I’m lucky to be living in an estate with hawker centres and coffee shops in close proximity 24/7. But it was also disappointing that there wasn’t any decent fish soup here until I chanced upon Mr Teh Tarik eating house at Blk 608 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 (where Botak Jones used to be located) a few months back. Now, I come here at least once a week just to eat fried fish beehoon or sliced fish porridge.
Mr Teh Tarik is a halal certified coffee shop/food court with several outlets island-wide. It offers a good mix of local Singaporean food, most if not all, cooked by our Malay friends. At Mr Teh Tarik Ang Mo Kio, you’ll find nasi padang with a variety of tasty Malay-style dishes, nasi ayam (chicken rice), wonton noodles, fish soup, tze char (stir-fries), nasi briyani, indian rojak and a drink stall that serves interesting concoctions and refreshing beverages.
My favourite has got to be the fish soup (sop ikan) stall. Using rich-flavoured fresh stock and ground ikan billis that is only spooned into the stock while cooking upon ordering, the soup itself is simply scrumptious. The fish slices (I think they use batang fish) are fresh and the other accompaniments of vegetables, tofu cubes, tomato wedges and black seaweed just add texture and colour to the dish. Portion is generous. My husband thinks it’s just standard. But each time we count the fish slices in our respective bowls when we eat separately, it seems mine would always have extra pieces than my husband’s! Maybe the Malay lady at the stall gives me a tiny incentive because I’m a regular customer? Maybe it’s just sheer luck!
After trying many fish soups in Singapore, this one has made into my top 3 spots together with the one at Maxwell Market as well as The Arcade (Raffles Place). Each soup has its own distinctive taste and flavour. This is fish soup bliss!
Mr Teh Tarik Eating House
Blk 608 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5