136 Hong Kong Street Fish Head Steamboat – They are more famous for their Claypot Mee Tai Bak!
January 03, 2016
It was a cold and rainy Sunday evening. I was feeling under the weather and wanted something comforting to warm the body. Ahhh… that craving. Something slurpy and soupy would be good. I was googling for a bowl of mee tai bak near home and found “136 Hong Kong Street Fish Head Steamboat (136 香港街潮州鱼头炉)” on Burpple. Used to be in South bridge Road, this zi char stall has moved to Toa Payoh before locating at the current location in Clementi. Although the signboard shows that it’s known for their fish head steamboat, there is a wide array of zi char dishes that you can check it out too.
Century egg is a delicacy of acquired taste. I used to offer it to my overseas friends but the idea of having black egg that has smells like ammonia turn them off. Here, the chef deep fried the century egg to give it a mild crisp. Sweet & spicy sauce is drizzled over the century eggs which helps to cover up the ammonia odor and perfectly balances the rich, unctuous egg. It’s interesting to see century eggs ($8) being deep-fried, you can the subtle crunch with creamy yolk. This is great for those who do not have the guts to savour it plain.
Hands up if you are a fan of mee tai mak. *both hands up* If given a choice, I like to eat minced meat noodles and fish ball noodles with mee tai mak. When we arrived, almost every table ordered their Claypot Mee Tai Mak. With a brilliant wok hei, it is a clear winner on hands with slippery mouse-tail noodles full of smokey aroma, thick umami gravy spiked with raw egg, prawns, minced meat and crunchy vegetables. It makes for a great comfort food this rainy season. Guess what, it’s only $5 per claypot, seriously worth every penny.
Every review I read online goes gaga over their Salted Egg Pork Ribs ($8). Honestly, it’s getting a bit boring for me but I ordered it anyway. Coated with salted egg mixture, it’s flavoured with curry leaves. Okay lah, tender pork ribs but nothing much to shout about the salted egg sauce. They also have coffee pork ribs.
Tender qing long cai ($10) is the most expensive dish for that night. The prices here are quite affordable and claypot mee tai bak is worth checking out. Not sure how is the steamboat, but I will check it out next time. The wait here can be long, so my advice is to come earlier or reserve a table and pre-order your dishes.
136 Hong Kong Street Fish Head Steamboat
Address: 713 Clementi West Street 2 #01-115, Singapore 120713
Phone: 9437 8260
Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm; 5pm - 10:45pm daily
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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