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Whampoa Food Street Keng Fish Head Steamboat @ Balestier Road
When it comes to fish head steamboat, Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat seems to receive all the limelight; The perpetual queue and the full house scene are the common phenomenon here which is a clear endorsement of its popularity.
We opted for the red snapper for the steamboat, $60 for the medium size. It came served in the traditional doughnut-shaped aluminium vessel filled with burning charcoal to keep the milky white broth boiling. Fairly standard items can be found in the broth: cabbage, seaweed and taro. However, it required quite a fair bit of luck with the ladle to find the red snapper, so you can imagine the amount of fish that came with the steamboat.
The first sip of the broth validated the stall’s popularity: It was lusciously sweet and fragrant, making for a collagen-rich milky white soup. A few rounds of refilling did not dilute or adulterate the piquant flavour, every spoonful was full of satisfaction.
The pork ribs were extremely tender and juicy, each bite was inspiring to the taste buds. It also came topped with an unusual garnishing. Dried fish strips popularly found on supermarket shelves were deep fried and sprinkled on top for crunch.
We were “conned” by the waitress into believing that the weekend special dish should not be missed and regretted ordering this sub-standard item. Although the skin was thin and crisp, the roasted chicken meat was bland and dry, more work was needed on the seasoning.
You probably can guess from the name that this dish must have been created by a road side stall. After all, back alleys and roadside stalls are often the origin of many salivating foods. Their Street Tofu has managed to satisfy our fastidious tastebuds with its silky smooth beancurd and alluring gravy. Highly recommended.
They overdosed on the salted chai po or preserved radish, making the omelette nothing but salty.
Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves
Sambal is supposed to be spicy enough to tickle and excite the tastebuds, however, their sweet potato leaves were too mildly seasoned and lacked the bold flavour we craved.
The prawn rolls were packed with meat and not starch, but the seasoning may need a little more work to boost the flavour.
Our Verdict: Whampoa Keng Fishhead Steamboat
The tantalising broth unquestionably warrants our endorsement for one of the best fishhead steamboats around. However, the price tag of $60 for a medium size pot (feeds 5 pax) is relatively expensive if compared to other similar setups, especially when taking into account the amount of fish meat provided.
Whampoa Food Street Keng Fishhead Steamboat Details :
Address: 556 Balestier Road, Singapore 329872
Operating Hours: Daily 11am – 3pm, 5pm – 11pm
Telephone: +65 63567371