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Pig’s Head Terrine (De Tao Chang)
Pig’s Head Terrine (De Tao Chang)

Lee Kui (Ah Hoi) Restaurant
8-10 Mosque Street

Older generations of Teochews loathed to waste food so not even the pig’s head is spared. They would chop it up, mix it with aromatic spices like star anise, cinnamon and cloves, and compact it with gelatin made from the pig’s skin before chilling it. It is thinly sliced and is drier and tougher than the other cold Teochew dish, the pork knuckle aspic (Ter Ka Dang).

According to one of the owners of Ah Hoi, a Teochew family restaurant with a heritage of 44 years, the supply of pig’s head is not as abundant as before, so pork meat is also added.

This terrine is usually served with a tangy garlic and chilli dip and can be eaten as a breakfast with porridge, or paired with beer or tea.

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