Food Review: Joo Chiat Chiap Kee Fishball Noodles
(located in Blk 216 Bedok North Food Centre, opp Singpost Bedok)
Teochew Fishball Noodles
Price: $3/$4/$5, add $0.50 for extra noodles, add $1 for extra ingredients (pictured $3, add ingredients)
This is one of the few morning that I have some time to spend with my wife to go somewhere near to our house to have our breakfast. Again because it's a working day, I can't go too far so we decided to go to Bedok 216 Food Centre for our breakfast.
Jiap Kee has been around in this food centre for a long while and accordingly to my mum's recollection, they were previously located somewhere at Geylang/Joo Chiat area and hence the name. They were pretty famous in those days already. And with the long queue daily, we must try and see what's so special about this stall.
To the ingredients:
The bowl consists of Mee Pok Noodles, pork lard, sambal chilli, beansprouts, fried shallots, vinegar, 8 x handmade fishball, 1 handmade fish dumpling, 2 pork balls. Really considered to be very generous although I did ask for additional ingredients for $1.
The highlight here is really the special fish dumplings that you don't really get nowadays and the handmade Yellowtail fishballs.
Next to the taste
The noodles are cooked to aldente texture, coupled with sambal that should be homemade. The sambal is pretty good with a good spicy punch. Other than that would be the slight hint of vinegar that came along as part of the sauce. The pork lards are crispy and fragrant. One complain is that the sauce is lacking. The noodles are old school style. No wonder there are a lot of elderly folks whom patronise them daily.
The soup has that fish stock flavour and those teochew kind of flavour. Clear but not fishy. You can taste a little sweetness exuding from the dong cai that was cooked along in the bowl of soup.
The fishball is springy (not excessive like those factory ones) and full of fish flavour. I think this is due to the use of Yellowtail fish. Pretty good texture.
The Pork balls, however are just standard buy-off-the-shelves type.
The fish dumpling is where again the highlight is. The texture is springy and the meat within is flavourful. The center of the fish dumpling has a good amount of pork that seems to taste of a little hint of luncheon meat flavour. Pretty interesting.
All in all, not a bad bowl of teochew noodles. Is it good and out of the ordinary? Nope but it's a traditional bowl of teochew noodles.
3.5V out of 5
216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-31, Singapore 460216
Google Map: https://maps.app.goo.gl/9GJWe6Px5vAwGjKz7
Public Carpark beside Blk 216 or nearby multi-storey carpark at Blk 215A
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