September 10, 2014
Song Kee Fishball Noodles 松记鱼丸面 @ Upper Serangoon Road
The first thing I heard about Song Kee Fishball Noodles 松记鱼丸面 was not their fishballs nor noodles, but their highly raved handmade fish dumplings (which is more commonly called "hee keow" in dialect). How ironic! Why huh? I'm not a cat so worries of being killed by curiosity has no effect on me. I just have to make a trip to their outlet at Upper Serangoon Road to find out!
The second thing I heard about Song Kee was the perpetual crowd which packs the eatery from the moment it opens on each business day, which corresponds to quite a lengthy waiting time (30 minutes to an hour is the norm) before anyone gets to enjoy a bowl of the popular fishball noodles.
But hei hei, my friend and I waited for only 15 minutes when we visited close to midnight on a Sunday. Oh yes, we Singaporeans can eat at any time of the day or night :p
Prices for the Fishball Noodles starts at $4 for a small bowl, and goes from $5, $6 & above for a big bowl. Fishball Soup can be had for $4, $5, $6 & above, and Mixed Soup (fishball and hee keow) are at $6 & above.
Song Kee's specialty of handmade fishballs certainly did not disappoint, each imperfectly-shaped sphere was perfectly fresh, firm with a lovely bouncy bite, but I have to agree with my friend that the hee keow is no doubt the triumphant element here.
Utterly delightful with chewy skin bursting of savory minced pork center, it boasts of a slimy mouthfeel which was totally unlike any other commercially produced generic dry versions I had elsewhere.
So delicious, we simply had to have an additional order of just the hee keow and fishballs mixed soup.
My preferred choice of noodles, dry mee pok, was a tad starchy in texture for my liking, but turned out to be still palatable after a toss in the sinfully lip-smacking concoction of lard, chilli and aromatic shallot oil.
Though the entire noodle bowl got progressively greasy and rested heavily on the tummy, it's still one of the better fishball noodles I had locally, and made a very memorable supper that night.
Song Kee Fishball Noodles 松记鱼丸面 (Closed - Last day of operations on 30 July 2016)
Address: 532 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534547
Opening Hours: 7pm-1am / Closed on Wednesdays