My foodie sister asked me to join her for a fish steamboat dinner and I was pleasantly surprised to find out it was not a real steamboat meal where I would have to cook boring ingredients in a pot.
Sitting in the centre of the table was a traditional steamboat pot with a central funnel to hold hot coals, but it came filled with a rich fish broth containing salted fish, cabbage and thick chunks of fish. There was no need to put things in and cook them. The Premium Dragon Grouper Fish Head Steamboat ($38-$68) soup was so flavourful I kept slurping it down.
It reminded me of my granny’s amazing home-cooked food and I could probably drink 10 bowls of it were I hungry. I kept telling my sister that we should bring our granny here for dinner as the soup seems right up her alley. However, it would be good to fish out all the fish (I couldn’t help it haha) once the slices are cooked as they became slightly rubbery with the soup being kept at a gentle boil. It seemed that most of their flavour had been lost too as they were tasteless, while the soup was sweet and full-bodied. We drank so much soup we got a refill – do note that this dilutes the broth.
The restaurant in Owen Road, a short walk away from Farrer Park mrt and near Connexion, also serves zichar dishes.
A favourite was the Crisp-fried Prawn in Golden Pumpkin Sauce ($18.8-$28.8), which looked like salted egg prawns and does contain some salted egg! The pumpkin taste was faint however.
The Stir-fried Sambal Sotong ($11.8-$17.8) was quite delicious and reminded me of that from a pengkang stall.
I felt the Shan Lao Hor Fun ($6.8-$12.8) and Claypot Drunken Rice Wine Clam ($15.8-$20.8) were a little bland and could use more flavour.
While the Four Heavenly Kings ($8.8-$12.8) could use less oil.
Champagne Pork Ribs ($12.8-$18.8).
Nan Hwa Fishboat also serves pig’s intestines if you’re a fan (:
Nan Hwa Fishboat is Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat’s (est 1927) second outlet and more will be popping up soon, including overseas. Its main branch is in North Bridge Road.
Return? Yes, for the fish soup!
Nan Hwa Fishboat
93/95 Owen Road
5 to 11.30pm daily