The Place Yishun is a destination dining spot if you are not staying in the north, and the newest opening in Yishun at Northpoint City is Yun Nans Stonepot Fish, a popular concept in Yunnan that opened its first overseas outpost in Singapore. Yun Nans Stonepot Fish is by Yunnan F&B chain, and the concept is famous for its collagen-rich fish soup that is pressure-steamed in a stone pot made of natural granite. This is also the first and only stonepot fish concept in Singapore to use live fish.
The first thing I noticed about the interior of Yun Nans Stonepot Fish is the illusion of white clouds on its ceiling, where each table comes with its own stone pot. The interior is contemporary looking where the furniture are mainly earthly tones.
The Food As its name suggests, the fish is the main highlight here where the restaurant uses sustainably sourced fishes from local farms. Choose from choices of seabass, patin or soon hock, starting from S$28. I had the Live Soon Hock (S$8.80/100g) With Signature Collagen Fish Soup (S$18/pot), where the staff will first sanitised the stone pot for each table.
The stone pot is then covered with a handcrafted bamboo hat that doubles as the pot’s lid once the dish and soup are poured into the stone pot.
The cooking is done right in front of customers to preserve freshness of the fish and it takes about 6 to 8 minutes, and I do like the rich and nourishing taste of the collagen soup which has been simmered for more than six hours. The fish meat itself is really fresh, with a firm texture as a testament to its freshness. Other than collagen fish soup, there is also the option of Wild Mushroom Soup (S$18++) which uses Yunnan’s Shangri-La Matsutake mushrooms.
There is a Sauce Bar (S$3 per person) corner at the restaurant and my favourite sauce is the Thai chilli sauce which goes really well with the fish meat.
Once you are done with the first round of fish, the staff will place the remaining fish meat on a separate plate, before adding other dishes you have ordered into the pot. I had the Seafood Platter (S$32.80/small) which include ingredients like scallops, fresh prawns, fish maw and prawn paste; along with an Assorted Vegetable Platter (S$13.80/small) which include the likes of wheat pumpkin, lotus root, chayote leaves, spinach, golden fungus and Lijiang purple heart potatoes. These are then cooked in the pot for few minutes.
For sides dishes, there are options like the Crispy Barramundi Collar (S$9.80/3 pieces) where the lightly fried marinated sea bass collars are served with a salt and pepper dip; or go for the Crispy Rice Cake With Brown Sugar where the brown sugar sauce goes really well with the rice cake.
The Grilled Clams With Spicy Garlic Sauce (S$12.90) is quite interesting as it comes in an aluminum foil where the clams were cooked over, and there is also vermicelli at the bottom of the claims which soaks up the spicy sauce.
If you need rice, go for the delicious Fragrant Scallion Rice (S$3) where dried shrimp, shiitake mushrooms and shallots are first stir-fried before steaming with Thai fragrant rice.
Rants Be prepared to queue as the waiting time can be quite long.
Will I Return Again? Quite an interesting concept which is similar to steamboat, just that it is over the built-in stone pot at each table in Yun Nans Stonepot Fish. The fish is definitely the highlight for me, and there is a good variety of side dishes to complement the fish. Worth a try if you have the time to queue (or try reserving a table online) and if you are in the area.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Yun Nans Stonepot Fish
Northpoint City, #01-103 (South Wing),1 Northpoint Drive
Tel: +65 6513 1381
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter