Famous fish soup stalls worth queuing at
Fish soup has always been my go-to hawker dish because it’s one of the healthier options that still manages to keep me feeling full and satisfied at a kopitiam. Furthermore, having a piping hot bowl of fish soup on a cold, rainy day is kinda like getting a warm hug from the inside out. We’ve compiled a list of 10 famous fish soups in Singapore that are worth a try if you consider yourself a hawker food lover. Almost every stall featured has at least a 30-minute waiting time during mealtimes but you know what they say, good things come to those who wait.
1. Han Kee Fish Soup
Han Kee Fish Soup has one of the longest queues at Amoy Street Food Centre during lunch hour and fish soup fans will know why. The soup here is clear and light, yet sweet and flavourful. It gets even better when you have it with the thick slices of fresh fish served together. Prices start at $5, and the generous portion of fish makes the 30-minute wait so worth it. The queue starts forming as early as 11am, so be one of the kiasu ones if you want to get your lunch ASAP.
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-129, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 3pm
2. Piao Ji Fish Porridge
The competition is real at Amoy Street. Located along the next aisle from Han Kee is Piao Ji Fish Porridge, with a queue that’s just as long. Topped with deep-fried pork lard, fried garlic, and shallots, the soup here is full-bodied and very savoury. If you prefer stronger flavours, you’ll like this more than Han Kee, but those who are used to lighter fish soups may find this a little on the greasy side. A bowl here will set you back $7 to $12 – which is pretty pricey for hawker fare – but they use pomfret fish so that’s a considerably reasonable sum for this hearty dish.
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-100/103, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11am to 3:30pm
3. Blanco Court Fried Fish Soup
Blanco Court Fish Meat Noodles is all about the fried stuff, so this is definitely not a go-to for a light meal. Their signature Fried Fish Bee Hoon Soup ($5.50) features chunky pieces of fish fried with a thin coat of batter, giving each piece a firm exterior instead of the usual spongy coating. The soup is rich and milky, but the best part about this stall is the deep-fried egg floss that they add to give the soup an extra oomph.
Address: 339 Beach Road, Luk Lu Eating House, Singapore 199567
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 7:30pm
4. Wang Yuan Fish Soup
Trust young hawkers to make something as simple as fish soup fancy. Wang Yuan Fish Soup takes plain ol’ sliced fish soup up a couple of notches with ingredients such as salmon, tobiko, squid, oyster, and lobster! A standard bowl of sliced fish soup is $4 to $5, while premium ones go at $5 to $15 depending on the type of fish and toppings you pick. For the health-conscious ones, they offer alternatives such as brown rice, multigrain noodles, and even charcoal noodles!
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Address: 866A Tampines Street 83, Level 2, Chang Cheng Food Court, Tampines Central Community Complex, Singapore 520866
Opening hours: Sat-Thur 11:30am to 7:30pm, Fri 9am to 3pm
Tel: 8112 4033
5. Xin Yuan Ji
Gather your friends and go for Xin Yuan Ji’s signature Charcoal Fish Meat Steamboat. Prices range from $40 to $80 depending on the portion, and you’ll get to choose between red snapper and red grouper. The soup is cooked over charcoal fire, which adds a pleasant smokiness to its rich and sweet flavour, and the best part is that it’s free-flow! If you’re not one to share and want a whole bowl to yourself, go for Fresh/Fried Fish Mee Hoon Soup ($5.80+) or Mixed Fish Mee Hoon Soup ($8.80+).
Address: 31 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-01, Singapore 188117
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 11:30am to 11:30pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am to 12am
Tel: 6334 4086
6. First Street Teochew Fish Soup
First Street Teochew Fish Soup offers a broth that is flavourful yet light on the palate. Go for the simple Batang Sliced Fish Soup ($5.50/$7.50/$9.50) or the premium Red Garoupa Sliced Fish Soup ($8/$10) for more tender fish slices. Add rice, porridge or mee sua to your meal at an additional $0.50. Also, make sure to ask for minced meat in your soup! It’s mixed with dried sole fish and will add an extra depth of flavour and texture to your dish.
Address: 1014 Upper Serangoon Road, Double One Kopitiam, Singapore 534752
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 3pm
7. Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup
Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup is run by an old couple, and they only have one item on their menu – Black & White Fish Soup ($6/$8). Black stands for the slices of fried fish in the soup, and white represents the fresh fish slices; any special requests will be promptly rejected by the uncle. They only serve rice when it comes to carbs, so don’t head down with hopes of having beehoon with your fish soup. All these peculiarities aside, their cloudy soup is robust and has quite a strong taste of ginger. Their house-made chilli sauce is thick, zesty, and spicy – great for dunking those chunky fish slices in!
Address: 166 Jalan Besar, #02-44, Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 3pm
8. Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon
Check out Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon the next time you’re at Maxwell Food Centre. All variations of fish soup here, be it sliced or fried fish, with or without noodles, cost $4 or $5 per bowl. If you can’t decide, go for their fried fish soup because each piece of fish soaks up their full-bodied, almost creamy, broth wonderfully without turning too soggy.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-77, Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 8pm
9. Mr Fish
The owners of Mr Fish say they don’t add milk into their broth, and it’s easy to see why some doubt their claim. The secret to their Fish Head Bee Hoon ($5) lies in the traditional Cantonese method of frying fish and pork bones before boiling them for hours to get that fragrant and milky broth. The pieces of deep-fried fish head offered here are chunky and crisp, but if you prefer not to fuss with bones, they have Sliced Fish Bee Hoon ($4.50) with fresh fish slices as well.
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-73, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9029 7508
10. Hup Lee Eatery Fish Soup
Arcade Fish Soup is one of the most popular fish soup stalls in the CBD. When lunch hour strikes, the queue for this fish soup snakes out of the eatery and goes around to the back entrance of The Arcade. Sliced, fried, and mixed fish bee hoon go at $6.50 per bowl, and each portion comes with thick slices of batang fish. What sets this stall apart from other fish soup places is the slices of preserved mustard greens that enhance the savoury broth. Load up on their house-made fried garlic and tangy chilli sauce to round off this hearty meal.
Address: 11 Collyer Quay, #01-35/36, Hup Lee Eatery, The Arcade, Singapore 049317
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 3:30pm, Sat 10am to 2pm
Tel: 9380 5620
Feast on fish soup
The effort that goes into boiling fish bones for hours on end to produce a satisfying bowl of soup makes these worth queuing for. If you’re more of a prawn mee or nasi lemak fan, check out our list of cheap and good prawn mee or sedap nasi lemak!