Hock Seng Choon Fish Ball Kway Teow Mee has been around for over 20 years and still a popular choice at Bedok South Food Centre. (Note: The food centre will be closed from 2 Sep to 10 Nov 2019 for renovation works.)
The food centre (also popular for Hill Street Fried Kway Teow) is located just opposite Temasek Junior College.
The stall’s specialty is the signature handmade fish balls.
Expect irregularly-shaped and not perfectly round ones with a texture that is tender yet firm, bouncy (not rubbery) with a good bite.
Handmade fishballs are harder to find nowadays, as shops choose machine-made ones for convenience and consistency (and perhaps lower costing).
Talking about Fishball Noodles, some of the famous places in Singapore to have them include Song Kee at Tembeling Road, Fishball Story, Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles at Amoy Street Food Centre, Hock Lee Fishball Noodles at Albert Hawker Centre, Ru Ji Kitchen at Holland Drive and Thye Hong Handmade Fishball Noodle at Ghim Moh Food Centre.
Its Dry Fish Ball Mee ($3, $4, $5) comes in mee pok and mee kia versions. Though I am usually a mee kia person, I somehow find mee pok pairing better with fish balls.
The seasoning sauce included some sweet tomato ketchup which makes it a little ketchup-sweet, and not everyone would like that.
The chili sauce was very spicy and packed a punch.
However, I found the chilli slightly overpowering overall, and base could be saucier as the noodles got dry fast. Read some reviews online, and it seems like they used to be much better in the past.
For $3, you get five plump fish balls.
Unlike other hawker stalls which add too much flour to extend the fish paste, Hong Seng Choon is generous with the fish paste made from scratch so you can taste the subtle sweetness of the ikan parang fish.
Others find them a little saltier than most fishballs, but generally are praised for being one of the best fishballs in the Bedok area.
You can buy raw fish balls for take-away and cook at home for your steamboat party.
I personally thought that the handmade fishballs were bouncy and tasty, though the noodle component in terms of the mix of sauces was probably the weaker link.
Hock Seng Choon Fish Ball Kway Teow Mee
16 Bedok South Road, #01-50 Bedok South Food Centre, Singapore 460016
Tel: +65 9789 6160
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Thurs – Tues), Closed Wed
(Note: The food centre will be closed from 2 Sep to 10 Nov 2019 for renovation works.)