Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

The last time we met was during the CNY period at Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant after Adrian’s scary heart attack incident and it’s about time we gather again for some food, booze and gossips but more importantly, we had to celebrate, albeit a belated one, Paulina’s birthday!

I had called/texted to wish her on the actual day and told her I would buy her a meal but I had been “busy”.

“Hey, when’s my treat coming?” she texted.

“Hey you back, how about next Wednesday? I’m meeting Adrian and Yap for dinner. I buy your share?” grinning face accompanied my text.

I told Paulina that Wednesday is confirmed but we haven’t decided on the venue.

Adrian offered a few suggestions like sake binge but in the end we opted for steamboat (Ade thinks Yap prefers Chinese cuisine over Western and Japanese) even though Yap had assured us he was okay with whatever we decided.

7th July 2015, Tuesday night – I was having Korean language class when the text came. “Tomorrow dinner at Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant near my place. Answer please!”

Yap okayed it. I replied I’m fine with it too. I relayed the message to Paulina and she yay-ed. We were set for a good time. Yap was not going to drive so we can all eat and drink to our hearts’ content! 😀

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Lao You Ji 老友记 at 245 Outram Road is actually a couple of shops away from my favourite steamboat place Tian Tian Fish Head Steamboat.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Paulina had some errands to run and would be late but Adrian and Yap decided to hit there first for beer.
I was just in time to catch them snacking on Crispy Baby Sotong (squid) when I arrived.
This item has been paid for before I arrived.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Red Garoupa Fish Head Steamboat.
There are other secondary ingredients like fried yam, nappa cabbage, etc…

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Our extra order of secondary items.
From left to right (anti-clockwise):
1) Spinach & Tang Oh (some sort of green Chrysanthemum)
2) Sliced Red Garoupa Fish
3) Quail Eggs
4) Pork Balls
5) Enoki Mushrooms
6) Beef

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

We had ordered a medium size steamboat and this plate of fish seemed little compared to Tian Tian’s but the cuts were thicker here.
Or am I wrong? I haven’t been to Tian Tian for steamboat but we have been buying take-outs from Tian Tian.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Quail Eggs.
Adrian loves quail eggs. So do I.
Quail eggs are supposedly full of rejuvenating qualities, according to TCM.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Dumplings in wanton wrappers.
These dumplings had chunky prawn, meat, and some tee poh (dried flat fish).

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Pig’s Liver.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Pork Balls.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Fatty Beef.
We called it fatty beef in steamboat restaurants due to, you guessed it, the generous fat marbling.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Deep-fried Beanskin (soy bean).
Paulina ate them off the plate when it was crispy hot.
A few pieces were “stolen” from this plate.
The culprits did it to piss me off.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Enoki also known as Golden Mushrooms.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

We had Spinach and Tang Oh vegetables, too!

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Adrian was happy to cook and feed everyone.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Yap was kind enough to switch his choice of Kidneys for Liver when he asked if I eat kidneys and I hesitated.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Paulina being funny realising that I was focusing on her.
What’s she eating? That was not presented to me for photo-taking!
Pass the dish over here, lady!

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Hokkien Mee.
I wrote about this dish in a previous post.
It is one of my mom’s specialties which she cooked often when my siblings and I were young, as it was an easy to prepare one-dish meal.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Adrian said this must be eaten with crispy pork lard.
I obeyed.

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜

Free top-ups of herbal soup at no extra charge.

Lao You Ji Bill

Medium Steamboat S$40,
Fatty Beef S$16
Pork Balls S$8
Quail Eggs S$10
Enoki Mushrooms S$6
Spinach S$4
Dumplings S$8
Beanskin S$6
Tang Oh S$4
Hokkien Mee S$6
Pig’s Liver S$8
Beer S$54
I don’t know what the S$8 is for (baby sotong? but Yap said it was paid for).
Adrian was supposed to check the bill and I reckon the S$1.20 were for wet tissues.

What’s there not to like about the steamboat here? The food! No wonder there were only a few tables taken up when we were there. The crowd started streaming in around 9pm. That’s when they got busy but still attentive to our needs for more alcohol.

