Saturday, 11 October 2014

Famous Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji Wei Wei Singapore 炎记威威食品

Yan Ji 炎记 seafood soup stall has been at Woodlands Centre food centre for over 30 years. 

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The queues are long at 炎记 especially during lunch when workers from the industrial areas in Woodlands, Kranji and Admiralty descend on this popular food centre in Singapore's far north.

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Yan Ji 炎记 is now helmed by Ah Whee, the second generation owner and has just opened a branch stall at nearby Marsiling Lane Blk 19.

Initially, I  was a little surprised annoyed when told that prices start at SGD8.00, which is not the norm at suburban Singapore hawker centres.

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But, when the SGD8 bowl of seafood soup arrived, I immediately understood why.

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There were 3 of these very fresh, good sized prawns in the broth.

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The shells fitted the firm meaty prawns snugly but peeled off easily as the prawns were very fresh and cooked just right.

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There were several big pieces of this minced pork and mushroom "biscuit" 肉餅. Tender, mildly savoury and naturally sweet, with bits of visible fat. Very tasty. Likable and filling.

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There were several pieces of this white dory fish meat which were tender and naturally sweet.

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The broth was smooth, full bodied, rich, deep, cloudy, with nicely balanced layers of savouriness and sweetness. A key ingredient in Yan Ji's seafood broth is sun dried Hokkaido scallops. The broth was very drinkable and as the last two drops slide down my throat, I yearned for more.

Many people must be saying in their minds, "May I have some more soup, pleaseee".

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A minor but important detail - the rice. The good quality grains were nicely cooked - the right texture and moistness added to the enjoyment of the seafood soup.

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The next day, I went back to Yan Ji 炎记 to try their SGD10 version with crayfish. (Nowadays, whenever it is feasible, I prefer to visit at place a least twice before blogging about it.) 

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I like crayfish as it is meaty and more tender than prawns. The flavour is also slightly different from prawns, which makes crayfish an interesting alternative, when it is available.

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The seafood broth with crayfish had a more robust crustacean flavour than the one with the prawns. Personally, as I like cleaner tasting broth, I prefer the one with the prawns (which I had yesterday). I suspect that the broth with just fish may be the one that would appeal to me most, and I shall try that at the next visit.

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I was alone and was joined at the table by one of the kopi (coffee) stall owners.

Woodlands is one of the last places in Singapore where you can still start a conversation, by smiling, "Hello, I have not seen you here before..."


The smile was reciprocated, and then, he sat down and we chatted over kopi for 30 minutes :-D  Learnt quite a bit about this food centre by chatting with the kopi stall boss.

Did I hear you say Woodlands is too far?

Yan Ji 炎记 has fans from across the Causeway in Johor Bahru who braved the immigration jam, drive over to enjoy 炎记 seafood soup and then return back to JB.

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Woodlands Centre food centre is on the second floor of Blk 4A. Plenty of car parking next to the food centre.


Restaurant name: Yan Ji Wei Wei Food Stall 炎记威威食品
Address: Blk 4A #02-11 Woodlands Centre Road Food Centre
Maphttp://goo.gl/maps/LWZah
GPS: 1.440934,103.769911
Hours: 11:00am to 4:00pm  (Closed on Mondays)
Non Halal

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炎记 just opened a branch at Broadway Coffee Shop (Marsiling Lane, Blk 19), just beside Marsiling Market which is just 1 bus stop from their old Woodlands Centre stall. Ah Whee shuttles between the two stalls, personally overseeing the operations at both ends.

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Restaurant nameYan Ji Wei Wei Food Stall 炎记威威食品
Address: Marsiling Lane, Blk 19, Broadway Coffee Shop, #01-283
Maphttp://goo.gl/maps/Lt8F8
GPS: 1.44394,103.77766
Hours: 11:00am to 4:00pm  (Closed on Mondays)
Non Halal

Date visited: 10 Oct 2014, 11 Oct 2014


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