Fish head steamboat in Singapore
Fish head steamboat has been a weekly staple for my family since I was a kid. I remember my mum cycling to Whampoa Market with a metal container and dapao-ing the fish head steamboat broth back. In the comfort of our home, my siblings and I would greedily slurp up the soup and fought for second servings. It was the kind of soup you would crave for on a chilly day to warm yourself up. For all of you who have never tried this before, here are 10 places to go to for fish head steamboat in Singapore.
1. Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat
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Even with three branches, the owners of Whampoa Keng manage to maintain the quality of their steamboat at each store. Their addictive broth is made from over 30 ingredients, which give the soup a balanced flavour. Their Fish Head Steamboat with Bardan fish slices (from $40) is usually my go-to order, but they do offer other types of fish such as Red Garoupa (from $50). The use of charcoal is probably the reason for the broth’s robust smokiness, which I feel makes it taste better.
Address: 556 Balestier Road, Singapore 329872
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11:30pm
Tel: 6356 7371
2. Nan Hwa Fish Head Steamboat
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Nan Hwa Fish Head Steamboat has been serving up traditional steamboat for 91 years now. With a loyal fan base gained over the years, Nan Hwa is best known for their Pomfret ($38/$45/$70) steamboat. The broth here is made up of roughly 12 unique ingredients and herbs. Paired together with fresh fish slices and vegetables, this dish is an umami flavour bomb!
Address: 812 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198779
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 12am
Tel: 6297 9319
3. Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan
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The only food stall to open at 5pm in Whampoa Market, Xin Heng Feng Guo Tian Tan is a crowd’s favourite. Many come down to this stall before it even opens to be the first in line; once business picks up there’s an hour-long wait!
The broth is light on the palate, but still savoury thanks to the ti po—dried flatfish—which makes the broth extremely fragrant. Great for family gatherings, Xin Heng Feng Guo Tian Tan offers Red Snapper Fish Slice Steamboat (from $35) and other types of fish as well; prices go up to $50 for certain types. The stall also has a few sides on their menu including their braised duck that is highly raved about!
Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-14/15, Whampoa Makan Place, Singapore 320091
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 5pm to 9:30pm
4. Hai Chang Fish Head Steamboat
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Offering one of the cheapest on this list is Hai Chang Fish Head Steamboat—their Red Snapper Fish Head Steamboat starts from $28! Because of the affordable pricing, the place is usually packed with customers waiting to dig into this traditional steamboat. Besides steamboat, Hai Chang Fish Head Steamboat also offers some zi char dishes. Gushed about by customers are dishes such as kang kong ($8) and their sweet and sour pork ribs ($12).
Address: Blk 137A Tampines Street 11, #01-03, Singapore 522137
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 5:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 9663 7994
5. Tian Wai Tian
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Despite opening many outlets around Singapore, the original Tian Wai Tian Fish Head Steamboat still remains their most popular outlet. Simmered over charcoal for hours, the natural flavours of the fresh ingredients shine, giving off a slightly sweet tang. Prices start from only $25 for the smallest serving, where you will get a generous portion of fresh pomfret slices, yam, vegetables, and ti po.
6. Chang Long Fish Head Steamboat
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This may be lesser known compared to many renowned brands, but it sure does not disappoint in terms of flavour. Starting at $40 per fish head steamboat, Chang Long Fish Head Steamboat fulfils one’s longing for a soothing bowl of fish soup. The aromatic broth, which is rich and comprises a variety of ingredients, is what draws customers in, as they casually walk past this unassuming coffee shop under a HDB block.
Address: Blk 122 Bedok North Street 2, #01-140, Singapore 460122
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
Tel: 9295 0351
7. 136 Hong Kong Street
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Address: 1 Upper Aljunied Lane, Singapore 360001
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 10:30am to 2:30pm, 5pm to 10:30pm, Sat 10:30am to 2:30pm, 4:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6285 1017
8. Ah Orh Fishhead Steamboat
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Ah Orh Fishhead Steamboat has been serving up the Teochew rendition of the steamboat dish since 1919, alongside an extensive zi char menu of nearly 60 dishes. Enjoy your order with either pomfret or grouper slices, both sourced fresh every day from the markets. The broth here is a secret recipe, and it’s tangier than usual thanks to the addition of Teochew ingredients like sour plum and yam. Prices start at $48.
Address: 739 Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 470739
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9pm
9. Deli Jie
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Deli Jie is another option for fish head steamboat in Whampoa Market. Their Batang Fish Steamboat is just $18, making them the cheapest on this list. A portion is generous and can easily feed up to three people. A sweet fish broth is dressed up with Chinese napa cabbage, and yam slices for added texture.
Address: 90 Whampoa Drive, Singapore 320090
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
10. Hualong Fish Head Steamboat
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Hualong has two outlets islandwide where you can get your steamboat fix: in Bukit Batok, and in Ang Mo Kio. Whichever you go to, you can look forward to Grouper Steamboat ($28) starring a rich broth made with no MSG—just slow-cooked fish bones and vegetables for depth and sweetness. Don’t miss their loaded Wok Fried White Beehoon too. Priced at $5, it comes packed with liao, from crunchy greens to ribbons of egg and pork.
Best fish head steamboat
Bond over a traditional Teochew-style steamboat while enjoying the warmth of sitting together and slurping on some addictive broth. Indulge in some steamboat without all the hefty price tags and head on down to try these famous spots!
This article was originally written on 26 January 2018.