The old Mengkibol River Hawker Centre in Kluang has many old food stalls that had been here for decades. Everything is very casual, informal, laissez faire and laid back here. The mainly older townsfolk roosts here on weekdays. While on weekends, young Kluangites working outstation congregate here for the taste of hometown.
Everything here is by habit and by word of mouth. Some of the famous stalls here, don't even have a name or signboard, like this famous no name fish ball noodle stall.
See that blue board above the stall? That's the signboard for the fish balls stall - nothing written on the board, just blue paint.
It really didn't matter. The stall opens at 7:00am and does a brisk business with all the fish balls and everything sold out by noon.
The noodles are doused in a fragrant sauce based on garlic oil and dark soy sauce, and topped with fried shallot crackles. The presentation was rather untidy, just like the entire environment. Again, it really didn't matter. Customers were happily tossing and slurping up their delicious noodles.
The RM4 noodles/ bee hoon/ kway teow set comes with a bowl of fish balls and yong tau foo soup.
Like everything else here, there seemed to be a self assured disdain for order, and the prim and proper. The fish balls weren't even round in shape. But taste wise, those perfectly round factory made balls are a far cry from these fresh handmade bouncy globs of sweet fish meat.
Want to know the taste and feel of old Klaung? Come to the old Mengkibol River Hawker Centre and try out the numerous food stalls here.
Restaurant name: No name fishball noodles @ Mengkibol River Hawker Centre
Address: Jalan Panggung, Kampung Masjid Lama, Kluang (Mengkibol River Hawker Centre)
Hours: 7:00am to 2:00pm (closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Date visited: 2 Aug 2012