I have grown up in Hougang but I did not know about this awesome fish soup stall near my home. It is only after I moved to the West then I know about its existence. I have to travel all the way back to the East to visit First Street Teochew Fish Soup (第一街潮州鱼汤) to find out for myself why the stall has a constant long queue of customer willing to wait up to 30-45 minutes, just to have their fish soup.
Batang Sliced Fish Soup 4/5
The stall offers a variety of fishes for the fish soups such as batang (mackerel), promfret and red garoupa. Customers also have a choice to add rice, porridge or mee sua to go along with their fish soup. We started with the Batang Sliced Fish Soup ($5.50/$7.50/$9.50) which comes with fresh slices of mackerel, tang oh vegetable and slices of ginger to remove any fishy taste.. The soup was light and sweet. We added mee sua at an additional cost of $0.50 to go with the bowl of comforting fish soup.
Red Garoupa 4.2/5
A popular and limited quality at the stall is the Red Garoupa ($8/$10). During my first visit, it was sold out and I was second time lucky. I also noted the pricing varies depend on market price. It was priced at $9/$11 during my first visit. I preferred the red garoupa over the batang fish primarily because of the firmer and bouncier texture of the fish meat.
Mixed Soup 4.5/5
My favourite among the dishes I tried is the Mixed Soup ($5/$7$10) which comes with batang fish, greens, squid, fish maw, fish cake, prawn, salted vegetables, ginger, fried shallots and minced pork. The highlight is the minced pork with is mixed with tee poh (dried sole fish). The stock of the fish soup is all the same but the additional of the minced pork with tee poh gives the soup an extra punch, elevating the flavour to a new level.
While queuing for my order, I noted that the stall is quite flexible with the order. I noticed a lot of customers requested to add minced pork in the batang fish soup. After tasting the mixed seafood, I released the minced pork which comes with tee poh, giving the soup the unami finish.
First Street Teochew Fish Soup used to operate at First Centre, Serangoon North Ave 4, started in 1989 before moving to its current location. Fans of their fish soup, your favourite fish soup stall has moved to Upper Serangoon Road near Kovan MRT station.
First Street Teochew Fish Soup
1014 Upper Serangoon Road
Nearest MRT: Kovan (NE Line)
Tue-Sun: 8am - 3pm
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Kovan MRT station. Take Exit C. Turn right onto Upper Serangoon Road. Walk down Upper Serangoon Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Kovan MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Kovan MRT station (Stop ID 63031). Take bus number 80, 81, 82, 101, 107, 112, 113, 136 or 153. Alight one stop later. Walk to traffic light and cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]