PUBLISHED July 19th, 2014 06:37 am | UPDATED February 9th, 2020 07:36 pm
When it comes to local food in Singapore, the legendary fish head curry seems to be underrated next to the likes of Hainanese chicken rice. And there are a few variations to the dish that people may not know of. The Chinese version usually features a milder, but equally flavourful curry while the Indian version lays on a curry that is full of bold intense flavours from the multiple spices used. The Peranakan version features an Assam curry gravy which is sour and spicy. This is our list of the best places to find fish head curry in Singapore.
For more delicious Singapore cuisine, check out our guide to the Best Zi Char Restaurants in Singapore and Dining Guide To Keong Saik Road: The Foodie’s Haven.
When talking about good Indian food, Muthu’s Curry is a name that is always mentioned. Having a long-standing reputation to uphold, Muthu’s Curry has never fallen short of providing customers with good service and even better food. One of the most sought-after dishes that everyone has to order when they have a meal there is their signature Fish Head Curry. The curry boasts plenty of intense flavours, which does not scare you off but entices you to have more. The massive fish head served in the delicious curry sauce is always fresh and meaty. Locals have gone to Muthu’s Curry for this dish since childhood, and will always come back for more. If you are looking for an intensely flavourful curry, Muthu’s Curry is a name that should be at the top of your list.
Muthu’s Road is located at the following locations: 138 Race Course Road , #01-01, Singapore 218591, 10.30 AM TO 10.30 PM, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #B1-1019 Singapore 038983, 11.30 AM TO 3 PM (lunch), 6 PM to 10 PM (dinner), Blk 7 Dempsey Road #01-01 Singapore 249671, 11.30 AM TO 3 PM (Lunch), 6 PM to 10 PM (dinner).
Novena Peranakan Cuisine’s Assam Curry Fish Head
If you are looking for a sour and spicy Fish Head Curry experience, then you might want to try Assam Fish Head Curry. This can be commonly found in Peranakan restaurants or some Muslim hawker centre stalls. However, if you are looking for gold-star experience, Novena Peranakan Cuisine is the place to go. Having a reputation of being one of Singapore’s best Peranakan restaurants, Novena Peranakan has never failed to deliver the best of Peranakan flavours. The reasonably priced Assam Fish Head Curry is a prime example. The curry sauce is both sour and slightly spicy, and heavenly when drizzled over fragrant white rice, but you can also drink it like a soup. The fish is fresh and meaty, and is always just perfectly cooked and covered with the Assam gravy. This is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on.
Novena Peranakan Cuisine is located at #01-02, Novena Gardens, 273 Thomson Road
Operating Hours: Daily, 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm– 11pm
Ivins Assam Curry Fish Head
Ivins is another famous Peranakan Restaurant in Singapore. Known for delivering intense flavour with each dish, expect nothing short of mouthwatering here. The curry sauce is an intensely flavoured combination of Peranakan flavours, acidity and spiciness. The Assam gravy here is thicker and the fish is cooked longer, but still tastes fresh and is somewhat more like a stew than a watery gravy, which we promise will leave you satisfied and full. If you like your Assam curry hot and thick, the Fish Head Curry at Ivins is one to check out.
IVINS Peranakan Restaurant is located at Binjai Park, Bukit Timah, Singapore 589827
Operating Hours: Mon – Wed: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00, Fri – Sun: 11:00 – 15:00, 17:00 – 21:00
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
This restaurant is well reputed for using extremely fresh fish. With that fundamental element taken care of, one can of course expect some good Fish Head Curry here! Expect to have a massively-sized, fresh fish head, cooked perfectly and served with a decadent curry sauce that goes beautifully well with the fresh fish. The best thing about the dish here is the ability to taste the freshness of the fish, even through all the flavours from the curry gravy. Although the gravy is not the most talked about amongst the locals, the quality of the fish is what Zai Shun uses to outshine its competitors.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head is located at Blk 253, Jurong East St 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253.
Operating Hours: 7am-3pm, closed on Wednesday
So where is your favourite fish head curry in Singapore? Let us know in the comments.