The second edition of Michelin Guide 2017, Bib Gourmand winners have been announced on 22 June 2017. Among the 38 eateries that has been listed in the 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand is Zai Shun Curry Fish Head at Yuhua Village, Jurong East Street 24. Great to know that the Michelin inspectors have ventured into the far West of Singapore to seek out good food.
Curry Fish Head 3.5/5
Before the award, Zai Shun Curry Fish Head is already well known to the locals for their steamed fish and medley of cooked dishes to go with a bowl of pipping hot porridge or steamed rice. Try to avoid the lunch crowd as the coffeeshop is always packed and it may take sometime to find a seat.
Curry Fish Head 3.5/5
Making my trip down to the newly awarded bib gourmand awardee, I just have to order their Curry Fish Head. The curry gravy is the tangy assam type which is indeed very appetizing and goes well with the rice. The fish head we had was huge, meaty and fresh. Unfortunately the fish meat failed to absorb the essence of the curry. I suspect they just steamed the fish head and drenched the curry gravy over instead of cooking the whole fish head together with the curry.
Steamed Red Garoupa Hong Kong Style 4.5/5
I can't help noticing almost every table at the coffeeshop orders their different styles and types of steamed fish. It is a tell tale signs that they are more popular with the steamed fish. Hence we placed an extra order of fish and had their Steamed Red Garoupa Hong Kong Style. Great that we ordered it because this is indeed cooked to perfection in a flavourful soya sauce. During my visit, I noticed other fishes such as promfret, song fish head etc.
Actually Zai Shun is also know to offer some exotic fish on their menu such as the expensive Empura which can cost up to a few thousand dollars in restaurant but at Zai Shun, you can have it from $200 onwards.
Bitter Gourd with Fried Egg 4.5/5
We asked the stall to recommend a vegetable dish and they suggested the Bitter Gourd with Fried Egg. It was a hearty dish that surprised me. The bitter gourd was not overcooked, crunchy and not bitter at all. The highlight is the fried egg which still retained a fluffy and moist texture.
Minced Meat with Salted Egg 3/5
Lastly we had the Minced Meat with Salted Egg. It was firm and meaty but I thought the taste can be more robust and the salted egg flavour was lacking.
Actually I find Zai Shun Curry Fish Head rather interesting. It is like a 3-in-1 eatery offering Teochew porridge, mix vegetable rice (cai fan) and cze char dishes. The highlight for me at Zai Shun is not their curry fish head but their steamed fish.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Blk 253 Jurong East Street 24
Tel: +65 65608594
Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden (EW Line), Jurong East (EW Line, NS Line)
Thu-Tue: 7am - 3pm
(Closed on Wed)
1) Alight at Chinese Garden. Take Exit C. Walk to traffic junction of Boon Lay Way and Jurong Town Hall Road. Cross the traffic junction and turn left onto Jurong Town Hall Road. Continue on Jurong Town Hall Road to the next junction of Jurong East Ave 1 and Jurong Town Hall Road. Cross the traffic junction and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Jurong East bus interchange (Stop ID 28009). Take bus number 160 or 506. Alight 7 stops later. Cross the overhead bridge and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Jurong East bus interchange (Stop ID 28009). Take bus number 66. Alight 7 stops later. Cross the overhead bridge and walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]