I think I can safely say I’m not the only one who thinks it was a terrible experience, my family and the family who queued in front of me couldn’t stop raging about it.
Randomly suggested trying Song Kee Fishball Noodle 松记鱼丸面 because a few of my friends/colleagues mentioned that its quite famous. We reached at 640pm, realised its not opened yet and I googled to find food-lover ieatandeat.com advising on the opening time “Elastic time, may start anytime from 6.45pm to 7.30pm and end at 3am to 5pm”.
Maybe they should learn to fix a non-elastic opening time and be more punctual cause they definitely kept a lot of customers waiting outside. I think this is what Singaporeans call “Dua Pai”…
Gates opened at 715pm and because its my first time, I went in to look for a seat first instead of scurrying to queue (again) to order. So I waited for another 10 minutes before I placed my order.
And we sat…with hungry stomachs for another 25 minutes before our noodles were served.
Our orders: Mee Pok Dry (Small) – $4, Mee Boon + Mian Soup – $4, Mixed Soup – $6
The fishball made with mushrooms and chives mixed in and the noodles texture were fine.
The noodles were terribly salty! For someone who loves flavourful food, this is beyond my personal limit. The saltiness comes from adding too much chilli in the sauce mixture. Fishball were very tasteless, although I must say the texture saved it from disgrace (since its a fishball noodle stall).
I read on ieatandeat about how nice the fish dumpling or 鱼饺 is, which I’m sure it must have been pretty nice, but the one I got didn’t have fish paste in it at all. It was more of a mushroom mixture and the skin was too thick. If you like chewy fish dumping, the chewiness is acceptable but too thick for my liking.
DO NOT bother with the tau pok, it tasted like it was boiled in plain hot water. I mean, who doesn’t like tau pok right? Try it and you will not disagree with me. The soup was bad too, which I think affected the taste of the fishball and tau pok. It does not have the porky taste, not even a peppery taste. I thought the sight of some pork lard will help it (although I don’t like pork lard), but nope.
I will give it the benefit of doubt that it just opened so the soup is still tasteless. So if you still want to give a try, here are some tips:
- Go early – about 630pm so you get to be the first few in line
- Head for the queue to place your order (while your friend/family head for the table)
- Or at least make sure you don’t go there hungry
- Do not mix in all the chilli at the start! Mix in a little and try it first. If you like saltier flavours then mix it a second time.
- Order a milo-gao-ice to help with hunger or wait. The guy makes good milo.
Or maybe, someone can go for supper much later in the night when the soup is better (boiled for a longer time with many rounds of cooking of meat and ingredients) and let me know if its good.
If you agree with me, let me know and I will recommend a better Bak Chor Mee a few streets away that has equally good chilli, noodles, better soup, cheaper, with shorter queue 🙂
Address: 532 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore, Singapore 534547
Opens at: 7pm – 715pm (approximate)
Nearest MRT: Serangoon, Exit A, walk straight down following the direction of traffic
What’s nearby: Wimbly Lu @ Jalan Riang