Song Kee Fishball Noodles @ Toa Payoh Lorong 5
Song Kee Fishball Noodles is not a stranger to many. Having been around for 16 years, many food lovers will come by this stall in Toa Payoh for their fish noodles. This is one of the my favourite lunch spot during my journalist days. Not only because it is near to office, their he giao (fish dumplings) are to die for.
Most of the time, I preferred to have mee kia but for Song Kee, the mee pok tastes so much better without the strong alkaline taste. I ordered a spicy version, with every strand of mee pok coated with their homemade spicy sauce. The generous amount of fried shallots and chili paste make every mouthful of noodles drool-worthy. Some may complain about the abundance of chilli oil, but I really don’t mind it for the flavours I am getting. How to enjoy hawker food if your char kway teow doesn’t add lard and you replace white rice with nasi lemak?
Priced at $3 a bowl, the noodles come with a generous serving of fishballs and tau pok. Using fresh yellow tail fish (番薯鱼), the handmade fishballs are firm, springy and very fresh with a nice mild fish flavour. Actually I prefer it to be bigger for a better bite. Unfortunately, they don’t do fish dumplings anymore because the owner said that he got complained by neighbours while he was making the dumplings at home. Nevermind, I am happy with just eating their fishballs and noodles which is very generous with lard and fried shallots.
I am still amazed at how they are able to cramp the machines within the stall. In order to get the fishballs ready for the next morning, they start making the fishballs at 3 am in the morning. Salute their effort! I really hope they can bring their fish dumplings back one day. In fact, many of my friends have been asking me to visit the nephew’s outlet in Serangoon. Will do it soon!
Song Kee Fishball Noodles
Address: Blk 75, Toa Payoh Lorong 5, #01-354M.
Opening hours: 10.30am to 12 midnight, closed every alternate Wednesday