This is my favorite fish soup stall in the entire Johor Bahru. Ah Chuan Fish Soup has been a staple for me since 2012. It is run by two brothers in their twenties. They may be young but their fish soup is way more delicious then veteran hawkers twice their age. Like the saying goes: "Age is just a number".
Ah Chuan Fish Soup was located along Jalan Lumba Kuda which is a stone's throw from JB Customs and Immigration Building. However as more and more Malaysians park their vehicles around the area to cross over to Singapore for work, customers numbers decline due to lack of parking space. In 2014, they threw in the towel and shifted to their present location at Jalan Sri Pelangi.
The Barramundi (Jin Mu Lu) is sliced thick, not like the thin razor blade cut found in some places. The fresh fish is so skillfully cooked that the pieces crumbles in your mouth without much chewing The soup base is made from four main ingredients: ginger, salted vegetable, tomatoes and fried fish bones grind into powder. Yes, you read correctly "fried fish bones". The soup is to die for.
Their home-made fishball (they actually make it in their home) is light and chewy, with little added starch. You can either ask them to add fish balls to you slice fish soup or you can order it individually at RM $6.00.
I highly recommend this stall to fans of fish soup. Even if you are not a fan, give this place a try and you may be converted. There is a saying in Singapore that there is no such thing as "Cheap and Good" . Well, such things do exist in Johor Bahru.
Ah Chuan Fish Soup
124-138, Jalan Sri Pelangi, Taman Pelang, Johor Bahru.
Opens Daily from 8.00 am to 2.30 pm or until they run out of fish.