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What: Song Kee fishball noodles (from $4) & Sng Gor ice cream (from $3.80)
Where: 128 Tembeling Rd, Singapore 423638
When the famous Song Kee fishball noodles closed its Upper Serangoon stall last July, I was not one of many Singaporeans who mourned the loss, mostly because I've not tried it (gasp, I know), and truth be told, I'm more of a bak chor mee (minced meat noodles) fan.
The family-run business has, however, reopened at a coffeeshop at Tembeling Road in Joo Chiat since March this year.
I managed to savour a take-away bowl recently, and can begin to understand why the stall can draw fans who wait up to one and a half hours for their fix.
My mee pok was the tastiest and sauciest I've had in recent memory, with a good balance of salty, sweet, spicy and tangy - though I'd prefer mine with a dash more vinegar. The slippery herh keow (fish dumpling) was large and meaty, and the pock-marked fishballs had a good bite to it.
The best part for me though, was not the fishballs nor much-lauded hand-made herh keow, but the inclusion of a large piece of tau pok stuffed with fish paste. But that could just be a matter of personal preference.
Be warned though, even on a Thursday, just before noon, the wait for the noodles was a good half an hour to 45 minutes.
To make your wait more tolerable, I'd recommend cooling off with some ice cream - yes there's an ice cream counter there too.
Called 'Sng Gor', which is Teochew (the family's dialect) for ice cream, it is owned by a relative of Song Kee's bosses.
The delicious flavours - we had the premium Pistachio Almond and Dark Chocolate, took us by surprise. On another day, I'd actually see myself heading for the ice cream instead of the fishball noodles.
The writer paid for the meal reviewed.