Think this is the 2nd time that I'm having fish head steamboat, the 1st being so long ago that I couldn't remember what it tasted like. Anyway, this store is located at the stretch of road adjacent to beach road, leading to The Concourse.
There are two similar shops along the street, one just named Nan Hwa Chang, located closer to the main road junction, the other which I frequented was slightly further in, named Nan Hwa Chang (Ah Chiu). According to my girlfriend's mom, there were some sort of business dispute and thus splitted up, with the 2nd one being more original. Anyone could clarify?
Business was so good that they opened up tables beyond the coffeeshop and onto the back alley and side walk. Been quite some time since I last had a meal by the roadside! Service was quick and efficient, staff helped you look for tables and could easily rant off recommendations.
Pomfret Steamboat (Small)
There are other fishes available such as different breeds of grouper. But we chose the original pomfret and wasn't disappointed. The portion was rather generous, with chunks of fresh and tender pomfret slices. There were also yam pieces, seaweed and vegetable in the pot. Most importantly, the soup was really good, containing the natural sweetness of the fish and side ingredients. The non-thirsty aftertaste showed that the soup was MSG-free too. A reminder: Do finish your pot of broth 1st before asking for the free refills, as it severly lacked the desired fish flavour.
Stir Fried Sambal Sweet Potato Leaves
Deep fried Beancurd
A nice change from your usual sambal kangkong, the potato leaves were full of "wok-hei". The beancurd would have been more appreciated if I had never eaten at Pow Sing Chicken Rice before, which served the best, silkiest deep fried beancurd. Nevertheless, it was still above average and went well with the sweet sauce.
Total bill was ~$50-$60 for 3, with two cans of drinks. A nice place to go when you are craving for good ol fish broth! Maybe when I'm free enough I will do a side-by-side comparison with the other store too!