Who doesn’t love traditional hawker food, right? Especially us Singaporeans, who take extreme pride in our local hawker scene. Reopened at Whampoa Makan Place in July, Matasoh Fishball & Meatball Minced Meat Noodles is back to make us proud. Read on to find out what makes this Third-Generation fishball noodle stall stand out from the others. SOH…. hold on to your chopsticks and let’s begin 🥢!
The Humbling Story Behind ‘Matasoh’
Many of you might be wondering, “What is ‘Matasoh’?”. Well, here is an interesting backstory of this humble hawker stall that started in the 1950s by Grandma Soh!
Long story short, Matasoh Fishball & Meatball Minced Meat Noodle was started by Grandma Soh in the early days. Before Singapore became independent, Matasoh Fishball & Meatball Minced Meat Noodle was originally a roadside stall that began as a way for Grandma Soh to make ends meet, and to provide for her 7 children.
As you can imagine, Singapore was significantly different back in the days. Plagued with major social disorder, Grandma Soh had to find a way to protect herself and her fellow hawkers. “Therefore, in order to protect the livelihood of herself and all fellow hawkers; Grandma Soh took the initiative to liaise with the police officers to offer all the hawkers the much-needed protection. Coupled with her abilities to mobilize and convince everyone to keep and follow simple hygienic conditions and to obey simple rules set, had won over the heart of many Police Officers to volunteer their assistance to ensure the well-being of all hawkers. Henceforth, Grandma Soh was very well respected and lovingly known by all, as ‘Mata Soh’ which also means ‘policewoman’.” – Owner
Third-Generation Hawker Brings Back Fishball Noodle Legacy
Having brought up her 7 children single-handedly, Grandma Soh has passed down her fishball noodles legacy to her sons. It started with assisting in making a couple of basins of handmade fishballs and fishcakes from home, which eventually escalated into a well-established fishball factory.
With more than 40 years of experience in this field, the Second-Generation successor of Matasoh Fishball & Meatball Minced Meat Noodle is extremely strict with the quality of their products. This virtue is now the core value that is passed down to the current Third-Generation successor.
Traditional Handmade Fishball & Meatball Minced Meat Noodles
Their traditional Dry Noodles ($4/$5) was a satisfying bowl of surprise. The egg noodles were extremely springy, coated with secret chili sauce.
In particular, the star of this bowl of noodles is definitely the amazingly bouncy handmade fishballs. The meatballs were also extremely QQ! The owner mentioned that their handmade meatballs are also made with fish meat which gives it that bouncy texture, something I’ve not seen elsewhere 🤯.
Soh Special – Simple Additions, Yet Creating A Pleasant & Modern Twist
The trendy onsen egg is a new addition to their original bowl of Dry Noodles. Who would have known that including an onsen egg to a bowl of Dry Noodle to create Soh Special ($4.50/$5.50), would be such a delightful combo 🤯!
As a result of wanting to provide customers with the experience of what the owners grew up eating, Soh Special is an extremely pleasant addition to the menu!
Heartwarming Bowls Of Mouthwatering Goodness
Their Fishball/Meatball Soup ($4/$5) is perfect for those who can’t get enough of their mindblowing-ly good handmade fishballs and meatballs. Topped off with fried garlic and spring onion, giving this scrumptious bowl of soup an aromatic flavor 🤤.
To our surprise, their Huatiao Seasame Mee Sua Soup ($4/$5) exceeded our expectations. Usually, Mee Sua tends to be somewhat bland and flavorless. However, Matasoh’s Huatiao Seasame Mee Sua Soup was remarkably flavorsome. The broth contains a small amount of wine, giving the mee sua soup a very fragrant aftertaste. The tinge of sweetness from the soup intrigues you, pulling you back for more.
Craving for some yummy fishball and meatball bar chor mee? Head on down to Whampoa Makan Place to try out Matasoh Fishball & Meatball Minced Meat Noodle if you haven’t. It is SOH shiok, we guarantee you will definitely want to go back for round 2… 3… and 4 🍜!
Address: Block 90 Whampoa Drive #01-54, Singapore 320090
Operating Hours: 10am – 9pm (closed on Tuesday)