There had been a bit of talk that Song Kee Fishball Noodles had opened a new branch at Thomson Plaza.
First things first, it is important to note that this particular branch of Song Kee Fishball Noodles is opened by the people behind the Song Kee Kway Teow Soup at Blk 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh (not the one situated at Joo Chiat along 128 Tembeling Road). With that out of the way, this branch is modestly-sized, situated at the cluster of eateries by the aisle just outside Kopitiam. The space itself is simply furnished, being rather open due to the space it takes. Here, there is only one dish being served, with a few varieties of noodles to choose from (e.g. Mee Kia, Mee Pok, Mee Tai Mak etc.) with patrons being able to pick between dry or soup options. Every bowl comes in either small or large portion sizes, while patrons can also order Meatball, Fishball and Fish Dumpling Soup as well.
Going for our typical order, we opted for the small portion with Mee Pok noodles; we also opted for chili and vinegar as well. It is noted that the variant here comes without pork lard; instead, shallots are included for flavour and crispness. The small portion comes with fishballs, meatballs and fish dumpling — the fishballs being bouncy with a bite while the meatballs are significantly softer. The fish dumplings are essentially fish paste packed with meat within; overall pretty decent for the fish dumplings were rather springy with a decent amount of meat wrapped within. Noodles were done quite well here too, being pretty springy with a bite. That being said, it is worth noting that they are rather heavy handed with vinegar here — the vinegar is the most dominant flavour in the entire bowl, even overpowering the chili for the most part; those who prefer their Mee Pok with less vinegar should definitely state their preferences when ordering at the counter. The accompanying bowl soup was pretty refreshing; not clouded with too much flavour and pretty clean-tasting as well.
It is pretty heartening to see hawkers expanding out of food centres into their own shops or in shopping centres. We had never tried Song Kee Kway Teow Noodle Soup at Toa Payoh before so we would not be able to make a comparison between the two branches. That being said, Mee Pok is one of the most popular forms of local food in the island; it is also one that can be rather subjective across the board as many have their own preferences when it comes to this affordable eat that has a presence all over Singapore. All in all, we are happy to see them venturing out of the food centre and into a bigger brand than it used to be.
Song Kee Fishball Noodles
301 Upper Thomson Road