There is a certain charm about handmade fishballs (or handmade anything for that matter) that never fails to intrigue us. The sheer amount of effort and dedication that goes into preparing and forming each ball speaks volumes of the stall owners and is a quality that we admire. And more often than not, handmade fishballs taste a whole lot better than your average factory-made fishball—just because.
Nestled along the Jalan Tan Hiok Nee stretch in Johor Bahru lies Sang Heng, an age-old noodle stall that has been dishing out comforting bowls of fishball noodles for the past 50 years or so. Many things may have changed over the span of 50 years, but the one thing locals can bet their lives on is the fact that the quality of Sang Heng’s noodles remains the same.
Homemade fishballs, perfectly cooked noodles and fresh minced pork, all tossed in a lovely, lip-smacking chilli sauce—what more can you ask for?
Kicking off our day trip proper, we ordered up a bowl of Mee Tai Mak Soup (RM6.50) as well as a Fishball Kway Teow Dry (RM6.50). Having heard so much about their tasty broth, we must say that the reviews were not wrong.
The soup was incredibly flavourful with notes of pork and scallions coming through yet light enough so as not to overpower the other ingredients. The handmade fishballs, on the other hand, were soft, bouncy and delicious. Props to the owners who make them from scratch daily from the mincing to the forming.
For those who want more kick, we highly recommend opting for the dry version with lots of their homemade chilli added. Having ordered the neutral tasting kway teow as opposed to the other noodle varieties, we were able to better savour the qualities of their chilli sauce.
Spicy, subtly tangy and brimming with notes of dried shrimp, there is no wonder why literally every table around us opted for the dry version with chilli.
If you plan on paying this old-school stall a visit, we highly recommend that you to make it before 11 because during lunchtime you probably won’t even be able to find a table.
1, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee,
Bandar Johor Bahru,
80000 Johor Bahru,
(Closed on Fridays & Saturdays)
Sun to Thu: 7am – 1pm