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Cher Kee Chiang, 74, has been cooking porridge for the last 38 years. He was the second-generation owner of a Cantonese chok joint originally started by his wife’s uncle in 1968 – at the corner of Eng Watt St and Tiong Poh Road in Tiong Bahru where Ah Chiang’s HQ joint is located – but it was a “no-name” operation back then.

The hawker sold the business in 2005 and it was renamed Ah Chiang's Porridge, but Kee Chiang stayed on as a cook at the Tiong Bahru HQ (the other outlets in Toa Payoh, JEM and Hillion mall are franchises). 

Now, he has struck out on his own with longtime customer-turned-biz partner Bernard Tan, 49, who’s been eating at Ah Chiang’s flagship outlet at nearby Tiong Poh Road for the last fifteen years. Very nearby, in fact – Old Shifu Charcoal Porridge opened on May 28 less than three minutes’ walk away, according to Google Maps.
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Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that the prices at Ah Chiang’s Porridge flagship Tiong Bahru outlet are cheaper than those at Old Shifu Charcoal Porridge. We apologise for the oversight.

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