Judging for the annual Singapore Hawker Masters awards began on Friday, with the panel of judges starting by tasting fish soup.
The finalists included Ng Seng Heng at Pek Kio Market & Food Centre; Han Kee Fish Soup and Piao Ji Fish Porridge – both at Amoy Street Food Centre; and Han Jiang Fish Soup at 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue.
There are four finalists for the fish soup category because two stalls received equal votes. The other categories – Indian mee goreng, popiah, beef noodle, lor mee, and mee soto – all have three finalists each.
At each fish soup stall, the eight judges snapped pictures of the dishes and had animated discussions about the key factors that make the perfect one bowl wonder – the soup’s flavour as well as the freshness and texture of the fish.