If like us, you thought that a decent and sizeable hawker meal at S$2 is a thing of the past, then you thought wrong. At San Yuan Gourmet in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10’s hawker centre, you can expect a proper bowl of fishball noodles at S$2, minced meat noodles at S$3 and laksa at S$2 as well.
Do not let the price deceive you, for S$2, what you get is a full bowl of tasty noodles and a bowl of soup with not two, not three, but SIX bouncy fish balls—is this real life?
And as if that is not enticing enough, San Yuan Gourmet operates 24 hours a day so you can always get your affordable fish ball noodle fix at any time of the day.
Finding this humble shop should not be much of a hassle as it is located along the first row of shops nearest to the car park. Being the only shop in the row with a red signboard, it really does not take much effort to spot.
Surprisingly there was hardly a queue during lunchtime.
We got two standard dry bowls. One with regular mee and the other with mee pok—each encompassing everything you could ever desire out of a bowl of fishball noodles.
The noodles were cooked to perfection, the sauce comprising a homemade chilli sauce, vinegar and lard gave every mouthful a savoury taste and what’s more is the generous amount of noodles given—totally worth it.
We liked that the noodles were properly tossed in the sauce before serving so as to avoid dry clumps of noodle stuck to one another that are often the result of either too little sauce or undercooked noodles. This just goes to show that despite selling insanely affordable food, the good folks at San Yuan Gourmet never skimp on quality.
The fish balls had the right amount of bounce and tasted great without being overly fishy. The soup was tasty without being MSG laden either—a major plus!
Fishball noodle aficionados may argue that both the noodles and fish balls are factory-made and hence, not as good, but considering a sizable and satisfying meal like this costs only S$2, this is really the best deal out there.
For a hit of variety, you may also choose other noodle-based dishes like their laksa (S$2) or their minced pork noodle (S$3). However, looking around at the tables around us, we noticed that the heavy hitter still remains the humble bowl of fishball noodles.
San Yuan Gourmet
527 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10,
Daily: 24 Hours
Nearest Station: Ang Mo Kio