Best fishball noodles in Singapore
Bak chor mee gets a lot of love in Singapore, but another noodle dish we know equally deserves the love is fishball noodles. Typically comprising noodles, QQ fishballs, fish dumplings, and sometimes, minced meat, fishball noodles hit the spot any time of day. Whether you like it dry or in soup, with kway teow, yellow noodles, mee pok, mee kia, or mee tai mak, there’s a version of the dish for every fancy.
If you’re looking for a place to satisfy your cravings, here’s our guide to some of the best fishball noodle stalls in Singapore.
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- Best fishball noodles in Singapore
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1. Song Kee Fishball Noodle
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One of the biggest fishball noodle names in Singapore is Song Kee, tucked away in an eating house in Yio Chu Kang. They’re famous for the fish dumplings that come with their noodles. These dumplings are made by hand and comprise a fish paste skin, as well as a parcel of minced meat within. You can order yours dry or with soup, though we definitely recommend the former, as it comes tossed in their fiery house-made chilli. Bowls are priced at either $5, $7, or $9.
Read our Song Kee Fishball Noodle review.
Address: 100 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545576
Opening hours: Fri-Wed, 11:30am to 8:45pm
Tel: 9336 2745
Song Kee Eating House is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. Hui Ji Fishball Noodles
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In Tiong Bahru Food Centre, Hui Ji dishes up bowls of popular fishball noodles from the wee hours of 5:30am each morning, till 2:30pm in the afternoon. Prices start from a low $4 here and come with fish cakes, super springy fishballs, and pieces of pork loin. Fans praise the old-school taste and simplicity of the fishball noodles here—choose between dry or soup, yellow noodles, bee hoon, or a mix of both, and you’ve got a hearty meal.
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-44, Singapore 168898
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 5:30am to 2:30pm
Hui Ji Fishball Noodles is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Hock Lee
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You gotta head down to Hock Lee early if you want to bag a bowl of their fishball noodles, for they sell out quite quickly, sometimes as early as 10am. The Albert Centre stall is renowned for their handmade fishballs, prepared with fresh fish paste daily. For $4, you get quite a generous amount of fishballs, along with fish cakes, and an al dente portion of noodles. The soup here is also enjoyable, and not too heavy on the MSG.
Address: 270 Queen Street, #01-102, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, Singapore 180270
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 6:30am to 12pm
Hock Lee is not a halal-certified eatery.
4. Ming Fa Fishball Noodles
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If you’ve got late-night cravings for fishball noods, then swing by Ming Fa. They’ve got their origins in a pushcart stall circa 1946, but have since expanded to 13 outlets islandwide, with their Upper Thomson Road joint running 24 hours. Their classic Fishball Noodles are $5.30 for either dry or soup, and each comes with fishballs and fish dumplings made fresh each day at their central kitchen. If you want to zhng up your order, we suggest the Abalone Clams Fuzhou Fishball Noodle ($7.30), which also comes with chewy clams and fishballs stuffed with minced pork.
5. LiXin Teochew Fishball Noodles
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LiXin Teochew Fishball Noodles promises that they’ve been selling the same recipe since they were a pushcart in 1968. They use 100% yellowtail fish when making their fishballs, fishcakes, and dumplings here—the trio topping their classic Dry Signature Noodles ($6), which are topped with puffs of lard and a vinegary house-made chilli sauce. We also recommend adding an onsen egg for $1, which blends with the chilli sauce to creamier ends. There are several outlets islandwide too!
6. Hong Xing
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If you’re in Hong Lim Food Centre, you’ll definitely want to try braving the queue for Hong Xing which serves up their signature dish with handmade fishballs and meatballs from $4.50. Some regulars tout the meatballs as their favourite, so it’s worth ordering extra for an additional $2. The mee pok is the most popular noodle to get here, as it comes tossed in an umami, spicy sauce, and topped with puffs of lard.
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-30, Singapore 051531
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 2pm
Hong Xin is not a halal-certified eatery.
7. Thye Hong
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Four decades later, Thye Hong is still going strong with their famed Fishball Noodles, which come with handmade fishballs and fishcakes. You can instantly tell that these toppings are a labour of love and entirely handmade, because of how rugged and uneven they look. Appearances can be deceiving, though, as these wonky fishballs are power-packed with sweetness and brine, best enjoyed dry with mee pok or mee kia tossed in lard oil, vinegar, and a smoky sambal. Prices start at just $3! Be prepared to wait in line for a fair bit, though.
Address: 233 Bukit Batok East Avenue 5, Singapore 650233
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 4am to 3pm
Thye Hong is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. Xin Lu Mei Ling
Those who grew up around the now-closed Margaret Drive Food Centre will remember Xin Lu, an old-school fishball noodle stall that has now relocated to Mei Ling Market, and is run by a third-gen owner. The fishballs here are large and super bouncy, and each bowl is priced at $4.50, though you can add two extra fishballs for $5.40, or four extra for $6.40. It’s really just all about the fishballs here, so don’t expect minced pork or fishcakes to come with your order.
Address: 159 Mei Ling Street, #02-05, Singapore 140159
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 5:45am to 3pm
Tel: 9771 8675
Xin Lu Mei Ling is not a halal-certified eatery.
9. Malaysian Hup Kee
Malaysian-style fishball noodles are different from the Singapore-style dish in that they usually come with yong tau foo toppings, as well as a sweeter sauce. Try it for yourself at Malaysian HupKee Fishball Noodle, a popular stall in Ang Mo Kio run by two Malaysian natives. Their Mee Kia Soup ($5 for large) is the perfect remedy for rainy days—you get a big bowl of light, piping hot soup, comforting tau kwa puffs, fish cakes, as well as a trio of handmade springy yellowtail fishballs. Don’t forget to grab a small dish of their belacan chilli, which packs quite the punch!
Read our Malaysian HupKee review.
Address: 158 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, #01-590, Singapore 560158
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 12pm
Tel: 9093 8576
Malaysian HupKee Fishball Noodle is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. LINA Fishball Noodle
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LINA Fishball Noodle is run by a young couple in their thirties, to much success, because they currently have two outlets islandwide. The fishballs aren’t made in-house, but are still tasty, with no fishiness, only the right amount of chew and sweetness. Their fish dumplings are, on the other hand, made fresh daily, and come with a generous minced pork filling. To enjoy both, get their Fishball Noodles (from $4), and add on Her Giao, AKA fish dumplings, for $1.80.
11. Fishball Story
Michelin Bib Gourmand-minted stall Fishball Story sees owner Douglas’ family recipes modernised to create an updated version of fishball noodles, served with an array of different toppings. The 100% yellowtail fishballs and fishcakes are obvious staples, but with each portion, you also get handmade fish dumplings, fried fish sticks, and fish cakes packed with chives. Another menu highlight is the Special Sauce Premium Chee Cheong Fun ($6.90), which combines chee cheong fun with Fishball Story’s atypical fishball noodle toppings—a double whammy.
Read our Fishball Story review.
Address: 200 Victoria Street, #01-71/72, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 8pm
Fishball Story is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat fishball noodles in Singapore
Here are all the best stalls to get your fishball noodle fix! For more best of lists showcasing our hawker classics, check out our list of the top chicken rice stalls and the best fish soup stalls in Singapore.
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