Those of you working in Raffles Place, you would likely know this unassuming place as one of the better fish soups within the CBD that always had a long queue at lunch time on weekdays. I’m a big fan of fish soup so when my colleague recommended me this stall years ago while I was working in the area previously, I fell in love with the broth that kept me going back for it at least once or twice a week. IMO, it is probably on par with Jin Hua @ Maxwell Market, if not better and it’s truly a gem for healthy eats in town.
One Saturday, I brought the husband here to try the fish bee hoon which I had fondly missed for a long while. We were there around noon time but the cafeteria was totally empty which was quite the reverse compared to a weekday. It looked as though they were closed for the day cos’ there wasn’t anyone behind the counter. We still made our way in and one of the ladies was quick to walk over to serve us.
Their Mixed Fish Bee Hoon ($5.50) was what I’d normally order so I could have the best of both worlds every time – sliced fish and fried fish.
And I would also request for evaporated milk to be added for that extra fragrance to the broth. What I really liked about this fish bee hoon was how flavoursome (but not salty) the broth was, yet I could hardly see any oil floating on the surface despite there being chunks of fried fish. There were slices of preserved mustard green that enhanced the broth even more. Both the sliced fish and fried fish were tender with no fishy smell at all. And there were the usual lettuce, tomato wedge and tofu cubes too. Don’t forget to take some of their chilli sauce which you can dip the fish pieces in. It was a pretty balanced concoction.
Do note as this cafeteria is located next to the back entrance (automated door that keeps opening & closing with people coming in & out) of The Arcade, the air-conditioning isn’t very powerful in that corner space. So be prepared to sweat it out when you’re dining there.
Overall, I feel this fish bee hoon is one worth queuing for. Portion is generous. Price is reasonable. Taste is without doubt, good as well. And what was the husband’s verdict on this? One of the best.
Hup Lee Cafeteria
The Arcade, #01-35/36
11 Collyer Quay
7.30am to 6.00pm (Mon-Fri)
7.30am to 2.00pm (Sat)
Closed on Sundays