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YOU HAD ME AT BAK CHOR MEE –
We check in with some of our local artistes to shine the lard on the tastiest Bak Chor Mee stall in our Lion City.
A true Singaporean icon, this humble bowl of noodles has warmed our hearts and filled our bellies since time immemorial. This timely classic is made by first blanching springy egg noodles and coating it with a delicious concoction of sauces and chillies. Then it is topped with a wide range of toppings from braised mushrooms to fatty pork lard. Finally, it’s served with a hearty bowl of pork broth on the side.
We now look at the bowls of Bak Chor Mee (BCM) that has captured the hearts of local artistes.
BAKERS IN SPACE// Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
“Chinatown’s Tai Wah Pork Noodles at Hong Lim Food Centre gotta be the best thing to exist in my life it’s got this awesome pork ball and dumpling which is accompanied by (in atas terms) al dente mee pok noodles that are mixed in this really delicious black vinegar sauce. Soup lovers don’t lose out either, for the stall’s meat broth is warm and hearty, perfect for a rainy day.”
Bakers they might be, but they know their Bar Chor Mee. Just like Bak Chor mee, this store has a rich and compelling history. Founded way back in 1932, this recipe has gone through ‘heir’ wars and family disputes. Finally reaching Tai Hwa, one of the claimants to this great name is the current creators of this bowl of noodles.
Trust me, it’s more than just a meal, it’s a legacy.
Neptune Waves // AMK House Teochew Noodles
965 Upper Serangoon Road, 534721
“The one at kovan is pretty tight. It’s next to that overpriced nasi lemak thing that everyone loves.”
Good food requires little descriptors… Good food speaks for itself. Looks like for Neptune Waves the same rule applies for good noodles. AMK House is open 24/7, allowing you to get your BCM fix at anytime! Be it a hearty breakfast, or a post-zouk supper, (which probably falls around the same timing ha ha), AMK House has got you covered.
Ciao Turtle // Meng Kitchen
246B Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574370
“We absolutely love ba chor mee and our favourite stall has to be Thomson ba chor. After writing songs at Jared’s place, Thomson ba chor mee would be our late night delight to satisfy those hunger pangs and replenish our creative juices. It is also where we had our first music discussion with our producer Edric Hwang of TRIBE when we started our journey as Ciao Turtle. Thomson ba chor mee, you will always have a special place in our hearts!”
There you have it, the lifeblood of the turtles. It’s been with them since the beginning; let’s hope it’ll be there with them at the end. And if Bak Chor Mee alone is not enough, there is a whole range of accompanying side dishes such as braised pig trotters or the must-try fried fish cake.
Stopgap // Hill Street Tai Hwa
Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12 Singapore 190465
“Hill Street Tai Hwa BCM … thats the institution” Man they’re mad for Bak Chor Mee.”
“So… when you eat BCM … alot of ppl eat BCM play vinegar one, so this place does that very well if you like vinegar in your BCM … the meat texture is good, chilli is happening, but the best part is the fried dried fish (NOT IKAN BILLIS AH) on top of that makes the combination of this BCM different.”
Remember Tai Wah loved by Bakers In Space and its legacy wars? That conflict is with non other then Hill Street Tai Hwa! The most melodramatic thing ever to happen in the Bak Chor Mee scene. Hill Street Tai Hwa vs Tai Wah Pork Noodles. Uncle vs Nephew. Who is better? Each has its own following, the people are divided, so too are our musicians. We need your help to decide this existential question!
Eating a bowl of BCM is no longer just a meal, but your civic duty.
Mediocre Haircut Crew & Forests // Yan Kee Noodle House @ Boat Quay
21 South Bridge Road, (Junction of South Bridge Rd & Circular Rd), S058661
MHC – Mediocre Haircut Crew
“Yan Kee Noodle House. After a good show or having a good time at Refuge, Yan Kee has the best feel-good Ba Chor Mee. Tastes just like mum’s cooking.” Let’s just hope his mum is a good cook.
“Where else? There is only one BCM stall, and its located at BK eating house. I’ve been going there for the past 8 years.”
Looks like we have a winner. The only place that serves Mee Sua instead of the traditional Mee Pok or Mee Kia, it is indeed a unique place. And what are the chances two groups chose the same Bak Chor Mee store? Either it is insanely good or both their mums cook the same… Why not both though!
So head on down to Yan Kee to get a taste of home!
So there! You’ve heard from our artistes where to get some great Bak Chor Mee! So check out these places when you’re free!