Fishball noodles can be found in most kopitiams across town, but only a few are known for serving fresh, handmade fishballs.
Fortunately, we found one such stall at Station 8 in SS2 and despite not having an official name, it’s famous for its fishball noodles which are usually paired with braised pork, poached chicken, fishcake or stuffed tau pok (beancurd puffs).
Although it has been in operation for more than 10 years, it’s still quite easy to be overlooked due to its humble and unassuming storefront.
Freshly handmade fishballs
You can instantly tell that their fishballs are handmade due to their irregular shape, unlike the perfectly rounded ones produced at a factory. While the surface of the fishballs isn’t as smooth, you’re definitely consuming something that’s of quality and much healthier.
According to the owner, the fishballs are freshly made every day with a kind of fish paste which is derived from mackerel. Every plate of noodles only comes with two pieces of fishballs but they can be added upon request.
Sides of the fishball noodles
The noodle options are pretty standard, where you can choose from either yellow noodles, bee hoon, kuey teow or a mix of any two.
One special thing about their noodles is that the dried version is tossed in the same sauce used to braise the side dishes, giving it an extra layer of taste and aroma.
I’ve always joked with my companion that if the auntie was tired of making fishballs one day, she could seriously consider selling chicken rice because her poached chicken was sooooo good.
The soft meat, smooth texture and well-seasoned sauce worked perfectly together but do note that to taste the sauce for yourself, you have to order a separate plate of chicken.
As for the pork, it was braised ala Hakka style and was also tender and full of flavour. I also liked the fact that the fatty parts weren’t too oily nor were the lean meat too dry.
You can also request braised chicken feet which, like the pork, were flavourful, soft and tender.
Remember the handmade fish paste? Apparently, it’s not just used for the fishballs, but for the beancurd puffs before it’s braised together with the pork and chicken feet. How about the taste, you ask? Delicious, of course!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get to try the fried fishcake this time around but based on past experience, each plate of noodles came with two pieces of fishcake and it was fragrant and well-seasoned.
As for the dipping sauce, it has two types, where one consists of chillies in soy sauce while the other is a garlic chilli sauce which tastes similar to the one you usually get at chicken rice stalls.
Another thing worth mentioning is the soup. Appearance-wise, the soup looks ordinary but you can taste a strong hint of sweetness derived from the long hours spent boiling the fish bones.
Unlike most soups which are laden with Ajinomoto and leaves you hankering for a glass of water, this one makes you want to drink even more without having to worry about your throat feeling dry.
With the generous amount of noodles and a wide variety of side dishes, RM8 (small portion) is quite reasonable as it’s as generous as the large portion. But if you’re a big eater, you can opt for the large size by adding RM1 or RM1.10 for an extra serving of fishballs.
The only downside about this eatery is the messy plating, where posting nice and aesthetic pictures on your Instagram may not be ideal. However, if you want some hawker artistic vibes on your feed, this place is worth sharing with your friends!
As the stall is located within a kopitiam, the atmosphere is exactly what you’d expect from one, where there is an indoor and outdoor seating and the tables are arranged rather close to each other.
However, if you don’t mind the cacophony of human voices in the morning, this place is quite a decent place for a hearty breakfast.
However, do note that the shop can get quite busy in the morning so a little patience is required in getting your food.
Generally, the taste of the food was well-balanced and worth a second visit. If you happen to be near SS2 trying to find something for breakfast, don’t hesitate to drop by Station 8!
Do note that only cash is accepted here. Be as early as possible as their fishballs get sold out pretty fast.
2, Jalan SS 2/10, SS 2, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Disclaimer: This is an independent review by WeirdKaya.