Today I enjoyed a nice steaming bowl (albeit a styrofoam one) of fish ball noodle soup at a little stall next to the Hong Kong Market on Colima in the city of Rowland Heights. It's immediately located to the left of the supermarket, in the alley where the ghostly stench of stinky tofu haunts the air.
They family that owns this shack serves good, comforting, simple, and inexpensive noodle soups and snacks, in what is literally a walk-up window, where I have stoop to place my order.
In a jiffy, the noodle soups were ready, along with a side order of fried calamari.
We took the meal under the shade of umbrellas, where we slurped on the noodles and sipped hot soup, as the cold January breeze nipped at our necks. What better to warm us to the core than these supple white rice noodle ribbons in a clear, sweet, and salty broth with bits of preserved vegetable for flavor, bean sprouts for crunch, steamed shrimp, and five round, chewy fish balls which bobbed like buoys.
We also enjoyed the calamari rings, deep fried in a light, golden batter, served over a bed of pickled veggies and a side of sweet 'n sour dipping sauce. These curly Q's of squid were addictive, dastardly crunchy, and the perfect compliment to our noodle soups.
The cost for our soul-warming, gut-filling meal? $2.75 per bowl for the noodle soup and $2.50 for the fried calamari.
I had enough cash left over to buy a cold, iced, tapioca milk tea afterwards from the Lollicup stand inside the market. What better way to make our core temperatures plummet back down?
Hong Kong Fishball House
18414 Colima Rd #Q
Rowland Heights, CA 91748
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