Saturday, 11 October 2014

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

Yan Ji Seafood Soup 炎记海鲜汤 started in Woodlands Hawker Centre in 1981 - this "Woodlands seafood soup" is now a nation wide brand with 5 outlets (and several copycats) across the island. Yan Ji moved to Marsiling Mall nearly 2 years ago as the old Woodlands HC was demolished. This was my first visit since Yan Ji moved to the new hawker centre.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

This Yan Ji outlet in Marsiling Mall is the original, in the sense that the crew from the parent stall in Woodlands Hawker Centre moved here. I still recognised the unkers in the kitchen 😊

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

Yan Ji is located in one of the inside rows in Marsiling Mall.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

You won't see a long queue at Yan Ji Seafood Soup because after you made your order and paid your bill, they will issue you a pager. Go and find a table at the hawker centre. When the pager buzzes, go back to the stall to collect your food. I waited about 30 minutes before the pager buzzed.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

I ordered the same seafood soup and rice as during my first visit in Woodlands Hawker Centre nearly 4 years ago. This came to S$9 (with rice) - I was pleasantly surprised that it was just slightly higher than $8 from 4 years ago. The soup filled up to ⅔ of the bowl (which is the norm at Yan Ji. Like the bak kut teh stock in Klang where it is also served half full only, Yan Ji's "soup" is really a seafood stock).

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

The soup made with chicken, pork and scallops etc was sweet savoury in many layers. The dominant sweetness was from pork followed by seafood. The crustacean savouriness (umami) wasn't as robust or deep as I remembered it. The soup body also felt lighter. (Those who felt Yan Ji's soup was too "salty" before, may like it better now.)

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

There were 4 or 5 pieces of this minced pork big and small. A lot of the sweetness and savoury flavour in the dish came from this minced pork. This minced pork "cake" reminded me of the steamed minced pork dish, but there was more to it. There were bits of soft crunchy mushrooms in the minced pork "cake". There were also powdered fried dried sole fish (ti poh), fish paste and eggs which bind everything together.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

There were 3 good size prawns with shell on.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

The prawns were nicely tender though they didn't have the firm crunch and sweetness of ocean fresh prawns.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

The 4 or 5 pieces of dory fish were soft and flaky. They have their own sweetness plus the sweet savouriness infused from the soup. (For folks who are not dory fish fans, me included, Yan Ji has a grouper fish option at additional cost.)

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

One la la clam. Most of its flavour was already surrendered to the soup (to make it sweeter).

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

The rice was good - clean tasting with just the right tender firmness and moistness.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

The children's section is a good idea to nurture the next generation of hawker centre customers because only when there are customers will there be hawkers and hawker centres.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤
Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

Hawker centres in Singapore have different arrangements to incentivise customers to deliver the trays to the designated washing points. At Marsiling Mall, customers pay an additional 50 cents to use a tray to carry their food from the stall to their table. When customers deliver their tray to the washing point, they will be reimbursed 50 cents.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

Pro Tip: Whether you take a tray or not, please bring your used plates, bowls and cutlery to the washing point.

Woodlands Seafood Soup Yan Ji in Marsiling Mall Singapore 炎记威威食品海鲜汤

👉 炎记 Yan Ji's unique seafood soup created in Singapore is still the best soup that I know of in a Singapore hawker centre.

Bonding Tool blog's review of Yan Ji when it was in Woodlands Hawker Centre 👈 click

Marsiling Mall

Restaurant name: Yan Ji Seafood Soup 炎记海鲜汤
Address: Stall #01-26, Marsiling Mall, 4 Woodlands Street 12, Singapore
GPS1°25'59.7"N 103°46'47.5"E 🌐 1.433250, 103.779871
Tel: 9798 5886
Hours: 10:00am - 8:00pm

Non Halal







Date visited: 21 Oct 2018


Marsiling Mall. 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.  (Yan Ji moved to Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre in Dec 2017.)

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

👉Yan Ji Wei Wei's newest location is at Marsiling Mall (as the original Woodlands location is closed for demolition)




Restaurant nameYan Ji Wei Wei Food Stall 炎记威威食品



Address: Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre, Unit #01-26, 4 Woodlands Street 12
GPS 1°25'60.0"N 103°46'47.6"E | 1.433323, 103.779887
Hours: 11:00am to 4:00pm  (Closed on Mondays)
Non Halal

Date visited: 10 Oct 2014, 11 Oct 2014

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4 comments:

  1. I've always liked their seafood soup. The 猪脚 pig trotter is also one of the better ones around.

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    1. OK I shall order that at my next visit. Thank you Hartmann.

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  2. Overall nice, but don't like the dory fist. i prefer they use batang fish or better fish.

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    1. Thanks Joseph for your comment. It reminded me that they have a grouper fish version at added cost. I shall add that in. Appreciate much.

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