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Best Fish Soup in Singapore

Best Fish Soup in Singapore

Ah, fish soup. This go-to hawker dish always hits the spot when we're looking for a healthy-ish, comforting lunchtime staple. Here's a guide to 11 fantastic spots in Singapore for thick slices of fresh fish in light and clear broth, fried fish chunks in milky soup, and even a killer tom yum fish soup that will make you sweat.
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When you're feeling under the weather, turn to this nourishing bowl of Teochew-style fish soup with white rice. Housed in Bukit Timah Food Centre, their Sliced Fish Soup ($4.50) sees fresh Batang slices, silken tofu, lettuce and tomato swimming in a sweet and light broth. If you come early enough, have the unique Fish Roe add-on ($1.50) that Burppler Muriel AvdH loved for its rich contrast to the firm slices of fish and silken tofu. The best part? You don't have to wait long for your bowl.
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This spot in Dover Rise Coffee Shop is great for hearty family dinners. Not only is there killer fish soup, you can (let's make that a 'must' instead) also enjoy what is arguably one of the best Har Cheong Gai ($9) around. Order the XO Fish Bee Hoon ($6/pax) that comes with both sliced and fried fish, thick bee hoon and a peppery, milky broth spiked with XO brandy. Pro-tip: also order their excellent San Lou Hor Fun ($6) to share.
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Come as early as you can (before 11am) to avoid the queue at this Upper Serangoon Road stall. Everyone's here for a premium version of fish soup — they use Red Garoupa or Pomfret. The Red Garoupa Fish Soup (from $9) features more than 10 slices of fish and tang oh in a beautifully sweet broth. Comparatively, the Pomfret Fish Soup (from $11) is pricier but will suit pomfret-lovers well. Add bak chor for $0.50 for a substantial boost to your meal! P.s. Also try the Mixed Soup (from $5) with prawns, fishcakes, fish maw and mackerel.
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Simple and nourishing, the Sliced Fish Soup ($4.50) here is boosted with the nutritious bittergourd. While it might look like an alarming amount of bittergourd, the clear soup is sweet from lots of fish bones, well-balanced and not bitter at all. Fans of this style of fish soup will not be disappointed with this fresh and comforting rendition. Come early, they sell out fast!
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You might be surprised that the milky-looking broth here, in fact, has no milk in it. There's even a "no milk added" sign! This milky look is achieved by boiling fried fish bones with anchovy, ginger and soybeans overnights. The resulting creamy, silky broth is what you're here for, and is best enjoyed in their Sliced Fish Beehoon Soup ($5). This Cantonese stall is also known for their delicious Braised Bittergourd and Sliced Fish ($8).
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Hidden within the Tai Sun Coffeeshop at Kitchener Complex, those who do not work in this area have probably never heard of this fish soup. However, those who do know are in the non-stop queue. While it might look long, it moves fast (15 minutes) and the Mixed Sliced Fish Bee Hoon ($5) is worth the wait. The soup is well-balanced and the fish is very fresh, but the rockstar is has to be the fried egg bits!
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Keep this spot in mind for cooler days, the double whammy of tom yum and piping hot fish soup will make you sweat! Join the queue and start thinking about which noodle type you'd like. There are nine to choose from, including ban mian, you mian and dong fen. To pair with the Tom Yum Double Fish ($5.40), we recommend the instant noodles. Just think about it: sweet fish broth beautifully spiced with tom yum, thick fish slices and springy instant noodles. Love! There's also a Mixed Seafood option ($6.40) that includes squid and prawns.
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Spot the long queue on Level 2 of Berseh Food Centre to find Mei Xiang. Here, there's only Mixed Sliced Fish Soup ($6 for Small, $8 for Big) — no other choices. You'll get sliced fish, slightly salty fried fish chunks (beware of bones), a robust soup loaded with cabbage, a zesty chili that is totally addictive ($0.30 for extra) and a bowl of white rice. Pro-tip: if you want to dabao, please bring your own container!
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Come to this simple, old-school fish soup shop along Beach Road (just across from The Concourse) for a comforting bowl of Mixed Fish Soup ($6). What's great about this spot is the option to have your fish soup with Yi Mian, an unsual pairing that works so well. While the fish here isn't the very best, the milky soup served with crispy ikan bilis and spinach is what you're here for. Prepare to wait for 15 minutes at lunch hour. Pro-tip: order an portion of fried egg wisps ($2) for you and a friend to share.
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First of all, there will always be die-hard fans of either Piao Ji or Han Kee in this food centre. Both stalls serve equally fresh fish and boast equally long queues — so which is better? That remains debatable. At Piao Ji, come for the Sliced Fish Soup (starts at $7), where silky-smooth premium pomfret slices swim in a savoury broth boosted with fried shallot and pork lard. The soup is arguably more robust and perhaps better suited to pairing with noodles than its competitor. Non-CBD people, please come at off-peak hours if you don't want to wait for 30 minutes!
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You've been warned — once you've made your order, do NOT change it. Aunty won't be happy. Live with your decisions! Compared to it's competitor, Piao Ji, the soup here is clear and light, suited to those who prefer pairing their soup with rice. Portion-wise, the $5 serving here is similar to Piao Ji's $7 one. However, since you're going to be in the queue for at least 30 minutes, we recommend ordering the Han Kee Fish Soup ($9) for a truly generous bowl brimming with fresh fish slices and leafy greens.
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