Taking on projects and checking in at the offices located at Raffles Place meant that I get more opportunities to lunch with the friends who work in the area. I've been told that the fish soup at Hup Lee Cafeteria (合利) at The Arcade is really good, but I've never eaten there or done a takeaway portion. I was really curious and the friends made a date with me for an early lunch at the little shop. It's right next to the exit facing Fullerton Bay Hotel, and it's so hot. The building's air-conditioning clearly doesn't extend to this shop.
[Addendum: The girlfriend tells me that we've gone to this shop together years ago. WHUT. For hours now, I've been trying to recall that lunch, and I still have absolutely no recollection of it. 🤦🏻♀️]
We went there for lunch at 11.20am. The friends said that if we were to get a table, we had to get there early. Most people end up getting their food to go, but even so, they had to queue for at least 15 minutes. Wah. When we got there, the little space was full, but luckily, there was one last table for us. When we finished lunch and strolled out, the queues for both takeaway counters and dine-in were mad long. Woah! Cooled down by running errands at the pharmacy, then headed upstairs for an awesome cup of caffe latte at Grind Coffee.
I enjoyed the fish soup! It was delicious! Curiosity satisfied. I wanted a bit of bite in my lunch, and decided on the fried slices of fish instead of the usual that were just blanched. Opted for the thick bee hoon in soup. Love thick bee hoon. The soup base was lovely, as was the fish. The garlic and chilli were perfect accompaniments.