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Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steam Boat Restaurant – Balestier, Singapore

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I’ve been patronising this place for the longest time… maybe almost 2 decades… but since I’ve started eatwithroy.com, I have not written about this place at all! Maybe because they have been doing so well for so many years that I thought they do not need any more publicity. But then again, the other side of me is telling me that their food is so good, more people should know about it… hence this blog post! ;P

I’ve been to Whampoa Keng again recently and the food standards are still there. Really impressed with the way they have kept up the standards for such a long time since they started in Whampoa market! And they have since opened up at Rangoon Road as well as in Batam Island, Indonesia… which I will share some of the pics below. Check out the foods that I would order at this lovely restaurant.

Restaurant frontage. See the queue…
Main unit where the main door is
They took over the next door unit also where there are more seating.
The chilli sauce goes damn well with the fresh fish slices which we ordered.
Our order of Batang fish slices steam boat ($40.00). Lovely thick slices of boneless fish. Something I cannot get in China haha. The charcoal for steamboat is just what makes it so good. Love it!
Yummy yummy fish slices closed up. This soup is the typical teochew style where they use sour plum inside and loads of bones to boil the soup for hours.
Oyster Omelette ($10.00) – Yummy with loads of medium sized oysters.
Sauteed Spinach in Assorted Eggs ($13.00) – Cooked in lovely stock which makes this soupy veg dish so good.
See they use deep fried fish baits for making the veg more tasty.
Fried Clams with Spring Onion ($10.00) – Pretty good as the sauce thickens and coated all over the clams.
Deep Fried Prawn Paste Chicken ($10.00) – A must order. They have perfected this dish over so many years. Crispy and damn juicy inside.
Me and lady boss Doris. We’ve known each other for so long and this is our first time taking pic together.

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Been eating here more than a decade, always good and love the fish and soup!

Portion: Good size.

Service: Pretty good.

Ambience: Crowded. Be prepared to go out smelling like charcoal cos that’s what make the soup so blardy good!

Price: Total was $92.66 after discount. Reasonable fit for 4 pax.

RTE: Always!

Location and contact:

MAIN OUTLET : 554/556 Balestier Road Singapore 329872 (Next to Caltex Petrol Kiosk, Parking Available along Ah Hood Road). Tel: 6356 7371 or 9127 6550.

BRANCH OUTLET: 116/118 Rangoon Road Singapore 218396 (Farrer Park Mrt, Parking Available along Rangoon Rd). Tel: 6296 8843 or 9023 2854.

BATAM OUTLET: Komplek Paradise Center Blok J No. 14-15 Nagoya, Batam, Riau, Indonesia. Tel: 0778425557.

Batam Pics:

View from roadside
Wah got alfresco seating and also band playing on weekends!
Love the decor!
Inside the restaurant.
They can’t use charcoal there hence these avante garde table stoves!
The legendary Ah Keng! Also haven’t taken any photos with him after knowing him for so long!

Teochew Bak Kut Teh (Balestier Road)

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Saw this new Bak Kut Teh place open not too long ago along Balestier Rd just after Rocca building. Have been wanting to try it, so was there during the holidays to check out if the food has something to shout about since they have converted the entire corner coffee shop into an airconditioned eatery with open air seating for smokers.

Walked into the shop during dinner time, was almost full inside. Basically all the staff there are all from China… No Teochews around… But the aircondition was really bad… it was hot!!! So I moved outside instead which was a lot cooler! So I placed my orders and realise the prices are not that cheap also.

The place
Bak Kut Teh - Only 3 pieces of pork ribs. Quite meaty though. But $5 for this small bowl.
Braised Pork Leg ($5) - Not bad quite tender but the taste... not like the normal black sauce braised lor taste... it's just not there yet...
Salted Vegetables - Not bad... but it's sweet... sigh. $2 per plate
You Tiao - For dipping into the soup. $1 per bowl.

Rating: 3/5

Taste: Soup has loads of pork taste in it which is good. BUT, too much white pepper!!! It was so much that I couldn’t talk after that. I felt irritated at the throat after drinking more than 5 spoonfuls of the soup. MSG can be tasted also… which is bad. Cut the pepper and MSG by half, the soup will be a lot better.

Portion: Below average

Price: Stated along with the pics.

RTE: Not in the near future. I rather pay a little more to have better stuff from the Founder Bak Kut Teh just down the next road.

Location: Round the corner of Balestier Road after Rocca Building

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