Ka-Soh (also known as Swee Kee Fish Head Noodle House) is one of those dining institutions known for its Cantonese style dishes, especially its milky fish slices soup with noodles.
It has just opened a new outlet at Greenwood Avenue, at the Bukit Timah area. (The Ka-Soh Restaurant at College Road is constantly awarded with a Michelin Bib Gourmand by the way.)
However, reviews generally have been divided.
Diners love the restaurant for its signature dishes such as Prawn Paste Chicken, Deep Fried Pork Ribs, Black Bean Sauce Spare Ribs, Salted Fish Fried Rice, Crabmeat Egg Tofu, and San Lou Horfun.
There are others who felt that the quality is inconsistent, price slightly on the expensive side, and perhaps taste differ from the good-old days.
There are three exclusive dishes to Ka-Soh at Greenwood Avenue – Prawn Noodle Soup ($16), Seafood KL Hokkien Mee ($9, $14), and Oatmeal Pork ($19, $29).
However, any average customer won’t have known as it was not indicated in the menu, plus the server didn’t recommend them. I was only informed on my way out after paying (Therefore, I made it a point to make a return trip.)
While the Prawn Noodle Soup ($16) seemed to be pricey, the generous portion with many slices of fresh snakehead fish and three tiger prawns made it looked all worthwhile.
The cloudy-orange appearance of the broth contrasted with the white fish slices looked promising. But if one came expecting the umami-rich prawn stock flavours, then you might be disappointed.
The base was milky and mild, closer to flavours of fish noodle soup rather than prawn stock which would be sweeter. Overall, I wished the soup could have been more robust-tasting.
The Oatmeal Pork ($19) was a refreshing change from the typical Cereal Prawn, which was presented full of buttery and addictive cereal, slight spiciness coming from the curry leaves and minute amounts of chilli.
The pork cubes didn’t disappoint, though I thought it needed some sauce and so a dip on the chilli sauce worked wonders (I requested separately for a saucer.)
There was also a feeling that pork slices might be a suitable alternative in terms of texture, that could work in complement with rice.
The Prawn Paste Chicken aka Har Cheong Gai ($16, $24) continued to be a favourite with its golden-brown crisp, juicy meat and faint prawn-paste aroma.
Ka-Soh – Greenwood
22 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289218
Tel: +65 8754 7481
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon