Sin Hoi San Seafood Restaurant 新海山海鲜餐馆

Sin Hoi Sai Seafood Restaurant is the oldest and most well known restaurant in Tiong Bahru area. Although they do not advertise, their restaurant is always swarmed with diners, attracting the patronage of many Asian celebrities. I remember the staff (most of them have worked there for more than 10 years) wearing sports shoes and that they literally run during peak periods to serve the customers.

I first visited Sin Hoi San in the early 90s, again brought to this place by my sister-in-law. She knows a lot of good eateries that opens for dinner and supper as she used to go clubbing a lot then (speaking of the devil, she just called me while I’m doing this post).

Mr. Sim, manager and former chef, took over Sin Hoi San’s business in 1984. He is known for cooking with six woks at once, a difficult feat to attempt even for most accomplished chefs.

I like eating there because they are consistent in their cooking. However, their prices have gone up quite tremendously over the years (due to their constant renovations?).

Along the way to the restaurant, some flowers adorning the old neighbourhood in Tiong Bahru.

Along the way to the restaurant, some flowers adorning the old neighbourhood in Tiong Bahru.

Block 55, Tiong Bahru Road, #01-59.

Block 55, Tiong Bahru Road, #01-59.

Braised Peanuts are common side dishes served at cze char and Chinese restaurants and they come at a cost. If you do not enjoy them, ask the server to take them away so that they are not included in your bill.

Braised Peanuts are common side dishes served at cze char and Chinese restaurants and they come at a cost.
If you do not enjoy them, ask the server to take them away so that they are not included in your bill.

Soups are traditionally served first unless you've order a cold dish for appetizer.

Soups are traditionally served first unless you’ve order a cold dish for appetizer.

Apple Flavour Fried Fish Soup 苹果鱼鸡汤. This soup was very refreshing and naturally sweet due to the ingredients. The chicken was tender but the fried fish was a little dry. There were some herbs in the soup. I liked this dish.

Apple Flavour Fried Fish Soup 苹果鱼鸡汤.
This soup was very refreshing and naturally sweet due to the ingredients.
The chicken was tender but the fried fish was a little dry. There were some herbs in the soup.
I liked this dish.

Tofu with Preserved Egg Cold Dish 凉拌皮蛋豆腐. This cold dish came later as I "inserted" the order after the soup was served. I have always enjoyed century eggs and tofu and this was served cold. The soy seasoning was just nice and the overall taste was clean and refreshing.

Tofu with Preserved Egg Cold Dish 凉拌皮蛋豆腐.
This cold dish came later as I “inserted” the order after the soup was served.
I have always enjoyed century eggs and tofu and this was served cold.
The soy seasoning was just nice and the overall taste was clean and refreshing.

Baby Kailan with Minced Pork 菜心肉末扒芥蓝仔. The cai xin 菜心 (choy sum) was the preserved type which I suspect comes from a tin or can but can't verify. The dish is not local (Singaporean) flavour. It somehow gave me a very Chinese (China) feel to  it and if so, this dish could be introduced due to the patronage of many Chinese working nearby.

Baby Kailan with Minced Pork 菜心肉末扒芥蓝仔.
The cai xin 菜心 (choy sum) was the preserved type which I suspect comes from a tin or can but can’t verify.
The dish is not local (Singaporean) flavour. It somehow gave me a very Chinese (China) feel to it and if so, this dish could be introduced due to the patronage of many Chinese working nearby.

While the ground meat leaned towards the sweet side, the kailan was unaffected and remained crunchy, which I like but I don't think I will order this dish again. I would try the minced pork tofu (similar) and the kailan separately on next visits.

While the ground meat leaned towards the sweet side, the kailan was unaffected and remained crunchy, which I like but I don’t think I will order this dish again. I would try the minced pork tofu (similar) and the kailan separately on next visits.

Mongolian Pork Chop 蒙古猪扒. This dish was not on the menu. The order taker recognised me and recommended I try this. The meat was tender but not very tender. It somehow assured me that they either did not (or if they did, then very little) use commercial meat tenderiser which is good. The coating sauce was something like the Pai Kuat Wong most cze char stalls offered but it had black peppery taste to it. I cannot understand the addition of French fries to a Mongolian dish, is this normal by Mongol standard?

Mongolian Pork Chop 蒙古猪扒.
This dish was not on the menu. The order taker recognised me and recommended I try this.
The meat was tender but not very tender. It somehow assured me that they either did not (or if they did, then very little) use commercial meat tenderiser which is good.
The coating sauce was something like the Pai Kuat Wong most cze char stalls offered but it had black peppery taste to it.
I cannot understand the addition of French fries to a Mongolian dish, is this normal by Mongol standard?

The dishes I enjoyed most were the Apple Soup and Century Egg Cold Tofu. The other two were good but I was too hungry and my gastric was preventing me from fully enjoying a fibrous and meaty diet tonight.<br />Service was fast as there were few diners at that time.<br />This is one place I will come again but remind me not to order the Aloe Vera drink which cost S$6!!! My friend order it and found it too sweet. He had to dilute some plain water to the drink which was charged at 30 cents.

The dishes I enjoyed most were the Apple Soup and Century Egg Cold Tofu. The other two were good but I was too hungry and my gastric was preventing me from fully enjoying a fibrous and meaty diet tonight.
Service was fast as there were few diners at that time.
This is one place I will come again but remind me not to order the Aloe Vera drink which cost S$6!!! My friend order it and found it too sweet. He had to dilute some plain water to the drink which was charged at 30 cents.

Barley S$2.<br />Aloe Vera Drink S$6.<br />Water 30 cts.<br />M. Pork Kailan S$18.<br />Apple Soup S$12.<br />M. Pork Chop S$18.<br />Rice 70 cts (each).<br />Braised Peanuts S$3.<br />Wet Towels 60 cts (each).<br />Century Egg Tofu S$6. Add Service charge 10% Add GST 7%

Barley S$2.
Aloe Vera Drink S$6.
Water 30 cts.
M. Pork Kailan S$18.
Apple Soup S$12.
M. Pork Chop S$18.
Rice 70 cts (each).
Braised Peanuts S$3.
Wet Towels 60 cts (each).
Century Egg Tofu S$6.
Add Service charge 10%
Add GST 7%

Reputed for consistent quality and efficient service but the price is not heartlander (average income earner) friendly.

Reputed for consistent quality and efficient service but the price is not heartlander (average income earner) friendly.

I used to go there for supper almost every night 10 years back and it was affordable then (although this place has always been known to charge slightly higher than most cze char places). Originally, I had wanted the Pig’s Stomach Soup but it was S$38 so I settled for the Apple Fish Soup at S$12 (which turned out very good). I am still adjusting to the food price inflation in Singapore. I’m outdated 😦

Sin Hoi San Seafood Restaurant
Address: Block 55, #01-59,
Tiong Bahru Road.
Singapore 160055.

Tel: 6223 0810.

Operating hours: 5pm – 5am (Daily)

Rating: 7.5/10

Happy eating 🙂

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4 Responses to “Sin Hoi San Seafood Restaurant 新海山海鲜餐馆”
  1. Yahobahne says:

    The food looks scrumptious. I wouldn’t mind trying the egg and tofu dish too. Delightful pictures lady.

  2. Janet Rörschåch says:

    There’s nothing like going to a fondly remembered lace and be greeted by sticker shock.

    The photo of the flowering tree is so gorgeous.

    • Sam Han says:

      Hi Janet, your gravatar is not link to your website. I am having trouble linking to your site as it is not showing on my reader these days. I am trying to bookmark your site so I could have access (wordpress still not behaving). Can you verify your blog to your gravatar? 😀

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