After the festive feasting and indulgence, it may be time to try something humble and light, such as tasty fishball noodles. Seow Choon Hua Restaurant 箫钟华餐室 at Sultan Gate is regarded by many as the place in Singapore with the best Foo Chow Fishballs (or Fuzhou fishballs ). This traditional coffeeshop serves good Foo Chow Fish Ball Noodles, in soup version and dry version, and is also famous for its red wine chicken.
Located in a row of old 2 storey shop houses, Seow Choon Hua Restaurant 箫钟华餐室 has been selling Foo Chow fishballs for many years; and the restaurant looks like it has not been upgraded for many years as well. It is small and rather untidy but clean and functional.
The coffeeshop has a zhi char section but the Foo Chow fishballs and the red wine chicken are the main reasons why people go to Seow Choon Hua Restaurant. The simple menu are on the wall of the coffeeshop. Basically you can have various versions of the Foo Chow fishball noodles and the red wine chicken mee.
We ordered a Foo Chow Fish Ball Noodles Dry Version ($4.50) and the Foo Chow Combination Noodles Soup ($6.00).
The thin noodles tossed in braised black soya sauce with some vegetables were served on a plate. A bowl of soup was served separately. Although we ordered the fishball noodles, there with fish balls and dumplings in the soup. The noodles were quite springy and nice enough to eat to be eaten with the suave and nothing else. The handmade fishballs with meat filling were certainly the best Foo Chow fishballs we had tried. The fishballs had irregular shapes and sizes. They had a bouncy chewy texture and the fish flavour was evident. The dumplings had very smooth thin skins.
The Foo Chow Combination Noodles Soup was similar to Foo Chow Fish Ball Noodles Dry Version except that the noodles were in the soup. In addition to the fish balls and dumplings, yenpi (or yan pi which literally means swallow skin) was also in the combination. Yenpi was sort of like siew mai. The thin yenpi skin wrapped a filling of minced meat and water chestnut. It had a nice mix of textures and were quite tasty.
The noodles dishes at Seow Choon Hua Restaurant were simple comfort food which were delicious and enjoyable. We would agree that Seow Choon Hua’s fishballs were among the best Foo Chow fishballs we could find in Singapore. It is good that there are heritage eateries like Seow Choon Hua still around and it is even better when they continue to serve delicious food and reasonable prices.
Food : 4
Service : 3
Value : 4
Atmosphere : 2
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Seow Choon Hua Restaurant
33 Sultan Gate
Tel: +65 6298 2720
Opening Hours: 10 am to 10 pm
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