Relocating (again) just a few days ago to Block 107 Jalan Bukit Merah S(160107), Ye Shang Hai is well-known for dishing out high quality food at economical prices till the wee hours of the morning. It is no wonder then that the restaurant is even more sought after by taxi drivers. โฃ
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Not to be confused with ๅคœๆฅ้ฆ™ which has since occupied one of their previous locations at Bukit Merah View with a very similar facade, Ye Shang Hai is widely known for its (apparently) 97-year-old boss who consistently spots a hip and swanky fashion style and tongue-in-cheek humour. โฃ
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Having tried other Teochew porridge restaurants in the past, I didn't think much about it even as online reviews raved about it. Honestly, how good can Teochew porridge get right? And so, while it was on my wishlist I certainly did not go out of my way to patronise the restaurant. Thankfully for all of us that day though, we happened to be in the area.โฃ
I was genuinely shocked by the quality and value of all of the food we had, leading us to a second order shortly after. Their ๅคไธ‰ๅฑ‚่‚‰ (Braised Pork Belly), ๅคง่‚  (Large Intestines) and ่’ธ่‚‰็ƒ (Steamed Meatballs) deserves special mention. โฃWhile the braised pork belly was outright tough, its sweet umami glaze was addictive enough to convert me. The large intestines were mind-blowingly good as it spotted a juicy and fleshy texture and had absolutely no stench at all, easily the best intestines I've ever eaten. I learnt that the fleshy texture here was no accident as Chefs who are more devoted to their craft would spend time stuffing intestines within each other to artificially make them more plump. While I did find their meatballs decent, it was not something that caught my tastebuds. Nonetheless, my dining companions were pretty unanimous that it was one of the best meatballs they've had. To be sure, the bulk of the dishes were too saltish on their own, but it's due to this over-seasoning that makes them exceptional accompaniments to the otherwise neutral tasting porridge.โฃ
Currently, they are offering an ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€. Ordering about 10 dishes that day, the total cost came up to $39 for 5 of us and already, it seemed like we were having a buffet. ๐—œ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ, ๐—œ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€.
Price: 10/10
Taste: 8.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Overall: 9/10