As promised, here’s one of the oodles of noodles I had eaten last week. This dish hails from the Fuzhou 福州 (Foo Chow, aka Hock Chew) province and there aren’t many hawkers selling this traditional cuisine since the Fuzhou community in Singapore is rather small.
One of my friend frequents Seow Choon Hua (70 years in business) annually to buy the Fuzhou Fishballs for his family’s CNY reunion dinner so I asked him to bring me there.
I have eaten Foo Chow Fishballs from vendors selling them in supermarket cooked food section and I do like them when they are springy with bursting savoury flavours oozing out of the meatballs. I admit this place was rather disappointing. The noodles were bland, the fishballs too floury and the meat filling too little to tiltilate any tongue sommersaults. I am still in search of a good Foo Chow Fishball seller. If you come across a superb Foo Chow cuisine master in Singapore, please let me know. The waning popularity of Foo Chow food surely dwindles any artisanal cook’s foray into Fuzhou cuisine. I had better find one before it’s go, going, gone 😦
Seow Choon Hua Restaurant
Address: 33 Sultan Gate
Phone:+65 6298 2720
Operating Hours: Daily 10:00 am–10:00 pm
Transit: Opposite Plaza Parkroyal
I have heard good reviews of another Foo Chow Fishball hawker, Zhong Xing, selling since 1942 (originally in China Street, Singapore) and I may just hop by one day (very soon in fact). I heard it on the grapevine that this stall has no one to take over the business when they retire.
Zhong Xing Foo Chow Fish Ball & Lor Mee（中兴福州鱼圆·卤面）
Address: Blk 148 Silat Avenue
Nam Heong Ho Kee, Unit #01-14.
Tel: 9367 5420
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm, closed on every Tuesday
Restaurant and food reviews I post here are NOT meant to criticise in any way but merely to reflect and share my personal taste experience. One man’s meat is another man’s poison. What I like and dislike may be in conflict with your opinion. To each his own. For example, my girlfriend found the Rou Yan “fishy” in smell but I actually liked it far better than the Fishballs. My other friend buys the fishballs yearly from Seow Choon Hua. Sorry about being unable to quote prices as I have lost the receipt.
Happy discovering 🙂