Public Cafe is just another neighborhood coffee shop in the pleasant surroundings of Gurney Drive. Located next to the famed Song River Cafe, this coffee shop is a favorite spot for me as it has a stall that serves up both delicious yet reasonable seafood noodles and porridge.

Take a pick from the striking mix of ingredients and several types of noodles.  The prices varies according to the seafood ingredients, with pawns, crabs, paddy frogs (tin kai/chui kay) and varieties of fish.

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Piping hot bowl of Seafood Noodle

We ordered a number of dishes from the available range, starting with the crab noodle. The claypot came boiling hot filled with thick beehoon (rice vermicelli), pieces of crab, cabbage, choy sum and garnished with spring onions and fried garlic.

The thick beehoon was satisfyingly al dente while the soup was simply marvelous, packed with the sweetness of the crab. The crab was quite huge and there were plenty of fresh and succulent sweet meat to go around for everyone. I even went for a second bowl!

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The steamy bowl of thin beehoon was cooked with a few prawns along with thick pieces of fish, cabbage and choy sum. Even though I enjoyed the deliciously sweet broth with the fresh bouncy prawn, the beehoon was a bit hard and coarse. It would have been better if the beehoon was prepared with a softer texture.

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Followed up was two types of stir-fried noodles, both with harmonious suite of flavors from the plentiful seafood. The round yellow mee was given a hokkien char version, slightly wet while the fine mee tiau was dried-fried. The accompanied sambal added spiciness to the two dishes.

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Hokkien char version, an all time favourite

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Fried Mee-Tiau was equally good

We chose the porridge cooked with fish. The robust fish soup with pieces of fresh fish was delightfully flavored with light seasoning. The porridge was more like rice on watery clear broth. Chopped coriander, spring onions and a dash of pepper topped off the dish perfectly.

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Apart from the noodle and porridge, there are other dishes on the menu as well. We topped off the meal with some stir- fried dishes of green Kai-lan and the tofu with leeks, which proved to be excellent additions to the meal.

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If you are looking for seafood porridge and noodles along Gurney Drive, do try out this stall. Click here for the Map Location. I have yet to see a menu around but the prices of the food can be seen on the simple menu written on the board.

Besides this stall, another stall that serves similarly delicious seafood noodle and porridge would be Lam Kei.

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Public Cafe
Gurney Drive

Business Hour : Late afternoon till night

Closed on Tuesday

* This is a reproduction of my article published in New Straits Times


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7 comments so far


looks good..should pay a visit next round when back…

December 16th, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wau..the crab porridge look good. if by any chance you got an opportunity to Nibong Tebal, try out Cheng Ho Crap Porridge, which is really tasty.

December 16th, 2010 at 10:22 am

Woo…more than 13 years haven’t been there already…should go one day…

December 16th, 2010 at 7:45 pm

There’s just something healthy and nutritious feeling about freshly made seafood noodles and fish porridge.

Warms the belly and the heart, it does! :)

December 19th, 2010 at 3:08 pm

I just can’t resist for a good plate of Teo Chew Mee Teow.

December 20th, 2010 at 10:04 am

these seafood noodles looks good will try it when I am back. BTW my mom used to sells wan tan mee & Tua Pan Koay Teow in Public Cafe back in the 80′s. This place is special to me.

December 21st, 2010 at 6:50 am

your posting are excellent,

January 5th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

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