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We had supper at 10 pm on a Tuesday night, which timing was neither here nor there, so we didn't think we'd have to wait very long. Wow were we wrong. Although the coffeeshop was only at a 80% capacity, our noodles still took about 40-excruciating minutes to arrive. They may have been swamped catching the d*** fish.
We were prepared to hate this place, being "allergic" to waiting and all, but the Fishball Mee Pok ($3.50) was actually worth the wait. Dotted with deliciously sinful cubes of crunchy lard, and balanced with a shrimp-y chilli, the noodles were excellent. The highlight was the fish dumpling, swaddled in a thin chewy skin and stuffed with a garlicky flavourful mince. I would return just for this alone. The fishballs, was a little heavier than I'd expected, but sufficiently springy and smooth in texture. The fried beancurd, stuffed with fish paste, was also homemade like the rest of the stellar toppings.
Because their fish dumpling (her kiaow) is the absolute best, be sure to order an extra bowlful of soup with these. You get greater margins of return that way.
I have never once tried their fishball noodles since their opening despite me staying just within walking distance. Each time I feel like eating it, the shop is just so crowded. Finally decided to try it to see what the hype was all about, and I regretted my choice.
Seating was limited; not many tables and filled up fast. Decided to just order and hang around to wait for a table. Was told that the food would take 30 mins to be served up. As promised, the food came quite promptly, so no complains there.
So how did this over-hyped fishball noodles taste?
Noodles (I ordered mee kia)
- So much oil that made the noodles look glistening, making it sickening to eat.
- Undercooked to the extent that it was hard when it should have been springy.
- Very nice texture and springy enough, but nothing special about the taste.
Fish dumplings (Her Kiaow)
- Skin was too chewy.
- Fish paste was too salty and tasted like the chef had a field day with MSG (I felt very thristy about 30 mins after eating)
I simply don't see the point in spending good money and waiting so long for this bowl of fishball noodles. I will never see myself returning to this shop again.
Song Kee Fishball noodle at Serangoon road has no official opening hours, they may open anytime from 6.30pm to 7.30pm for business and you just have to depend on your luck. On the day of visit, we waited till 7.20pm before the shutters were drawn up; however, the long queue had already formed, waiting patiently for the door to open. Song Kee fish roll, fish dumpling and fish ball soup. The standard soup is typically served with fish balls, fish dumpling, fish roll and Tao pok stuffed with fish paste. The soup base was light milky white in colour; a good sign – only long hours of boiling could emulsify bone and other ingredients to achieve such a milky white stock. It may look ordinary – but the taste was really spectacular. The melding of sweetness and tastiness was simply divine. The fish dumpling or fish “her giao”鱼饺was one of the best we have tried so far. Song Kee Mee Pok dried with chili sauce. We could not find fault with the noodles here, as the one we tried had the right amount of springiness, neither too soggy nor too dry. The seasoning was heavily loaded with dried shrimps to enhance the fragrance of the dish, though it was still not quite as flavourful as some other good fish ball noodles we’ve tried. That might be due to the lack of pork lard, which compromised the taste a little, but overall it was still a great bowl of noodles that’s worth a try. Please refer to www.ieatandeat.com for details review.