Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

This is an exceptionally addictive soup with no equal in my experience. It's from Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup 东方红墨鱼什锦汤 in Hong Lim Food Centre, Singapore.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Ai yo yo.... the soup is made with chicken, crab, fish bones, and run off water from making squid balls, fish balls and pork balls - win already lor... . It is so rich with complementary layers of natural savoury sweet flavours.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Dong Fang Hong is run by three sisters - 阿云, 丽 and Joanne (right). The stall was founded by their father. 阿云 in her seventies now, started working at the stall when she was 14 years old. Every day, the sisters start work at the stall at 3am to prepare the soup and make the squid, fish, and pork balls. They also make fish dumplings.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

When I complimented the sisters for staying true to tradition, big sister 阿云 replied matter of factly "要做就做到最好, 这是我们爸爸传下来的 Once we are committed to do this, we have to do our best. It is our father's legacy".

👏👏👏

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Open for business from 11am - 2pm (Mon - Thurs), there is always a long line at Dong Fang Hong. It is one of the inside facing stalls at the ground level.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Prices at $4.50 (S), $5.50 (M) and $6.50 (L). Add 50 cents for rice or your choice of noodles including kway chap.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

First things first, the soup.

Ai yo yo... it's the essence of everything in that slightly cloudy spoonful - fish bone, chicken, flower crab, dried sole fish (ti poh), fried garlic, dried seaweed, mang kuang 芒光, button mushrooms, run off water from making fish balls etc.... I don't know what other secret ingredients the sisters put into their additive potion.

The taste is complex yet it is coherent as it is just many many complementary layers of natural savoury sweetness.

Aiyoh... I am addicted liao 😱

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

The signature sotong ball. You can taste and smell the squid, and feel the lively gentle spring to the bite. There were tiny bits of chopped squid in the hand made squid balls.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Hand made fish ball spiked with bits of embedded chive and chili.

Wicked.

Too wicked.

Nice springy tender crunch. Subtle sweet taste of fresh yellowtail fish balanced with briny savouriness from the soup.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Hand made Teochew fish dumpling (known as her keow in Teochew).

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Savoury sweet minced pork ball.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

The sisters...., they are taste extremists.

As if the soup is not flavoursome enough, they mined it with squares of savoury ti poh (dried sole fish) that explode in savoury bursts in the mouth 😄

I promise I will not drink anybody else's soup any more 😂 No one else's soup can make me this happy 😄

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

We had one bowl of just soup with everything and a second bowl of soup with everything plus (generic) kway chap inside. It's down to personal preference, I prefer the soup with everything plus rice in a separate bowl. That way I can savour the flavour of the soup without anything interfering with the finely tuned taste profile.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Recommended for you 👍 I leave it to you. If you don't want to suffer the dilemma of leaving your current favourite soup stall, my advice is to stay away from Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup 😜 As for me, it is already too late - I have tasted it 😋 

Don't say I never warn you.

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup. Best Food @ Hong Lim Food Centre 东方红墨鱼什锦汤

Restaurant nameDong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup 东方红墨鱼什锦汤
Address531A Upper Cross Street, #01-47 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
GPS1°17'07.5"N 103°50'44.6"E 🌐 1.285410, 103.845719
Hours: 11:00am - 2:00pm (Sat & Sun off)

Non Halal




Date visited: 2 Jan 2019


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1 comment:

  1. Gave this stall a try earlier after reading your review. The soup is indeed not flavoursome enough but others may like it. The Sotong balls are quite unique and overall, I would rate 3.5/5 (would have given 3 if not for the sotong balls).

    Keep up the good work in recommending new makan options.

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I share hoping that everyone will have a good time but your experience may differ from mine. I love to know how you enjoyed yourself or if you didn't.

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