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Cheater’s Sliced Fish Noodle Soup

Cheater's Sliced Fish Noodle Soup Recipe

This recipe uses packet instant bee hoon (vermicelli) as a short cut.

Omit the evaporated milk if you prefer a clear soup base.


  • 150g batang fish slices (Spanish mackerel/马鲛鱼)
  • 1 level tsp fine sea salt for marinating fish
  • 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp light soy sauce
  • 3/4 tbsp Chinese wine (Hua Tiao/Shaoxing)
  • 1000 ml water
  • 2 packets instant bee hoon (chicken flavour)
  • 6 ginger slices
  • a small section of bittergourd spongy bits removed, sliced thinly
  • 1 small tomato cut to 6 wedges
  • a handful of quick-cooking greens such as chye sim (菜心) or Chinese spinach leaves (sharp/round or baby spinach)
  • 40 ml evaporated milk optional

Suggested Garnishes (A)

  • 1 tbsp crispy garlic oil optional
  • chopped spring onions and/or coriander
  • white pepper powder to taste
  • a saucer of cut chilli padi in soy sauce (at the side)


  1. Prep & marinade the fish. Add fish slices in a small bowl with enough water to cover the fish. Add salt and massage onto the flesh for one minute. Add cornstarch (stir to dissolve) and soak the fish for 4 minutes. Rinse the fish to wash off the salt and cornstarch, then drain. Marinade fish with sesame oil, soy sauce and Chinese wine for at least 15 minutes in the fridge. Check out the step-by-step photos in this tutorial.
  2. Cook the fish noodles. Bring water to a boil. From the instant bee hoon packets, add the dried noodles (bee hoon) bundles. When the noodles are cooked, take them out and transfer to two serving bowls. Add instant noodles seasonings, ginger, bittergourd and tomato to the pot. Cook for 1 minute. Add marinated fish, green veg and evaporated milk. When the fish is cooked (turns opaque; less than a minute), turn off the heat. Ladle the hot soup over the bee hoon. Garnish with (A) and serve immediately.
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4 comments on “Cheater’s Sliced Fish Noodle Soup”

  1. wow that soup looks really creamy and so very flavoursome! Love this cheater version even more than the tradtional one.

  2. Myojo instant bee-hoon? Never seen before leh , or maybe it’s just me who lost touch!

    From all your “upgrades” (the 好料 e.g. fish slices, bittergourd, tomatoes), it does not look “instant” at all! 厉害!

    • It has been around for a long time, but I didn’t know about it too until my mum told me (bee hoon is the only type of instant noodles she eats :D)

  3. Tried your fish noodle soup recipe tonight and it was super easy and tasty. The marinade for the fish really made the difference. Also, the crispy garlic oil as a garnish was a great suggestion!

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