Review of Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup 芳记苦瓜鱼汤

Block 531A, Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Food Centre, #02-70

Nearest Mass Rapid Transit Station: Chinatown MRT

Buses to Hong Lim Food Centre: 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 124, 143, 147, 174, 190

Opening Hours: 09:00 to 19:00 (Sunday to Friday, closed on Saturday)

Queue: 1 to 3 people (Waiting Time: Less than 5 minutes)

Service: Fast and good

Environment: Clean but crowded hawker centre

Reputation: Traditional Singapore Fish Soup and Seafood

Thoughts after eating: Average

Value for money: 70/100

Will I come back again in 6 months’ time? No, there are better alternatives

My opinion:

Fan means “fragrance” in Chinese. This Upper Cross Street hawker stall specializes in traditional Singapore seafood. For this 2016 review, I have tried their signature bitter gourd sliced fish soup with rice for $5.00. There were 7 fish slices, 1 bowl of soup and 1 bowl of rice in my food portion.

In terms of texture, the fish slices were firm, thick and did not break apart easily. In regards to taste, they were addictive, delicious, juicy, succulent, well cooked and filled with seafood goodness. Despite all these plus points, the fish slices were too few to satisfy my hunger and the weekly craving for seafood.

Besides fish meat, the soup had bitter gourd slices as ingredients. Doufu, egg, seaweed and tomato slices were considered “missing in action”. It did not surprise me that the soup had an overwhelming bitter gourd taste and almost no fish fragrance (minus point). Rice did not mix well with the fish meat and was slightly too rough.

To sum up, the food here was average tasting, expensive and lacking in fish meat ingredients. Unless you are a seafood fan who needs to detoxify and expel excess heat from your body, my advice is to ignore this stall and visit other fish soup alternatives in the same food centre.

Ways for the owners to improve their food ratings:

Add more fish meat, introduce seaweed as a soup ingredient and review the rice’s preparation process.

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Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup ($5.00 SGD Sliced Fish Soup)

Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup ($5.00 SGD Sliced Fish Soup)

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