Nan Hwa Fishboat – Finally a second outlet after 88 years!
Nan Hwa Fishboat, one of the oldest fish head steamboat restaurants in Singapore, has unveiled its second outlet along Owen Road. Since 1927, they have been offering delicious and heartwarming fish head steamboat along North Bridge Road and have gained popularity among the locals, retaining many of their loyal customers nowadays.
Up till today, Nan Hwa is still driven by their mission to recapture the nostalgia of families and friends bonding over a traditional steamboat meal. Unlike other contemporary gas-stove steamboats, every steamboat here uses charcoal. The calling card here is the silky smooth and slurp-worthy fish soup, which takes over five hours to cook. It is prepared with the essence of fish bones and other secret ingredients. A potpourri of freshest fish and twelve quality ingredients then goes into the amazing soup. Nan Hwa’s original secret recipes have been passed down from generation to generation for over 88 years.
For the first time ever, you can enjoy premium live Long Hu fish head charcoal steamboat in a traditional fish head steamboat restaurant. A hybrid of the brown-marbled tiger grouper and giant grouper, this fish is bred and farmed in Singapore using state-of-the-art technologies. It has a firmer texture and thicker skin than its counterparts. The flavour is superbly sweet and does not boast the typical muddy taste of fish. Each Premium Dragon Grouper Fish Head Steamboat comes in three sizes – small ($38), medium ($48) and large ($68).
Nan Hwa also offers new delectable Zi Char dishes, which are available exclusively at their new outlet, in addition to their signature dishes from the flagship branch. These new dishes include crisp-fried prawn in golden pumpkin sauce (small – $18.80, medium – $28.80), champagne pork ribs (small – $12.80, medium – $18.80), stir-fried sambal sotong (small – $11.80, medium – $17.80), claypot drunken rice wine clam (small – $15.80, medium – $20.80) and many more.
My favourite is Dragon Grouper Shan Lao Hor Fun (small – $12, medium – $18). Despite its unappealing appearance, it’s delightful wok hei wins me over. All Zi Char dishes come in two sizes – small and medium. Only fish head steamboat offers customers the large size.
Nan Hwa Fishboat just opened their very first overseas branch in Jakarta, bringing one of Singapore’s most celebrated local cuisine to the world. Branches in Vietnam and Cambodia are in the pipeline to open for business in 2016.
Nan Hwa Fishboat
Address: 93/95 Owen Road Singapore 218907
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (lunch) and 5pm – 10pm (dinner) daily
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