Located in an industrial park, the fish head steamboat bears the same name as the kopitiam, Century Village Eating House. I was uncomfortable with bibical quotes plastered on the walls–don’t force religion on others, man–and I chose to look away.
The service was friendly but pushy, recommending us this and that, and when we wanted item A, the server said, “So I’ll get you Item B.” But I insisted firmly but gently with my choice. Another thing I don’t understand is the random additional of taxes. I thought only businesses with more than 1 million turnover can tax?
The food, however, was worth the initial misgivings. The fish head steamboat ($25), flamed by charcoal, was sweet from yam and natural flavor of the fish, with an excitement of sour plum and salted fish. Little fish meat though. The sambal kangkong with cuttlefish ($10) had a kick but with a buttery sweetness–a rather unique and delicious take.
Besides the steamboat and sambal kangkong, another must-order was salted egg yolk sotong (金沙苏东, $12). Salty, crispy, slightly spicy, a bold taste of salted egg yolk with a sweet aftertaste. There were bits of salted yolk, like those bits at Long John Silver, so delicious!
We also had two other specialties: beer spare-ribs (啤酒排骨, $10) was tender, and there was a fragrance of beer, with an unusual hint of sweet chili; and tofu with crab meat (蟹肉豆腐, $12), a plain dish but executed well, with wok hei. But where was the crab meat?
The shifu‘s skills is level 999. Everything was delicious and tasty, spot-on and different. One of the best cze char I’ve eaten. If I ever open a restaurant, I want to poach the shifu. Including rice and a fruit juice each, four of us spent about $22 each. Highly recommended. (Tip: for fruit juice, go for guava-sour plum or pineapple-honey.)
Century Village Seafood Fish Head Steamboat 世纪村海鲜鱼头炉
Blk 3014, Bedok Industrial Park E, #01-2152, Singapore 489980
T: 6445 0972/ 6444 7977
Rating: 3.125/5 stars (A freak score, should have gotten higher. The food is a 9/10 but other factors pulled down the average.)
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.