I’ve driven past this place countless times for the last few years. Until last night, the only thing about that place that caught my attention is the line of cars along the road by the stall. But we finally decided to try it last night.
We went there at about 9pm. As we walked towards the place, we could already smell the strong fragrance of fishballs cooking in a good broth. As you can see, the place is still packed.
We stupidly stood there waiting for a table. It was only until one of the servers (maybe he’s the boss?) came up to us to tell us that we should place our orders while waiting for a table did we realise how much time we could have saved. So guys, remember, order first then wait for a table!
As I had already had dinner, we decided to order only one bowl at $6. The noodles are priced at $4, $5 and $6. You can also order the mixed soup at $6 and up.
We eventually got a table after about 20 minutes of waiting. And after another 20 minutes we got our bowl of noodle.
The $6 version comes with a lot of ingredients. But they don’t give a big portion of noodles. So I suppose it’s good for people who want to cut down on the carbs. The noodles are cooked al dente. The sauce that the noodles sit in is rich in flavour, with a nice balance of spiciness, sweetness and saltiness.
The ingredients are apparently all hand-made. Maybe that’s why the fishballs looked so mis-shappen rather than the perfectly rounded machine made types. What they lack in aesthetic appeal they more than made up in flavour. Firm and bouncy, but not hard, full of natural fishy (in a good way) flavour.
And then there are the fish dumplings. You know how the commercially manufacture fish dumplings are usually dry, small, shrivelled and wrapped in tough skin? Well, the Song Kee one is nothing like that. When you bite into it, you will first notice how chewy the skin is. Then there’ll be this smooth, almost collagenous texture. Then the flavour of the savoury filling will burst into your mouth. It’s like a magical symphony of flavours and textures rising to a delectable crescendo on your palette. Absolutely divine.
The soup was light and full of the natural flavour that comes from cooking the fishballs. One thing though, because the soup is fairly light in flavour, it becomes quite bland after you eat the noodles because of the stronger flavour of the sauce that you mix the noodles with.
Overall, I think it’s a very satisfying bowl of fishball noodles. For people who drive, be warned. Hard to find parking around there.
The fact that the place is constantly packed even with the lack of parking space and a strange location for a food stall is testament of the quality of food.
Song Kee Fishball Noodles’ business hours are from 7pm to 12am/1am (closed on Wednesday) They are at 532 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534547.