In my humble opinion, the beanskin was expensive and wasn’t that great; I still prefer the standard blistered sheet-type. The quail eggs at S$10 was daylight robbery! (although I can understand why many places do not offer them because of high cost). The herbal soup wasn’t overpowering with bitter taste and I suspect the broth was uncontaminated or had too little msg! There were too few of those “ocean” fresh fish slices although the cuts were thick.

The quality of the secondary items was disgustingly invigorating; fresh and succulent morsels (and with real chunky bits of fillings for those in wrappers).

The vegetables were cleaned so well I didn’t get to experience gritty soil that could have been buried in the wilted boiled leaves.

The maroonish liver was bloodied enough and they tasted “powdery” when cooked till 80% doneness (a quality one looks for when eating pig’s liver).

The pork balls, with some benefit of doubt, were butchered by hand (I still think Tian Tian’s pork balls are better).

The fatty beef, even when overdone (we cannot keep an eye on everything once dumped into the simmering cauldron), still possessed tender texture, no thanks to its fine marbling for I was getting fatter with each luscious bite. Two thumbs up!

The savoury Hokkien Mee was served with warm crispy pork lard (not cooled ones we were usually served at cze char stalls) – is this a usual treat (the warm cracklings) or did they know I was going to blog about them (my dslr could have clued them) and hence the special treatment? Adrian was right about the damned noodles. I hated every slurp of my second/third helpings with more lard and sliced chilli padi. I even had to text Valerie midway through dinner that we’ve found a new place to dabao the black noodles in future. Socks came off by the way 😉

And oh, I haven’t forgotten that their had polite and prompt service, offering more pork lard and refilling our beer mugs but since there’s no service charge, I’m not going to complain about our reasonable bill.

We lingered on after a terribly full meal. How dare they did not have Orh Nee (yam paste) which we wanted for dessert so we had one more bottle of beer as consolation.

But Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜 is not only known for their steamboat, they are also famous for their chilli crabs and other cze char dishes. My roaming eyes saw what the other diners were having – fried rice, sweet & sour fish, horfun, chilli crabs, etc… etc… I will have to go again for the cze char to decide if they hold up to their name.

It was nearly midnight when we left. A few kilos heavier I’m sure but we were all smiles! In the cab, I texted into the group chat, “I had a wonderful time.”

What’s there not to like when there’s great food and complaisant buddies at the table?

Did I just say great food after all the ranting? I must be… Hic!

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜
Address: 245 Outram Road.
Singapore 169046.

Operating hours: Daily
5pm – 5am

Tel:(+65) 62215280

Steamboat & Hotpot meals I’ve blogged:
LE LE POT 乐乐锅 @ SENG POH ROAD
HUALONG FISHHEAD STEAMBOAT 華龍魚頭爐
WHAMPOA FOOD STREET (KENG) – FISH HEAD STEAMBOAT RESTAURANT
136 HONG KONG STREET FISH HEAD STEAMBOAT 香港街魚頭爐

Not in restaurants:
GOAT STEAMBOAT? CNY LUNCHEON
LET’S DO THE TWIST!
THE WOOD HORSE HAS ARRIVED! 马年已到!
REUNION DINNER – 年夜飯 (團年飯)

In South Korea:
NORYANGJIN FISHERIES WHOLESALE MARKET 노량진수산시장 PART 2

In Macau:
EARLY REUNION STEAMBOAT DINNER @ KING RESTAURANT (MACAU)
TAI SHAN SHUI LAO RONG 台山水老荣

In Malaysia:
YONG’S STEAM BOT GARDEN 泳池海鲜生锅園

Click here to see Tian Tian Seafood Fish Head Steamboat post (it is one of my favourite steamboat places although this post did not feature steamboat but cze char dishes).

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Comments
4 Responses to “Lao You Ji Fish Head Steamboat Seafood Restaurant 老友记鱼头火锅海鲜”
  1. Great blog, well written,
    the Hic seemed to come to the surface
    in the form of humor and sarcasm,
    well placed….
    ME

  2. The Mouse says:

    Love those “bundt pan” looking hot pots. 🙂

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