Seng Kee 119 Steam Fish Head @ Chinatown

Walking into Chinatown Complex, you will be greeted with a wide selection of hawker food. If you were already having a hard time choosing what to eat, it will still be a difficult choice to make even when you narrow it down to that specific dish. Take “Steam Fish Head” for instance, one of Chinatown Complex’s reputable dishes. Not only are there a few stalls selling fish heads but most of them are almost side by side.

Out of all the steam fish head stalls,  Seng Kee 119 Steam Fish Head  seems to stand out only because of their claims of being the “pioneer stall that originated the steamed fish head in hot sauce”. They also have newspaper articles on their signboards. With all this publicity and hype, we decided to try it for ourselves.

For $15, this is what you get – a plate with lots of bean sauce, lots of lard and of course, a very meaty fish head. The sauce was heavenly. It was salty and not too spicy, thick with a gravy-like texture and it had a lot of beans. The fish did have a lot of bones but it shouldn’t be that difficult to eat if you are careful. The meat had a light and silky texture and there was a lot of meat considering it is the head of a fish. Lastly, we loved how much lard they gave. However, if you really like lard and want more lard, you can’t request it – why!!!! 

Besides trying the fish head, we tried their oyster omelet as well. The omelet was crispy on the edges with a chewy center and the oysters tasted really fresh.

Our third dish was sambal kangkong with cuttlefish. The the sambal sauce was very delicious, it was a little on the sweet s

Our third dish was sambal kangkong with cuttlefish. The sambal sauce was very delicious, it was a little on the sweet side and it wasn’t too spicy. The cuttlefish pieces were given generously and they had a chewy texture which complimented the soft kangkong. 


We came here for the fish head and it did live up to its reputation. What surprised us was that the other dishes were equally as delicious. The next time you are in Chinatown, make sure to try  Seng Kee 119 Steam Fish Head!

Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm. 4:30pm – 10:30pm

Address:  #02-190/200/207, 335 Smith St, Singapore 050335

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