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Review of Sheng Ji Fish Ball Bak Chor Mee @ 116 Bukit Merah View ● Old School No Gimmicks 1940s Recipe 昇记

Went to Bukit Merah View to look for a simple breakfast after my medical appointment. Browsed the Facebook posts of Tengcc who knows a lot of nice noodle places in Singapore. The noodles at Sheng Ji Fishball looks delicious in Tengcc's post 🙏

Stall name: Sheng Ji Fishball Noodle 昇记

Address: 116 Bukit Merah View, #01-217, Singapore 151116 (inside Kim San Leng coffee shop)

Nearest MRT: 10 minutes walk from Tiong Bahru station

Hours: 6:00am - 4:00pm

Sheng Ji Fishball is a small stall in a Kim San Leng chain of coffee shops. It's the type of place folks who live nearby come down for a coffee and simple breakfast.

Typical quiet sunny morning in a typical Singapore neighborhood.

The Goh family run Sheng Ji stall is in the third generation now. Sheng Ji was founded nearly 80 years ago as a push cart stall by the Singapore River.

$3.50 minimum serving. I always test water with the smallest serving 😁

A lot of food for $3.50. I am actually a small eater 😅

Mound of noodles with sauce, topped with fishball, pork slices, minced pork, fish cake, scallion, lard croutons. I asked for more croutons which the young lady boss obliged 🙏

Old uncles always ask for more lard one 😬 These looked fresh, nicely browned and saturated with grease 💪

I took a swig of the clear soup first. Yes, it's old school pork soup like those in my 1960s primary school tuckshop except that I think they sweeten it a bit here. But, still nice.

The sauce was a bit sparse but could cover all the noodles with some rigorous tossing and turning. I thought of splashing in some soup but resisted it. Uncle, don't be lazy lah 😂

The sauce was nice - savoury, umami, a bit of spicy heat, and well greased with lard. Old school, I like.

The noodles were done soft al dente which is how I like my mee pok done 👍

Nice soft fresh pork slices. The blanched minced pork was good too.

The fishballs were generic factory made but tasted okay 👌 and already generous at this price point.

Tasty satisfying comfort food at $3.50. It's as good as it gets in Singapore today 🙏

Written by Tony Boey on 23 Mar 2023

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