Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head (Ah Chew) Steamboat Corner Review 亚秋南华昌鱼头炉
Perhaps one of the oldest fish head steamboat shops in Singapore, Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat was established in 1927. With such long history and three generations of making the traditional fish soup, it should have been perfected by now and our expectations were high.
Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat is located at the junction of Jalan Sultan and North Bridge Road, occupying a two-story coffeeshop with non-aircon dining environment. Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat offers zichar dishes but people who come here are mainly target their famous signature charcoal-fired Teochew fish head steamboat.
Choice of Pomfret / Song Fishhead / Grouper and Snapper were available. Depending on the selection of the fish, the steamboat can range from the cheapest of $20 Song fishhead (small) to $70 (largest) of pomfret or grouper.
Snapper Fish boat $28/35/50
We have visited many famous fishhead steamboat restaurants or stalls in the past one year and Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat was the last on our list before we conclude our best fishhead steamboat choice. We ordered the red snapper and only fish head was available though we would prefer the fish meat.
The steamboat was filled with yam, seaweeds, Chinese cabbage and of course the snapper fish head, yes..fish head, and we had quite a challenge to find some fish meat out of the pot of broth, gnawing the bony fish head was by right the authentic way of eating fish head steamboat and you just have to learn to enjoy, so, fish eyes for anyone?
We had high expectations from their long experience in making fish head steamboat. The broth was the soul of a good steamboat and unfortunately Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat failed to impress us. Where are the fundamental sweetness and tastiness of a good steamboat? Where is the slurp-worthy fishhead steamboat soup? Are we missing something here?
The side orders were not able to change our perceptions with their mediocre standard. We are not nitpicking or being over-critical but if we compare Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat with many other fish head steamboat restaurants or stalls we have tasted, there is a distinct gap to the next closest match.
Fu-Rong Omelette $8/10/12
Sambal Kang Kong $6/8/10
Salted egg chicken $12/15/18
Fried Shrimp Roll $8/12/15
We are quite disheartened by what was presented at Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat. The steamboat’s as well as the side dishes’ disappointing quality is a disservice to their customers. Maybe we visited on a bad day but we hope the shop can do something about improving the quality and consistency of the steamboat and dishes. It is after-all a century old brand and should present better quality.
North Bridge Road Main
A: 808/812/814/816 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198779
T: 8518 1927
H: Mon – Sun: 4pm – 1am
T: +65 6297 9319
Owen Road branch
A: 93/95 Owen Road, Singapore 218907
H: Daily 11:30AM – 2:30PM, 5 – 10PM