Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat @ Balestier Road


After missing the October 2013 Makansutra Makan Gathering, I am back with the group of foodies at Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat for the November 2013 makan gathering. Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat has 2 outlets, one at Balestier Road and the other at Rangoon Road. The main branch is at Balestier road. Words have it that the main branch is run by the 1st wife while the 2nd wife runs the other outlet.

Prawn Rolls 4/5

As usual dinner started late after 8pm and everyone was already starving. When the plump Prawn Rolls was served, it basically disappeared in a flash like popcorns. The crispy exterior with the jam packed filling is always a delight to be served on any dining table

Sliced Fish Steamboat 4.5/5

The popular Sliced Fish Steamboat at Whampoa Keng still continues to use charcoal for their traditional steamboat. Taking a sip of the slurp worthy rich and sweet soup, I realised why Whampoa Keng has been up there as one of the best all these years. Compared to the other foodies favourite, Nam Hwa Chong (Ah Chew) Fish Head Steamboat. My vote goes to Whampoa Keng.

Sambal Kang Kong 4.2/5

Quite a staple dish that most Singaporean will order at Chinese restaurant. The Sambal Kang Kong was nicely stir fried with the fragrant dried shrimp and it carried some heat in it.

Stir Fried Prawns 4/5

The Stir Fried Prawns were fresh and succulent while still having a new crunchy bite to it.

Thai Style Assorted Seafood 3.8/5

The Thai Style Assorted Seafood was rather interesting. It is definitely the first for me. There were mix feedbacks on the dish. I personally enjoyed it especially with the fish maw soaking up the delightful tom yum broth.

Prawn Paste Chicken Wings 4.2/5

Deep fried to a beautiful golden brown, I love the distinct prawn paste flavour of the chicken wings. Definitely one of the best Prawn Paste Chicken Wings I have eaten. I could not help going for more. I think I had about 4 to 5 of them.

Braised Pig Trotter 4.5/5

By the seventh dish I was already quite full but I could not resist the plate of yummy collagen filled Braised Pig Trotter. It was so tender that the meat fell off the bone with ease and the skin part simply melted in the mouth.

Venison with Spring Onion 2/5

The missing link for the night was the Venison with Spring Onion. The use of salt was way too heavy. It was the only dish of the night that we did not manage to clear of the plate.

Fried Vermicelli 4/5

Like all Chinese dinner, the carb is always served last. The Fried Vermicelli was fragrant and springy. A nice dish to wrap up the feast.

Herbal Jelly 3/5

Of course how can we end up without dessert? We had some Herbal Jelly which is known to be good for skin complexion.


Occupying 2 floors at a shophouse until along Balestier Road, Whampoa Keng will be my to visit place for fish head steamboat in future. It also wok up some pretty good cooked food dishes for a delicious meal.

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat
556 Balestier Road
Singapore 329872
Tel: +65 63567371
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line), Toa Payoh (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Irrawaddy Road. Walk towards Ren Ci Community Hospital direction along Irrawaddy Road. Walk to the end of Irrawaddy Road. Cross the road and turn left onto Balestier Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Toa Payoh bus interchange (Stop ID 52009). Take bus number 139 or 145. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Toa Payoh MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to bus stop at Toa Payoh MRT station along Toa Payoh Lorong 2 (Stop ID 52189). Take bus 56, 105 or 153. Alight 1 stop later. Cross the canal. Walk to the end of Jalan Dusun. Turn left onto Balestier Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]


  1. I love whampoa keng's fish steamboat! Their soup is one of the best and we always ask for many refills. haha