When we left at 7pm, the queue already stretched few folds longer, everyone was obviously going after Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat for their lovely luscious warmth soup and the pleasing fish thingy.
Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat (新源记) @ Tan Quee Lan Street
Started at People’s Park Food Centre in 1993, Xin Yuan Ji has relocated to several locations and finally settled at Tan Quee Lan Street. Xin Yuan Ji specialised in fish head steamboat and one of must visit stop in our hunt of the best fishhead steamboat in Singapore.
There was already a queue when we reached there at 5.30pm. Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat apparently has its group of fans judging from the response.
Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat 40 / 55 / 70
We ordered the red snapper steamboat (meat) and its served in the traditional charcoal heating aluminum type of steamboat. The steamboat was packed with cabbage, tomatoes, tofu, yam and big chunk of red snapper fish.
The red snapper was fried to seal the flavour and the serving was reasonably generous compared to other famous steamboat brands. The fish was fresh and tender and it has complemented well by a good broth, most of the steamboat failed miserably with the poor mastery of the broth, we are pleased Xin Yuan Ji’s broth was infused with sweetness and savoury, it has a hints of herb flavour and embellished with the pleasing seasoning. Refilling of broth thrice and the quality of broth has not been compromised.
Assam Curry Fish Head 22.8
The curry flavour was subtle, the gravy was rich and robust, however, taste of sourness from the assam was not distinctive, name it as Assam curry may not fit the dish.
The claypot curry fish head served with eggplant, cabbage and tau pok, a bowl of rice doused with the curry could already made a succulent taste and hard to stop at just one. The only drawback was the small fish head and the pathetic flesh came with it.
Mixed fish mee hoon 8.8
Xin Yuan Ji is popular with its fish meat mee hoon, however, the mixed fish mee hoon broth was insipid to the taste, we have to slight touched up the taste by sprinkling some soy sauce. Fried fish lost too much of the moist and the dry texture was not the perennial flavour of a good food soup.
Salted egg diced chicken 18.8
Xin Yuan Ji may have the culinary skills with the fish but non-aquatic creatures are just lacks the quality, be it the poultry or the green veggies, the dishes are menial job.
Sambal Kang Kong 8.8
The more we eat, the more we think the dish was cooked just for entertaining, featureless sambal and mushy texture were what is all about for this dish.
French Bean with Dry Shrimp 13.8
Run of the mills dish.
Ham Scramble Egg 8.8
Chef recommendation but…..ok…you may forget about it.
Our verdict on Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat
When we left at 7pm, the queue already stretched few folds longer, everyone was obviously going after Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat for their lovely luscious warmth soup and the pleasing fish thingy and we can fully endorsed it. However, you can forgo the side dishes except the Assam claypot fish head.
Xin Yuan Ji Fish head Steamboat
A: 31 Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188117
T: +65 6334 4086
H: Daily 11.30am to 11.30pm
Xin Yuan Ji (新源记) @ Hougang
A: Blk 107 #01-00 Hougang Ave 1 Singapore 530107 ( off Lorong Ah Soo )
T: +65 6747 7713