I am glad to know that my favourite Nam Hwa Chong (Ah Chew) Fish Head Steamboat Corner (亚秋南华昌鱼头炉) at the corner of Jalan Sultan and North Bridge Road has opened its second outlet at Owen Road. The second outlet is named Nan Hwa Fishboat offering the signature charcoal fish head steamboat as well as some new zi char dishes. A slight different from the flagship outlet is that the new outlet will be offering premium Dragon Grouper and Potato Cod Grouper for the fish head steamboat besides the traditional promfret, red snapper and red grouper.
Premium Dragon Grouper Fish Head Steamboat 4/5
It is great to know that the new outlet is still using the same recipe for the silky smooth superior fish soup brimmed with an unique combination of 12 ingredients, slow cooked over hot charcoal embers. We tried the Premium Dragon Grouper Fish Head Steamboat ($38/$48/$68). The dragon grouper fish head has a firmer texture. The soup also tasted a bit different from what I am familiar with. The soup seems more subtle and balanced, rather than just hitting you straight in the face with its rich flavour. It was explained to me that the recipe is the same but the choice of fish will relish a different flavour.
Champagne Pork Ribs 4/5
At Nam Hwa Fishboat, besides the signature fish head steamboat, the restaurant also offers zichar dishes to complete the meal. Some of the exclusive dishes available only at the second outlet includes Champagne Pork Ribs, Crispy Fried Prawn in Golden Pumpkin Sauce and Claypot Drunken Rice Wine Clam.
The Champagne Pork Ribs ($12.80/$18.80) is tender and glazed with a subtle sweet sauce that is very pleasing to the palate. Sesame and almond is added for a lift in flavour.
Crispy Fried Prawn in Golden Pumpkin Sauce 3.5/5
The Crispy Fried Prawn in Golden Pumpkin Sauce ($18.80/$28.80) comes with crunchy and plump prawns that are coated with the golden pumpkin sauce. The sweetness is given a hint of spicy kick with the addition of curry leaves and chopped chilli.
Claypot Drunken Rice Wine Clam 3/5
The Claypot Drunken Rice Wine Clam ($15.80/$20.80) was palatable but did not have that wow factor.
Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves 3.5/5
Stir Fried Sambal Sotong 3.5/5
Singaporean loves spicy stuff so it is inevitable that the menu offers zi char dishes such as the Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves and Stir Fried Sambal Sotong ( $11.80/$17.80). The sambal with its mild fiery kick, together with the fragrant from the dried shrimps, accentuated the flavours of the sweet potato leaves and sotong.
Dragon Grouper Shan Lao Hor Fun 4.2/5
The other highlight at Nam Hwa Fishboat has to be their Dragon Grouper Shan Lao Hor Fun ($12/$18). The ordinary looking plate of rice noodles with beansprouts and chunky fish fillet was surprisingly brimming with the nice wok hei flavour. Definitely one of the better shan lao hor fun, I have eaten for a long while.
Nam Hwa Fishboat has been around since 1927. I have eaten at their flagship outlet for many years. Not sure why it took them 88 years, to open their second outlet. A slight different from the flagship outlet is that it is trying to offer premium fish for their steamboat as well as some new dishes into their menu. I think it is a good approach as food needs to progress with time while still retaining the essence of tradition.
Nam Hwa Fishboat
93/95 Owen Road
Tel: +65 86132732
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)
Daily: 1130am - 230pm, 5pm - 10pm
1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit D. Walk straight towards Owen Road. Turn left onto Owen Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]