136 Hong Kong St Fish Head Steamboat – Bubbling Claypot Goodness
The fat boy in me bounced when I heard about Claypot Mee Tai Mak. So, we ended up at 136 Hong Kong St Fish Head Steamboat, which serves the claypot delicacy. The eatery has been in operation for over a decade. 136 was apparently the unit number of its first ever shop, which used to be at Upper Thomson.
Of course, we had to have the Special Braised Mee Tai Mak (Small $5, Med $8, Large $10). Every mouthful of Mee Tai Mak and gravy was delightfully filled with minced meat and traces of egg white. Though the texture of the silver needle noodle (or commonly known as mouse tail noodles) resembled that of hor fun, eating it was sure a lot less messy because it was smaller. The gravy struck a fine balance between sweet and salty, but it’ll be excellent if the gravy was thicker.
It’s Zi Char right, so we definitely ordered more than just the Special Braised Mee Tai Mak. The Cantonese Seafood Crispy Hor Fun with Egg (Small $4, Med $6, Large $8) comes separated – hor fun on one plate and the seafood gravy in a bowl. Stare in awe as the initially crispy hor fun softens as gravy is poured over it. I prefer the braised Mee Tai Mak over this dish, mainly because the gravy had a seafood odor which I didn’t like. Seafood lovers will, however, delight in the generous amount of sliced fish, prawns, squid and vegetables swimming in the gravy.
Their rendition of Pork Rib With Salted Egg (Small $10, Med $15, Large $20) comes without the splash of salted egg yolk gravy you’ll find usually. The coating of the meat was a tad soggy too. Fortunately, the meat was nicely moist. The salted egg yolk seasoning was also just right. I loved how the dish was ladened with fried curry leaves and chilli padi, which gave it a slightly spicy kick.
Indulge in this addictive Stir Fried Chicken with Special Paste (Small $10, Med $15 Large $20), which comprises small pieces of chicken coated in a thick, sweet seasoning, cooked with curry leaves and onions.
Usually, I’ll ditch the greens in zi char sessions but the Stir Fried Pak Choy with Garlic (Small $9, Med $12, Large $15) is not to be missed.
I am impressed by the selection of dishes available – there’s even ostrich meat! We ordered every dish in medium size, which was sufficient for 5 of us. If Upper Aljunied is too far for you, don’t fret because 136 Hong Kong restaurant also has another outlet in Clementi.
136 Hongkong St Fish Head Steamboat
Address: 1 Upper Aljunied Road (Joo Seng Road) #01-02 Singapore 360001
Phone: 6285 1017
Opening Hours: 11am to 2.30pm, 5pm to 11pm daily
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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