Hawker food has a reputation for being oily and unhealthy, but that isn’t always the case. Offering you a guilt-free, protein-packed meal, sliced fish soup is one dish that offers unmatchable comfort and a mild flavour.
For the uninitiated, fish soup is a dish comprising light fish soup broth with vegetables and of course, sliced fish (usually Batang or Grouper). This simple dish is usually paired with rice or noodles and there are different variations such as frying the fish beforehand or adding evaporated milk to give it a richer flavour.
We headed down to Blk 216 Bedok North Food Centre and one stall that caught our eyes was Han Kee Fish Soup. This stall can be seen with a snaking long queue even before lunch hour and our Singaporean instincts immediately took over–we knew we had to join in the queue.
We got ourselves the Sliced Fish Soup With Rice (S$4.50), which came with a generous portion of sliced fish, tofu and vegetables and it tasted pretty decent.
The flavour of the soup was heavily accented by the seaweed along with the vegetable components that lend a mild sweetness to the dish. The highlight of the dish, though, was definitely the fresh and pearly white sliced fish.
The key to making a good bowl of sliced fish soup is definitely the fish used. The fish slices (Batang fish) here are tender and sweet on its own and they do not have any fishy smell. The folks here make sure to get the freshest ingredients to cater to their customers and we can see why people are willing to queue for over 30 minutes just to get their hands on it.
Han Kee Fish Soup
Blk 216 Bedok North Street 1 #01-46
Bedok North Street 1 Market & Food Centre
Tues to Thurs: 9am – 3pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 3pm
(Closed on Mondays and Fridays)
Nearest Station: Bedok