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Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd – Scallops Or Crayfish To Go With Your Mee Pok Tah!
By Alfred December 9, 2009
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Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd – Scallops Or Crayfish To Go With Your Mee Pok Tah!
Fast Facts
Food:
Mee Pok Tah (鱼丸面)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$6 - S$10
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Beach Road
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Breakfast Dinner Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

People in different countries don’t greet people the same way. It range from the simple universal “Hello!” to American’s ‘Howdy?” to British’s “What’s up?” to Aussie’s “Good day!” to Singaporeans’ “Jiak Pa Buay?“(Eat already or not?!). Singaporeans are so passionate about their food that the first thing they want to know about their friends is whether they have eaten their meals, but have you wondered why are we so passionate about food?

There have been many discussions about this and some said that our foods are very shiok, but so are Indonesian food, Thai food and many other foods in western countries like Italy or Spain and the sixty-four thousand dollar question is, why don’t we see others behaving like Singaporeans?

Then others said that Singapore is a small place, so travelling from one point to another is easy and we are accessible to good food easily THEREFORE-WE-LOVE-EATING. But if you look at major cities like London, Hong Kong or Sydney, those places are also about the size of Singapore and they have a wide selection of international foods too but yet we don’t see them loving their food like how we do.

Singaporeans’ love for food may not be easily understood but our desire for GOOD food definitely can. If you’ve been to places in Indonesia like Jakarta, you can see a whole lot of ‘Warungs’ which are those food sellers doing businesses from those little small shops(or huts) that is actually part of their house. In this kind of casual eating places, the rental costs are practically nothing so it is very affordable to setup ‘a shop‘ therefore it is also easy to get continued because anyone in the family can just take over the business. In short, those businesses can easily be passed from family to family or even generation to generation. You see, the authenticities of the food never(or seldom) die.

Here in Singapore, it’s obvious that our foods have suffered from decades of identity crisis ever since we strived to become a developed nation. So the notion “Singaporean love eating” can mean whatever but the epitome for that claim can literally be translated into “Authentic foods that can thrill us are scarce in this country so if there is one lurking somewhere, we die die MUST travel all the way to eat!“. Agree?

Foreigners somehow got that misinterpreted and bought the story that our food is really shiok and one of the things to do when they are here is to live up to the spirit of “EAT EAT EAT” till you drop and that novelty has been widely publicized in a lot of tourist’s guide books. Sadly, truth is any char kway teow stall in Malaysia can shiok a Singaporean to no end but that obviously won’t be the same case for a Malaysian in Singapore.

What it all means is that the function(of the reality) has changed the equation to ‘higher cost of operating but lesser authenticity in our food‘ and it’s just too bad that we are technically receiving the shorter end of the stick as far ‘good food per square foot of the country is concerned‘.


Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd

Whatever it may be, we have to admit that the ‘creativity of producing unique food‘ also suffers since setting up of a food business can be as much a suffocating experience as it is a gruesome endurance test with the very high starting cost since no warung’s style setup is possible here. With setting up costs so high, it’s no wonder that food businesses are getting competitive to the point where food sellers have to be innovative, and come up with new ideas to stay ahead in the game. In Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd, I consider them one of the most innovative Mee Pok stalls in Singapore.


Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd Wall Menu

The highlight of the Mee Pok here is the additional ingredients like sliced fish, scallops and even crayfish in your bowl! That may sound like an expensive Mee Pok Tah experience but the prices are still hovering between $3 to $7 so forget about your vintage style of mee pok tah, this modern version wants to impress you with new tricks, so lets put it to the test and see whether are there any ecstatic shiokness to be found.

