Have I mentioned before that I hate eating at food courts? I do. In fact, I try to avoid them as much as possible. The stuff offered at food courts are usually sub-par but cost twice as much as their hawker centre counterparts. Total waste of calories and total waste of money.
But, eating is a communal thing and sometimes, you gotta go with where the pack wants to go. So, when my friends suggested heading to the food court at Vivocity, I tagged along. Ah well, it's sometimes the company you enjoy than the food you eat, isn't it?
I thought sticking to something safe like fish soup would do the trick, and besides, this stall looked like it had quite the queue. Boy was I wrong.
The Fish Soup ($4.50), with just a handful of fish slices (4-5 of them thin ones), was incredibly miserly and miserable a portion. The soup was practically an MSG-bomb and the fish so treated with milk (to remove any fishy odour) that there were unappetizing milk strands hanging off the fish. The only good stuff about this were the lettuce, beancurd and tomatoes.
The Tom Yum Fish Soup ($7 for large) broth was similarly insipid and reeked of a generic premix base. The layer of chilli oil floating on the surface was also quite off-putting.
The Fried Dory Fish with rice ($5) was dried out. A hard crisp all the way to the flesh. Not even the liberal tomato-ish based gravy could save this so-simple-I-have-no-idea-how-they-screwed-it-up fish.
Ed's Fish Soup
Food Republic @ Vivocity
1 Harbourfront Walk
Vivocity Level 3
Open daily from 8am to 10pm