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Ichiban Seafood Sliced Fish Soup: Food, Food everywhere, but nothing good to eat!

Update: 9 Dec 2015
Address of the stall has been updated

Fried Fish Soup $3.50
Fried Fish Soup $3.50

I am sure you have felt it before. You walk into a large food centre and there are food stalls everywhere but none of which are worth your calories.

That has happened to me many times at Seah Im Food Centre which is why I guess I have never blogged any stalls there before. This time round, my friend Damien, told me about this particular fish soup place which is currently his No. 1 spot for fish soup. If you have been following the blog, you would know that Damien is one of my most trusted kakis. So when he says something is good, it is usually worth checking out.

This time round though, I found that we have differing opinions. I guess, it depends on what you expect from a fish soup.

The one thing we do agree on is the freshness and quality of the fish and Ichiban delivers on this. The fish is sliced surprisingly thick and cooked perfectly such that the flesh is tender but firm. And for $3.50, I thought they were particularly generous with their portions. I was also impressed with their fried fish. A lot of places might use the cheaper Dory (pangasius hypothalamus, iridescent shark), but this place actually uses a very good Sea Bass (Kim Bak Lor). So both the fried version and the fresh version of the soup are excellent.

Sliced Fish Soup $3.50
Sliced Fish Soup $3.50

Where our preferences differ on is the soup. I have always preferred a soup with plenty of oommmph, while Damien like the clear and light version. So if you are like your soup “Cheng Cheng” (light and clear), then this fish soup should score highly. For me, I think it is at least a place in the whole of Seah Im that I can at least blog about. It is a good fish soup, but I wouldn’t need to go all the way there to eat it.

Oh, before I forget, I think the chilli here is worth mentioning. Instead of the usual sliced chilli with soy sauce, their chilli here is almost like a Chicken Rice chilli and has a wonderfully strong calamansi fragrance which I thought was quite unique and actually went well with the fish. 4.25/5

It is quite a shame that we really couldn’t find anything else in Seah Im to recommend. OMark had heard a lot about a certain Malay Chicken rice, but it didn’t quite “make it”. Then there was another braised duck that we tried. Again, I wouldn’t want to waste your calories by telling you about it. I walked past a Hokkien Mee that a lot of people seemed to be ordering, but I was warned by yet another kaki that it also CMI (cannot make it).

Such a shame that we couldn’t find another stall to rave about. Perhaps there is something you can recommend?

Conclusion

If you are at Seah Im Food Centre and looking for something to eat, then this stall is a good choice. The fish is fresh and they are very generous and the chilli is unique and has quite a kick.

Note:  The stall has moved to Alexandra Food Centre

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Ichiban Seafood Sliced Fish Soup

Address:
Alexandra Village Food Centre #01-44, 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150120
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Opening hours:
8:00AM to 8:00PM
  • David

    The taste has become ordinary ever since the change in owners. Anyone knows what happened to the original owners?

    • Fish lover

      The new owner is a disappointment. Avoid at all costs. Where are the original owner whereabouts

      • Theresa Chow

        My son craves for their soup n chilli:(
        anyone knows where are they now?

  • Dee

    Yes I am very disappointed that the stall has changed hands. The fish soup is a totally different one now. I wonder what happened to the original owners. I will miss the fish soup too 🙁

  • dc

    They just opened at Alexandra Village!! Beside the famous beef noodles stall. Was so excited to see them again. Same delicious clear soup and succulent fish. Do go and support! 🙂

  • Thanks for the update!

  • Eleanor

    Hi Dr Tay, do you mind updating their address? They are now at Alexandra Village Food Centre #01-44. I just dropped by yesterday. Think their regulars like me would be very happy to know of this new information!

    • Thanks! Address updated. Are their opening times the same?

      • Eleanor

        Yup, but they’re open for all 7 days now.

  • Wang Huiyang

    The uncle and auntie is at alexandra food market #01-44. The stall at seah im is not cooked by them anymore.
    Chilli and fish remains the same. Found them finally!!