Mr Fish @ Chinatown – One Sip and You Know It’s Worth It!
I am a huge fan of fish soup. A foodie I knew online introduced me to a famous fish soup stall in Chinatown Smith Street food centre. She said that it was the best fish soup that she has ever eaten. The stall, apparently, does not add milk to their soup. The gullible me believed her words and went to try it, only to be disappointed. Where got no milk? The amount of milk and sesame oil added into the soup was so overwhelming! Moral of the story: some reviews really cannot be trusted. So, I told my friend, Melvin, about the incident and he said, “Let me introduce you to a super good fish soup stall that everyone raves about!” I was still skeptical and replied, “Sure or not?”
This time, I was really impressed.
Mr Lee, the owner of Mr Fish, only started selling fish soup in Chinatown about 2 years ago. It is a family-run business. His son, Alan, who works as an IT specialist at night helps in the stall almost every day and is now doing most of the cooking. Considering that there are so many fish soup stalls in Chinatown, it is really brave of Mr Fish to enter the competitive scene here. They are not newcomers in the F&B industry, and came in strong. They used to run a zi char in stall at Henderson Road. When they found a stall in Chinatown, they decided to just focus on doing Cantonese-style fish dishes. Think Fish Soup, Black Bean Sliced Fish Hor Fun, Braised Bittergourd and Sliced Fish etc.
We waited for about half an hour on a Saturday afternoon for our dishes to arrive. When the Fish Head Bee Hoon ($5) finally arrived at my table, the aroma from the piping hot fish stock caught my attention immediately. The team first fries the fish bones, before boiling them for hours to achieve that creaminess and silky texture that the tasty soup possesses. The process is time consuming but they insist on not cutting corners – no milk is added. This one really got no milk lah, I am very sure because I am very “sensitive” to lactose products. It takes just one sip of the soup to know that it’s worth the wait. They are very generous, so you can expect huge chunks of fried fish and a decent portion of cabbage.
Besides the fish head bee hoon, the other bestseller is the Braised Bitter Gourd and Sliced Fish ($8). Cooked in a black bean sauce, the crunchy bitter gourd and fresh fish slices carried a distinct wok hei. The dish is really comforting and is best eaten with a bowl of white rice.
I went back a second time to try their black bean hor fun with sliced fish. I was glad that it’s not too salty, and the fish slices were fresh. However, it was a little too peppery for me. The only thing that irks me is the aunty who shouts in a high pitch voice everytime she gives instructions. I sat in front of the stall for 30 minutes and everytime she screamed, it scares the shit out of me. The old auntie and uncle, whom I shared a table with, shook their heads, complained a little, and just laughed it off. That’s the beauty of our hawker heritage, I guess.
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-073 Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: 10.00 am to 4.00 pm (Closed on Sundays)
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