Song Kee Fishball Noodle made headlines when it closed down suddenly at Upper Serangoon Road. When it reopened in a coffeeshop in Joo Chiat, the sleepy stretch of Tembeling Road became a hive of activities. Patrons queued outside the shop and cars waited, patiently or otherwise, for roadside parking lots to be freed up. A year has passed since Song Kee Fishball Noodle set up shop at Tembeling Road. How things have changed when we visited the stall on a weekend evening recently. There was no queue and there was no difficulty finding a parking lot. What has not changed is that Song Kee still serves good handmade fishballs and her-keow (鱼鲛 / fish dumplings).
Song Kee Fishball Noodle at Tembeling Road is hard to miss. There are several different signboards announcing its presence. The coffeeshop is not big and most of the tables are out along the corridors. The furnishing is functional and the place is naturally ventilated. It offers a pleasant view of the newly established Koon Seng Park.
Song Kee Fishball Noodle sells, well, noodles but you get to make a few choices – mee kia, mee pok or kway teow; dry version or soup version; chilli or no chilli. The prices are $4 (small), $6 (medium) and $8 (large).
We ordered 2 medium bowls – a dry mee kia with chilli and a dry mee pok with tomato ketchup. You can add vinegar to suit your taste. The noodles looked like a yong tau hu dish. There were fish balls, fish dumplings, tau pok and meatballs.
The noodles were nice with a springy texture. The fishballs were of good quality. They were delightfully bouncy and had a neutral taste – they did not taste of flour and was not fishy. The fish dumplings were interesting. The fish paste skin was very smooth and slippery – some would love the texture but others might think of it as a little slimy. The chilli sauce of sambal belacan, dried shrimp and other ingredients was very delicious. We thought it was quite spicy. The chilli sauce really added layers of flavours to the noodles and the fish balls and dumplings. Without the chilli, the fishball noodles would taste quite different. If eating without chilli, adding some vinegar would enhance the enjoyment of the dish.
On the whole, we quite enjoyed Song Kee Fishball Noodles. The noodles were cooked just right and the handmade fish balls and fish dumplings were of good quality. We would not stand in a long queue to wait for a bowl of the fishball noodles but we would be more than happy to eat at Song Kee Fishball Noodle when it is not crowded.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
Song Kee Fishball Noodle
128 Tembeling Road
Tel: +65 9336-2745
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 9.30pm
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