I had to return the graduation gown which I had rented and so might as well fix dinner at the near-by Tian Wai Tian Fishhead Steamboat stall just a few units away. This stall has been around for a looooong time and having studied at SAS just further up and lived in Towner, the area gave me a sense of familiarity and nostalgia.
Dinner was with 3/5 the family as dad was working while my doggie is not entitled to steamboat.
The Pomfret Fishhead Steamboat (~$30+) had many chunks of fishhead and some sliced pomfret meat. The fish tasted fresh and I like its very smooth, almost silky texture. The soup was richly flavoured with ginger, sour plums, fish bones, chicken bones (I suspect), dried seaweed and fried yam among other ingredients...though it got overly concentrated and salty towards the end. Maybe the next time I should request for some hot water in addition to the soup stock that is used to refill the pot.
The alluring aroma of glowing charcoal added another layer of pleasure (even if it's psychological). But its gentle warmth keeps the soup nicely hot and bubbling.
The Hae Chor (~$8) had a rustic appeal. Minced pork was mixed with prawns and crunchy waterchestnuts before being rolled with a beancurd skin, lightly battered and fried. Good with a dab of sambal chilli and sweet sauce....especially over rice.
A simple stir fried Kang Kong with garlic (~$6). Still crunchy and fragrant with garlic.
The food is not bad and the place has an old world charm (oh no. I've been charmed by all these old school places. It's a sign!!) that lures the modern soul.
Tian Wai Tian Fishhead Steamboat
1382/1383 Serangoon Road
Tel: 6292 9982
Opens: Monday to Friday: 11am-2pm; 6pm-11pm
Weekends & Public Holidays: 4.30pm-11pm
Chew On This: For a back-alley dining experience, opt to sit at one of the tables behind the shopfront. Not many places in Singapore offer this!