Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of umami fish soup? It’s comforting for the stomach and soul (particularly on a cool day), and is undoubtedly one in every of our favorite hawker dishes in Singapore.
Typically, there are two sorts of sliced fish soup obtainable in Singapore. The Teochew-style fish soup contains a mild, clear broth with fish, greens and beancurd, accompanied with rice or bee hoon.
Then, there are the milky broths (condensed milk is normally added) that include boiled and deep-fried slices of batang (mackerel), toman (snakehead) or pomfret — and in some circumstances even a fried fish head. These extra strong soups are typical of a Cantonese-style fish soup.
Whether or not you’re yearning for the Teochew-style or Cantonese-style fish soup, these hawker stalls and eating places needs to be in your record. They serve up a number of the island’s finest, most satisfying fish soups.
1. Han Kee Fish Soup at #02-129 Amoy Road Meals Centre
At first look, the clear broth seems to be weak, however a sip will change your thoughts. Han Kee’s stall minders are very beneficiant with the variety of fish slices dished out, even for the $5 portion, so that you get a fish soup that’s full of flavour, served with rice or bee hoon.
The broth is good with a sturdy umami style and because of recent coriander being added, additionally has delicate citrusy notes. This stall normally sells out inside a few hours of opening on weekdays.
2. Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup at #02-70 Hong Lim Market & Meals Centre
Paying $5 at this fish soup stall will get you a bowl full of thinly-sliced bittergourd, plump slices of batang fish and a fish broth that’s strong, candy and fragrant.
Laced with ginger and fried garlic, the flavours are extremely balanced, and the bittergourd slices present a slight crunch and a nice aftertaste. Add rice or mee sua for an extra $0.50.
3. Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon at #01-77 Maxwell Meals Centre and #01-120 Outdated Airport Meals Centre
That is one full-bodied, wealthy and creamy bowl. Milk is added to the broth by default, and there’s a trace of sweetness from shaoxing wine. Every bowl is cooked to order, so wait occasions could be lengthy.
We just like the combined fish soup ($6 and up) the place the fried slices take in the milky broth, whereas sliced fish and crunchy veggies present steadiness of flavour to the in any other case heavy dish. High quality is constant at each shops.
4. Piao Ji Fish Porridge at #02-100 Amoy Road Meals Centre
The queues start forming even earlier than the stall opens, though costs start at a hefty $7. We bought the princely bowl of fish and prawn soup ($10) that comes with two prawns, prawn heads, and toman fish slices (together with stomach cuts).
The broth itself is mild and clear, and there’s loads of flavour and crunch that come from recent greens and fried shallot bits.
The ginger-laced chilli on the facet is a scrumptious deal with that simply provides depth to the bowl. Rice is an add-on at $0.50 — you’ll want it to really feel full after queuing for that lengthy.
5. Ka-Soh Restaurant at 2 Faculty Highway, Alumni Medical Centre
The fish soup ($7.50 and up) is a best-seller at this Michelin Bib Gourmand tze char restaurant, and it’s straightforward to see why. Beneficiant lower slices of toman fish sit in a milky fish broth with slippery, thick bee hoon noodles.
The broth will get its creaminess from fried fish bones which were laboriously cooked for hours — no extra milk or milk powders have been added right here. Add a splash of white pepper or lower chilli padi for additional warmth.
6. Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat @ Balestier, 556 Balestier Highway
For a barely extra upscale bowl of fish soup, go for Whampoa Keng’s effervescent pot of Charcoal Fish Head Steamboat. Fish bones are intensively boiled together with a secret mixture of herbs, leading to a heady broth that’s smoky with charcoal aroma, and spicy with beneficiant lashings of white pepper.
On your steamboat, you get to decide on bucket pomfret, crimson garoupa or boneless bardan sliced fish.
Throughout the day, the identical scrumptious broth is served as less complicated bowls of sliced fish soup with toman fish, inexperienced veg and your alternative of bee hoon or rice ($8.90 and up).
7. Mr Fish at #02-73 Chinatown Advanced Market & Meals Centre
Right here, $5.50 will get you a bowl of sliced fish soup and a facet of rice. The star of the present is the opaque broth that’s milky, wealthy and has nice depth of flavour.
There is no such thing as a milk added — the broth’s color and richness comes from boiled fish bones. Every bowl is made to order, so anticipate to attend. We suggest springing for the $6 bowl of fish stomach soup with plump slices of flaky fish.
8. Blanco Courtroom Fried Fish Noodles at 325 Seaside Highway
With the 30-minute lunchtime queue, expectations do run excessive and, fortunately, the bowl doesn’t disappoint. The fried fish soup is hailed because the forte of this stall, however the easy steamed fish soup is simply nearly as good.
To get one of the best of each worlds, order the Blended Fish Soup ($6) the place beneficiant, plump slices of fish swim in an umami-heavy broth that contains a portion of milk.
It’s served with two sorts of chilli (the same old chilli padi in soya sauce, and a garlic-chilli-vinegar sauce) to steadiness the decadently fried bits. There are even bits of fried ikan bilis and fried egg floss swimming within the broth.
9. Yi Jia Teochew Fish Porridge and Soup at #01-66 Maxwell Meals Centre
You will get a bowl of fish soup with plump pomfret slices for $6 at this stall. The Teochew-style clear broth could be accented with fried bits of lard, thinly sliced ginger, chopped garlic and the same old chilli and soya sauce. Have it with rice, mee sua or bee hoon.
The worth of premium pomfret at such low costs is a giant draw, and so anticipate wait occasions to be lengthy throughout peak hours. The stall additionally tends to promote out of its dishes inside a few hours.
10. Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup at #02-44 Jalan Berseh Meals Centre
There is just one factor on this menu — a combined fish soup of fried and boiled slices of toman fish, swimming in a murky broth ($6 and up). The accompaniments are simply as austere, as simply rice and chilli are on provide.
However every part is completed nicely, and the stall normally sells out inside just a few hours of opening. This soup is wealthy, and milky with out the addition of milk, and the calamansi-laced chilli is recent and piquant. Our solely gripe is that there have been too many fried fish slices within the soup, making the meal somewhat heavy and cloying. Nonetheless, it’s a tasty bowl.
This text was first revealed in Her World Online.