Saturday, July 23, 2016

Seow Choon Hua Restaurant : the Best Foo Chow Fishballs in town

This is a family-run business that has been around since 1983, located along Sultan's Gate in Kampong Glam. They are well known for its handmade Foo Chow (Fu Zhou) Fishballs. I was told that they only only closed on the first and second day of the Chinese New Year and kept it opened for rest of the year. There is usually a long queue when it is near Chinese New Year and these regular customers are here to get their Foo Chow fishballs in dozens to have it with steamboat at home. They are one of the existing ones that is still handmade these fishballs traditionally rather as most of it are machine-made these days. 

I  usually go with the Foo Chow Combination at $5.00, it is a bowl of soup with all types of ingredients like the famous Foo Chow fishballs, Yan Pi and Wanton. The handmade fishballs are made using different types of fishes. These fishballs are unevenly shaped and delicately made with seasoned minced meat embedded in it, the texture was quite dense though not as bouncy. 

The Yan Pi is a traditional pork dumpling, the texture is in between a wanton and a siew mai. The skin is rather thin but resilient and rather chewy with tasty filling that consists of minced meat and water chestnuts. The wanton has the similar tasty filling but it did not quite stand out. 

You could choose to have it with their noodles, it is flat just like those handmade noodles but less springy and it is served doused in braised dark sauce.

Red Wine Mee Sua at $5.00 is one of the rare find on their menu. It is the lesser sweet version as compared to the Hakka style, it is not too oily and most importantly, it is not overwhelmed with the 'ang zao' which is also known as red glutinous rice wine lees. The flavor was nicely absorbed by the radish and chicken but it will even be nicer if the texture of the mee sua is less soggy. 

33 Sultan Gate SINGAPORE 198481
Operating Hours: 10.00 am to 10.00 pm (Daily)

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