Singapore’s hawker food is so wide-ranging, but perhaps there are still some stalls that perhaps not everyone would be immediately keen to try.
For example, Turtle Soup. It is certainly what some would not think as “instagrammable”.
Turtle Soups are considered a Chinese royalty food in the past in Singapore, but still a delicacy here.
As turtles are a symbol of longevity, there are Chinese who believe consuming them would aid in longer lives.
Soft-shelled turtles are used in the cooking, in which the meat, skin and innards are all used.
The final combination would something herbal-tasting, aromatic and nourishing – said to be with medicinal properties to help enrich the blood and moisturise the kidney.
If you want to try Turtle Soups, Tan Ser Seng Herbs Restaurant (29 Lor Bachok), Kent Thong Turtle Soup (Chinatown Food Centre), Havelock Turtle Soup (Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre), Fu He Turtle Soup (Berseh Food Centre), and Very Lucky Turtle Soup (also at Berseh Food Centre).
Fu He Turtle Soup & Delights 福和 has been serving turtle soup and stew soups for over 30 years at Berseh Food Centre.
The stall is also newly included in the Michelin Guide Singapore 2022.
Its menu is considered wide-ranging – in fact so many items that you may just stand in front of the stall wondering what to order. Then realise there are more items displayed on the side.
Other than the signature Claypot Stewed Turtle Soup (best paired with Taro Rice), there are other categories from soup, zi char items, Steamed Fish to Claypot Rice.
When I visited during a late evening time, most of the soups were sold out, and was left with a “Shi Quan” Black Chicken Soup.
They also serve Shi Quan Duck Soup ($6), Shi Quan Pig’s Tail Soup ($6), Lotus Roots with Pork Ribs Soup ($5), Watercress with Pork Ribs Soup ($5), Herbal Chicken Soup ($6), Peppery Pig’s Stomach and Chicken Soup ($6), Duck with Preserved Vegetable Soup ($5.50), and Ginseng Black Chicken Soup ($5.50).
My soup came with strong rather intense flavours, and was a hearty, warming soup. While it was herbal, it was thankfully not overly medicinal-tasting like what I experienced elsewhere.
Fu He Delights at Berseh Food Centre may be more known for its Turtle Soups (one of the two stalls left selling this at the hawker centre), but many customers were also ordering their Claypot Rice ($7, $15, $20).
After a 25 minutes’ wait or so, the hot piping pot of aromatic rice with sizzling sounds would just whet your appetite.
While I thought that the ingredients such as chicken, lup cheong and vegetables tasted separate from one another, the tantalising factors were the flavourful dark sauce and sweetish-chilli sauce.
One of the better Claypot Rice you can find in this area.
Yes, there are zi char dishes as well, including Beef Horfun ($6), Sliced Fish Bee Hoon ($6), Fried Rice ($5), Prawn Roll ($5), Kai Lan ($7), to Fu Rong Omelette ($7).
The Silky Egg “Hua Dan” Sheng Mian ($6) that I saw other customers ordering, turned out to be a good choice with thin crispy noodles, thick slices of fish, smooth gravy and wok-hei.
Fu He Turtle Soup & Delights 福和山瑞，炖汤和小吃
Berseh Food Centre #02-40/47,166 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat – Sun), Closed Fri
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