Soon Yee is an old style noodle shop in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah with its following of regulars consisting mainly of residents in the nearby housing estate. Soon Yee's main selling point is its mackerel fish balls, freshly hand made at the shop everyday.
I had a dry kway teow which comes with a bowl of soup with fish and pork balls.
The kway teow is outstanding. I love it. The kway teow is thin, tastes clear and fresh. It is smooth and has the flavour of freshly ground rice - an aroma that I have not experienced for a long time.
The sauce made mainly of soy sauce and lard is simple but superb. The kway teow and the sauce is like a Chinese ink brush painting - the delicate flavour of the sauce is like ink subtly brushed on thin white rice paper.
The clear soup made from pork and fish bones has a strong fragrance and distinctive taste of fresh mackerel. I love this but am not sure if such a robust fish flavour would appeal to everyone.
The pork balls look more like irregular lumps of meat than balls as they are made by hand. It is naturally sweet and fresh. Tendon tissue is ground and mixed into the pork ball - the bits of tendon add to its chewy texture.
This is the deep fried version of the same pork ball. Same taste, different texture.
The mackerel fish ball or lump. Again sweet, fresh and flavourful.
The same mackerel fish ball, deep fried version.
I need to mention their chili sauce. This sauce made from fresh red chili and garlic is top quality. For those who like a little more kick on their taste buds, this will spice up the subtle taste and flavour of the fish and pork balls.
This green chili in white vinegar is crunchy and fresh. The chili has spring and is tenderly crispy to the bite. It goes very well with the fish and meat balls - gives it a spicy bite while retaining the meat's subtleties.
I love the kway teow here and the fish and pork balls are great accompaniments. The homely atmosphere and coffee shop chatter here also make me feel very comfortable.
Restaurant name: Soon Yee Restaurant
Address: 29 Jalan Perkasa 4, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai, Johor
Hours: 7:00am to 1:00pm (closed on Tuesdays)
Date visited: 30 Jan 2012