Soon Seng Seafood – Ulu Location, But Delicious Assam Fish Head!
Soon Seng Seafood is a zi char stall located deep within an industrial estate in Tampines. Public bus services don’t serve this area, so it’s best if you drive. Alternatively, you can make use of the free bike sharing services to get here.
The 7-month-old zi char stall, which is owned by Leo and Ruide, specialises in seafood dishes and fish head steamboat. Leo’s parents run the famous Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee 海南福建炒虾面 stall at Golden Mile Food Centre.
From the nearest bus stop, just outside SAFRA Tampines, it takes just a 10-minute bicycle ride through the industrial park to get to the canteen that houses Soon Seng Seafood.
The Assam Fish Head (market price) features red snapper fish head, more commonly known as ang gor li, that is first boiled, before it is drenched in the stall’s homemade assam sauce. The dish also comes with a medley of vegetables such as lady fingers, brinjal and even petai!
Although the fish head was a tad overcooked, the flavours of the assam was very enjoyable. It wasn’t too spicy, and boasted that distinct tanginess. The sweet and salty flavours were also very well balanced, and the sauce went very well with plain white rice.
I liked how the stall added petai into their assam fish head, When bitten into, the stinky fragrance of the petai complements the flavours of the assam sauce beautifully.
If you’re looking for a quick one-dish meal, Soon Seng Seafood offers that as well. We tried their Salted Egg Yolk Pork Ribs with Rice ($6). The stall helper shared that they make their own salted egg sauce, so you know you’re getting the real deal here. The pork ribs had a good balance of lean meat and fat, and it wasn’t stringy. We loved that the pork ribs were coated generously with the salted egg yolk sauce.
If you’re willing the brave the storm, or rather, the heat, Soonseng Seafood Steamboat is definitely a great place for a simple zi char dinner.
Soon Seng Seafood
Address: Blk 9007, Tampines Street 93, Singapore 528841
Phone: 8419 2021
Opening Hours: Weekdays: 11am to 2pm, 4.30pm to 10.30pm, Weekends: 2pm to 10.30pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.