Things like fishcakes, prawns or bak chors are still quite utterly fundamental ingredients in a bowl of mee pok tah so it is good that here, you get loads of it no matter how much you’re paying for your bowl of mee pok. For your $3/4 bowl, you get an additional ingredient in the form of one scallop(you’ll get 2 for the $4 bowl) with shell. A $5 bowl gets you 2 scallops, some sliced fish, some pork liver and more prawns. For $7 bowl, you get everything you can find in a $5 bowl plus a crayfish. So if you find pleasure in eating seafood, there’s no doubt that Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd can be a good place for your mee pok tah fix.


Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd Mee Pok Tah $3

To some extent, I were having reservations about all these extra ingredients making a bowl of mee pok tah exceptionally shiok so I went for the cheapest bowl to see what is the maximum effect from a minimum damage.

The first thing that shioked me was the tik poh flavour. The chilli sauce here has that tik poh flavour! FWAH! The first mouthful just made me think that I’ve stepped into a mee pok tah gem! The second thing that shioked me was the noodles which was translucent, very thin, QQ, and absolutely good to chew and swallow. These are good mee pok tah indicators and I would even gladly pay $3 for it without the scallops and all. The generous amount of bak chor(minced pork) and fishcakes complete the shiokness in full cycle and as I’m typing this, I’m even drooling over it. Slurp!


Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd Bak Giao Soup $3

Happily, I proceeded to order a bowl of bak giao(pork dumpling) which came in a tall bowl that your herbal soup gets served in. Not sure what you’re thinking but it tells me that Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd is serious about bringing customers the maximum shiokness. For the uninitiated, this tall bowl can keep the soup warm for longer so it is of course better than the normal plastic bowl that’s served in any mee pok tah stall otherwise. Without scooping the bak gao from the bowl, one can already see the muscle and flex of it. These are humongous bak giaos with maximum fillings possible and the spoon was even a little intimidated by the size.


Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd Bak Giao

The bak giao is very pork-ish with only a subtle tik poh flavour unfortunately. It however has a good bite and would be very good for you if you like a good chew. I thought the skin of the gak giao was a little too thick but otherwise it’s really not that bad and for 6 of it with plenty of pak choi(chinese cabbage) in the soup, it is definitely something that’s worth the price of $3. And the best thing in this is the generous amount of bak chor(minced pork) which are also quite delicious.

This new variation of mee pok tak ingredients are definitely welcomed and the tastes and flavours of everything just also happen to be very muscular. To sum it up simply: The chilli sauce is the best I can possibly dream of. The texture of the noodles just makes the bite, chew and swallow much more palatable. The bak giaos can be improved but the admirable strength in the soup(bak chor and pak choi included), not forgetting the serving with a tall bowl, demands a bit of respect. With the shiokadodoness I received in this mee pok tah, I dream of the day they can have a stall at my doorstep and I hope that can be very soon.

The name of this mee pok tah stall may sound like a joke, but the food is certainly no tragedy and it in fact left a very lasting impression.

Price: $3 for mee pok tah and $3 for bak giao soup.

Recommendation: Mee Pok tah, bak giao. If you like crayfish, go for the $7 bowl! They have authentic items like scallop porridge, beancurd in some sweet sauce and stir fried vegetables which are all priced very reasonably from $3.

Conclusion: The mee pok tah here charmed me. The tik poh flavour in the chilli sauce is very strong and lingers in my mouth long after the meal. The noodles just happen to have very shiok texture for me. Skin of the bak giaos is a little thick but otherwise filled with very delicious minced pork. Tik poh flavour in the bak chor can be improved though. This is a subbranch, the original stall is at 69 Syed Alwi Road(8am to 8pm).

Likes: Chilli sauce, noodles. Good value.

Dislikes: Bak giao skin a little thick.

Address Overall Rating

ahguan7
Ah Guan Mee Pok Pte Ltd
13A Aliwal Street
6am to 6pm
Tel: 6296 0069


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Authenticity:
8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Value:
8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Service:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.75/10 ★★★★★★★¾☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 1
BanBan says:

Agree. One of the best Mee Pok around!

Posted July 6, 2010
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