Ah Orh Teochew Fish Head Steamboat Opens in Bedok Reservoir Road
Ah Orh Seafood Restaurant is a familiar name to many Singaporeans. This family-run restaurant has been in business since 1919. Their main outlet in Jalan Bukit Merah serves a wide variety of fresh seafood prepared in old-fashioned Teochew style. I have good news for fans of Ah Orh! They have recently opened a zi-char stall selling Teochew fish head steamboat in Bedok (same coffeeshop as one of our favourite Nasi Padang stall).
The Pomfret Steamboat ($58) is an umami bomb, thanks to the addition of dried flatfish (ti-po) which makes the broth extremely tasty. Simmered over charcoal, the natural flavours of the fresh ingredients shine, and the rich broth has a distinct and robust smokiness that you can’t find at many fish head steamboat places. Even though the price is slightly on the high side, you get a generous portion of fresh pomfret slices, yam and cabbage. If you prefer something meatier, go for the Red Grouper Steamboat ($48).
Get some of their other well-liked zi char dishes, such as Sambal Lala ($12 / $18), Yam Ring ($18) and Prawn Roll ($12 / $18). I love their deceptively simple Teochew Style Cold Prawns ($18 / $28). They are so fresh, sweet and crunchy!
I loved the Oyster Omelette ($13 / $18) at their original outlet. Unfortunately, it was disappointing when I had it at Bedok Reservoir. The oysters were not as plump and juicy, and the large fried omelette wasn’t as puffy as it should be. The gravy was a little bland but I believe it could be a teething issue and they will get better.
On the other hand, I fell in love with their Minced Meat Tofu ($12 / $18). It was intense and packed with umami (probably from the addition of preserved vegetables). It tasted so good with rice and even as I am typing this, I am salivating.
Another dish I would recommend is the Teochew Fried Kway Teow with chopped Kailan and preserved chye poh. Cooked with a splash of their savoury soy sauce, the slippery kway teow was full of wok hei.
We went on the third day of their opening and waited close to 45 minutes for the food to arrive. But it was definitely worth the wait because the food sure did not disappoint in terms of flavour.
Ah Orh Teochew Fish Head Steamboat
Address: 739 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470739
Mobile: 8013 8262
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm daily.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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