It was quite a while ago that I visited this food centre. This time, I went on a weekday during lunch and about half of the stalls were closed at that time. Most of the stalls here start as early as 4 am to cater to the working crowd and serve breakfast only. It was unexpectedly crowded during lunch but it was still easy to get a table.
I wanted to have something from this stall but it was closed during the 2 occasions that I visited about a year ago. When approaching the stall, the Uncle saw me and asked, "What do you want to eat?". I replied, "Double Fish Bee Hoon Soup, the $5 portion." The Uncle then asked, "Do you want it with milk?" I asked, "What do you recommend?" The Uncle said, "If you take milk then just add it in." While he was cooking, I asked, "There used to be a stall in a coffee shop at Toa Payoh Lorong 8, right?" Uncle nodded, he said, "That coffee shop was sold away and we were forced to move. We have another 2 outlets. There is one at Admiralty and another one at Novena."
It was placed on my tray when it was ready. I passed a $5 note to Uncle and walked away with my tray but he called me then said, "Your change." I asked, "I thought I ordered the $5 portion?" Uncle smiled and said, "The rental is cheaper here." I did not pursue further. Maybe he just decided to charge me cheaper.
It consists of a portion of thick bee hoon with 2 different types of fish, the fried and the boiled ones. Both were presented in thin slices and small pieces, it was also served along with some green then garnished with dried shallots. It did not taste too milky but with a slight ginger taste. The serving was quite small thus not too filling.
It was a comforting choice, a simple yet satisfying lunch.
NOVENA FISH SOUP
4A Woodlands Centre Road #02-22 Woodlands Centre Road Food Centre SINGAPORE 731004
Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 9.00 pm (Closed on Saturdays)