While I may be a cafe-hopper at heart, there are times where I crave nothing more than simple, comfort food between my eggs benedicts and waffles and ice cream. Nestled deep within the heartlands in Upper Serangoon Road, Kovan, is First Street Teochew Fish Soup.
First Street Teochew Gish Soup has been around since the 80s, and enjoys a healthy following of regulars and curious customers looking for a hearty bowl of fish soup. Currently helmed by owner William Lim and his two sons, the family-run stall can be seen dishing up the goods to a steady stream of patrons throughout the day.
Customers can choose from a variety of fishes: Pomfret Fish Soup ($11 – $15), Batang (Mackerel) Fish Soup ($6 – $10), and Red Garoupa Fish Soup ($9 – $11). For $0.60 to $1.50, you can add on toppings to your liking, including Seasoned Minced Pork ($0.80), Fish Maw ($1.590), and Squid ($1.50)! Almost like a build your own fish soup bowl.
Currently, only Batang Fish Soup ($6 – $10) appears to be available on the menu. The fish slices are satisfyingly fresh and succulent, without the overly fishy aftertaste that tends to overpower the other elements of the dish. The broth yields slight umami notes, with the seasoned minced meat adding some oomph to this simple dish. I like how the the Fish Maw also stays springy and chewy, despite soaking in the soup for an extended period!
Overall, a pretty value-for-money bowl, with trimmings of your choice if you’re willing to pay the extra dollar. I hope to try the other fishes on the menu next time I visit. Look out for their other outlet at BreadTalk IQH in Tai Seng!
Address: 1014 Upper Serangoon Road Singapore (534752)
Nearest MRT: Kovan NE13
Tuesday to Sunday: 8.15am – 3pm
Closed on Monday