Xin Yuan Ji – Excellent & Affordable Fish Soup in Bugis
We’ve all encountered a bland soup with frail pieces of fish being passed off as a bowl of tasty fish soup.
Thankfully, Xin Yuan Ji’s fish soup is nothing like that.
Located in the bustling CBD, Xin Yuan Ji is extremely popular with the working crowd. This means that it’s difficult to get seats during lunchtime. Xin Yuan Ji has a decently big space and air-conditioning, so you can look forward to a comfortable lunch here.
I ordered the Sliced Fish Soup Bee Hoon ($5.80+) and the Fried Snapper Fish Soup ($8.90+, extra 50 cents for rice). For drinks, I went for Mama ($1.80+), a homemade combination of sour plum and lime, and Papa ($1.80+), a mix of lime and barley. I chuckled when the waiter came over and said, “here’s Papa and Mama”.
The Sliced Fish Soup Bee Hoon ($5.80+) caught my attention immediately. Just a spoonful of the soup was all it took for me to list this very bowl of fish soup as one of the best that I’ve had. The firm slices of fish were not too thin and did not break apart easily. The soup was flavourful, and carried the natural sweetness of fish and vegetables. $5.80? What an incredibly good deal.
The Fried Snapper Fish Soup ($8.30+) paraded generous chunks of fried fish. Usually, fried fish is encased in a thick batter, but at Xin Yuan Ji, the juicy pieces of fish were enveloped in a delightfully light and crisp batter.
I asked for milk in my soup, so it was creamier, smoother, and sweeter. The delicate flavours of the fish and vegetables were not overshadowed by the taste of the milk.
The Papa ($1.80+) and Mama ($1.80+) are literally what they’re described to be. The Mama resembled iced lemon tea, with notes of sour plum. I also enjoyed the Papa, which combined the thickness of barley with the appetizing acidity of lime.
Yay to a satisfying and healthy lunch which will power you through the rest of the work day!
Xin Yuan Ji (新源记)
Address: 31 Tan Quee Lan Street #01-01 Singapore 188117
Phone: +65 6334 4086
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 11pm Daily
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