Saturday, March 17, 2007

Glorious Fish Bee Hoon

Here's another gem at Maxwell Food Centre. I've, for the longest time, given this stall a miss due to their long queues. But after seeing only two people that made up the queue on an early Sunday lunch, my feet can't help but to shuffle to become third in line.

This was my first time tasting their Fish Bee Hoon(vermicelli) ($4) and I was excited seeing that I had the chance of eating at this popular stall without queuing for ages. Call it cheap thrill but it adds on to the pleasure.
The stuff here certainly did not disappoint.

The Fried Fish Bee Hoon here at Jin Hua consisted of smooth, chewy thick Bee Hoon accompanied by green stalks of Kai Lan (mustard leaves) and thick chunks of fried fish. The fried fish chunks were well dusted with flour and deep-fried to a nice golden tan. And probably the best part was the soup that all these yummy fish chunks swam in. It was a milky, potent broth that tasted slightly sweet and well-balanced with ginger and pepper. I was also pleasantly perked up with the aromatic scent of Hua Tiao Jiu (Chinese cooking wine) that hovered over the bowl.

Personally, I feel that this is one stall whose queue justifies its food. So the next time you see a long queue, get in line and consider no further for a glorious bowl of Fish Bee Hoon.

Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon
Maxwell Food Centre

Chew On This: As soon as I had finished my $4 bowl of Fish Bee Hoon, I started to regret. I should have ordered a bigger bowl instead. So I had a second round, rejoined the queue and ordered a $5 serving. And again I regretted. I could tell no difference between the $4 and $5 portions. So you have been warned.

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