog Porridge does best, in fact it did so well Monsieur Bibendum himself came knocking twice (Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient - 2018, 2019).

Slimy made yummy - saluting your wallets @8 bucks per carcass; get 1 free for every 2 purchased

Sampling and thoughts:

Many say frogs resemble chicken texture-wise, for us they actually tasted more chicken than chicken: succulent, easily stripped from the bone meat mantled in some very dark, full-bodied sweet sauce (we ordered the frog with spring onions btw) slurp-worthy to the last drop. Accompanied by hot Cantonese style porridge which turned out subtly aromatic thanks to a drizzle of sesame oil but could have been less gummy overall, this was a satisfying affair that adequately nourished chilly constitutions recent wet weekends wrought. It took 9 chazzwozzers altogether, but we got there.

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Score: 8.2/10

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Location

323 Lorong 19 Geylang Rd
Singapore 389359