Fishball Story Opens at NUS – Longest Queue in the Canteen!
With the conclusion of contract at Golden Mile Hawker Centre, the famous Fishball Story has moved to University Town at NUS. Young and passionate hawker Douglas Ng makes his own fishballs, the way his grandmother used to make them.
His fishballs uses pure yellow tail fish with no flour. This young chap comes to the stall at 4am everyday and starts making fishballs. He blends fish paste, hand press the fishballs and fishcakes, makes the sambal and lard… so that he will be ready to serve by 8am. Hard work, isn’t it?
For $3 a bowl, you get a bowl of handmade fishballs, fishcakes and mee pok tossed with sambal chilli and lard. The fishballs are firm and my mee pok is al dente and has a QQ textue. I love the fishcakes, it’s soft yet roughly textured and speckled with chilli and scallions. The lard and fried shallots seem to be lesser, and the sambal chilli was a little too gentle for me. But for the students, they have no quarrels about it, hence forming the longest queue in the canteen.
Being a hawker is not an easy job – the long hours and the heat are but some of the challenges hawkers face daily. Young hawkers like Douglas are what we need to preserve our Hawker culture. His insistence to make his own fishballs by hand shows his dedication and gives light to our vanishing hawker heritage. There will be exciting plans for Fishball Story in April near Fusionopolis, stay tuned!
Address: 2 College Avenue West #02-01, Stephen Riady Center, University Town @ NUS, Singapore 138607 (Entrance is Opposite New Town Secondary School along Dover Road)
Opening Hours: 8.30am to 8pm daily
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