27Nov, 2023
Fishball Kway Teow Soup 鱼圆粿条汤

This is like my total comfort food more especially so at times when I am sick. And using my own home made collagen broth that’s made from pork bones, chicken carcass and chicken feet, this Fishball Kway Teow soup should be the one of a kind which cannot be found elsewhere. 

For the broth, it is basically simmering the pork bones, chicken carcass and chicken feet in a huge pot of water for a painstaking 10 hours or more on the gas stove till the chicken bones disintegrate and the colour of the water turns milky. That’s essentially where the “collagen” comes from. Whenever possible, I will cook a huge pot of it, separate them into various smaller containers and freeze them for future use.

Started to fall sick on friday night and following a long night of sleep thereafter, felt so much better and this dish just came to my mind. And it’s practically the right timing for a recovering patient, isn’t it ? This healthy and light dish became very satisfying and fulfilling as such.

Using a combination of the collagen broth and ikan bilis, the soup is better enhanced too. Sometimes the simplest food in life tends to be the most comforting ones too, isnt’ it ? And you don’t really need to head to the hawker or coffee shop to get a share of this simple and comforting dish from now on. 

Grab all your fresh groceries from PurelyFresh online to serve up this comforting home made hawker staple today ! Enjoy !!

Fishball Kway Teow Soup 鱼圆粿条汤


Recipe type: Main

Cuisine: Chinese

  • 500ml home-cooked stock (cooked from simmering pork bones/chicken carcass and chicken feet in water for 10 hrs or more over gas stove)/ water
  • 400ml water
  • 1 tsp fried pork lard (method as Step 1 below)
  • 2-3 servings kway teow (flat rice noodles) / noodles (blanch them briefly in boiling water till softened and drained) / vermicelli / or any kinds of noodles preferred
  • 12 pcs fishballs
  • 1 pc fishcake, sliced
  • ½ tbsp dong cai (preserved vegetable, 冬菜, rinsed in water, drained and squeezed out the excess water)
  • 20g ikan bilis (rinsed and placed them in a soup stock bag)
  • salt, to taste
  • few pcs fresh lettuce
  • 1 tsp spring onion, diced (for garnishing)



19Nov, 2023
Fishball Mee Tak Bak (Silver Needle Noodles) Soup & Dry

With thanks to the folks at Mingfa, I got to churn out some delicious Fuzhou Fishballs and Sambal Shrimp Fishballs with Mee Tak Bak (Silver noodles) in soup and dry versions recently. Mingfa is our homegrown Fishballs noodles chain where you can find many of their stalls in our local hawker centres. And being established as it is, they even branched out selling their signature fishballs in supermarkets now. In case you are not sure what’s a Fuzhou fishball, it’s actually a fishball that contains minced meat fillings within. And recently you can also find the launch of their new product, being the Sambal Shrimp balls.

The Sambal Shrimp balls boost of a spicy and savory filling which will squint in your mouth, hence do eat them with caution especially when they are still piping hot !

Using a pre-cooked home based soup stock, the rest of the cooking is literally a breeze. With preserved vegetables 冬菜, garlic oil, salt, pepper and a twinge of shaoxing wine as light seasoning, the soup version is all good to go. And all this takes is a quick 15 minutes of cooking.

And if you prefer the dry version, you can make do with one that’s seeing the noodles tossed in a mixture of chili oil or sauce, tomato sauce, garlic or shallot oil, light soya sauce, sugar, pepper and a tablespoon or two of the soup. To some, an addition of a dash of black vinegar might be essential too. But I usually do not include that in as the pungent of vinegar isn’t exactly my favorite.

This might not exactly be the most authentic fishballs soup or dry recipe you’ve seen around but it’s definitely one of my home favorites to go. And all because it goes without MSG, I felt it’s way healthier and better. With the plus fact that the soup stock was churned entirely from my own kitchen, it makes the dish all the way more meaningful.

And if you are ever in need of some fishballs to complete this dish, you can jolly well find them from Mingfa which are also made available from selected Fairprice outlets at Tampines Mall / Sun Plaza / RIvervale Mall / Orchard Grand Court / Kallang Wave Mall and Fairprice online under “YumSing”.

Because their fishballs can be ideally frozen, hence you do need not worry about having to finish a huge pack of fishballs at one go too. Hope this local simplistic dish will appeal to you as much as I do !