Not everyone is a fan of Mutton Soup. It is ‘heaty’, and mutton meat usually has a particular gamey taste. A friend joked that he spotted mainly uncles queuing up at the Mutton Soup stalls.
If you are searching, some of the famous Mutton Soup stalls in Singapore include Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang at Bukit Merah View, Ivy’s Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup at Pasir Panjang Food Centre, Hong Wen Mutton Soup at Beauty World Food Centre, Kong Kee Mutton Soup at Jalan Besar, and 老吴記 Mutton Soup at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10.
New World Mutton Soup stall found at Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre specialises in Teochew-style mutton soup, and offers a few variations of it.
It is also listed under the Michelin Guide Singapore with a “Michelin Plate”.
First things first, be prepared to rub off the wrong shoulders of auntie. Just smile, order properly but don’t expect a smile back. (I guess quite a number of customers experienced similar seeing the online reviews.)
Start with the basic Mixture ($6, $8, $10) which uses their regular mutton, or the signature Mutton Soup ($6, $8, $10) which includes some better mutton (Though I am not sure why the price is the same).
Here you’re able to choose different cuts of mutton, and other internal organs like the stomach. You can also add other accompaniments such as Tau Pok ($0.60 per piece), Salted Vegetable ($1.20, $2), and Braised Egg ($0.60 per piece).
Prepared after hours of boiling, the soup has a defined light herbal taste and captures the flavour essence of the mutton.
Most of the fats are cut off before cooking, so the soup will come across rather ‘clean-tasting’ and not too oily or rich.
Note its taste may be a tad too sweet for some diners.
For variety, upgrade your Mutton Soup to either Mutton Ribs ($6/$8/$10), Mutton Tendon Ribs ($9/$12) or Mixture & Tendon ($9/12).
The menu recommends the Mutton Kway Teow ($6/$8). They also serve Mutton Meatballs ($5/$6).
While I thought the Kway Teow could have been smoother and silkier, it helped cut through the gaminess of the meat and helped balance out the intensity.
Their own blend of chili is rather appetizing with its spicy-sour taste, with flavour that complements the taste of the mutton.
For those who enjoy the heavy-going Mutton Soup, this may be too muted for them. Otherwise, you can always try something different and go for this Teochew-style mutton soup.
New World Mutton Soup
207 New Upper Changi Road, #01-55 Bedok Interchange Food Centre, Singapore 460207
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues