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Ah Ho Teochew Noodles – Not What It Used To Be But The Chilli Is Still Good!
By Alfred November 18, 2009
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Ah Ho Teochew Noodles – Not What It Used To Be But The Chilli Is Still Good!
Fast Facts
Food:
Mee Pok Tah (鱼丸面)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Jalan Besar
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Breakfast Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

It is said that Chinese are the inventor of noodles and the world follows. Well what I observed is that certain cultures seem to have food that are marketed by “A students”. Why I’m saying so is because food like pasta or pizza can easily make you part $20 for it but yet we don’t see our tao sar piah or mee pok tah being eaten in Rome by Italians for $20. Heck if you were to sell to Italians a plate of Char Kway Teow for $2 in Italy, I doubt they would even be keen!

Truth be told, it’s not how good a product is but how you market it. Take for instance this thing called Shabu Shabu in Japan. The word Shabu is of course a translation of the word “Sapo” which means claypot in mandarin. Ok the Japanese somehow managed to get it to represent the hot pot in their culture but what is the difference between Chinese’s hot pot(steamboat) and Japanese’s hot pot? I see similar ingredients used like sliced meat and vegetables but trust the Japanese to know how to make you pay exorbitant price for their version and some will even swear that it is really more delicious. Other than the meat in a Shabu Shabu are sliced thinner which can also be done easily in a Chinese’s hot pot, there isn’t much going for it, isn’t it? Give me a chinese hot pot anytime, I still prefer my belacan dip to the Japanese sweet soya sauce dip which I can also produce for my Chinese’s hot pot easily. There are other things like Chawanmushi which can cost you anything between $3 to $5 in a Japanese eatery but yet can also be eaten from a chap chai peng stall for just 50 cent a portion. Satay is what we can buy from coffeeshop for just 40 cents each but try buying it in the shopping mall and it will be called Yakitori which will cost you anywhere between $1 to $2 each. So it is really all that social conditioning that is responsible for alternating our perceptions for the same thing.


Ah Ho Teochew Noodles Mee Pok Tah $3.50

I don’t know about you but I would prefer a bowl of mee pok tah over pasta anytime. And I’m just wondering what does it take for a mee pok tah with tik poh and tasty her giao to make it into the menu of an oriental eatery in Italy where it will not only cost them $20 each plate but can please them so much to the point where some companies will take the effort to produce bottled mee pok tah sauce for home use. Well I guess that day may never come unless we discard all our “D students” marketer!

Ah Ho Teochew Noodles at Verdun Road has been around for a long long time. For those who remember, they used to operate in the 90s at the back lane(somewhere between Short Street and Prinsep street ) of Sim Lim Square where now the Lasalle College of the Arts stands. In those days, it was one of my favourite mee pok tah stalls simply because the chili sauce is very very shiok. The chilli here is slightly darker which has a hint of the char tah(charred) flavour and it really could hit the spot hard for me though it’s not for everyone. Many people whom I have brought to Ah Ho to eat in the past can’t resonate with it.

They then moved to a shop at Kitchener road sometime back and then moved again to Verdun Road which is just a turn from it’s previous location. In the past, Ah Ho Teochew Noodles was famous for it’s chilli sauce and fishballs which used to have a very unique texture. Today, sadly only the chilli sauce manage to bring back the flavour of yesteryears but only sporadically. The fishballs, her giaos(fish dumplings) and other ingredients tasted very normal and though they bother to throw in a couple of tik poh now for the dry version, it is still a bit off the mark from what it used to be. It didn’t quite justify the travelling time and the distance for me though I guess, on a good day you might just get a bowl that is 1 or 2 notches above the average ones.


Ah Ho Teochew Noodles Her Giao 4 for $1

Price: $2.50 ($1 for fish dumplings)

Recommendation: Dry version.

Conclusion: Ingredients are very normal but very generous. It’s the chilli sauce that makes this a bowl of mee pok tah slightly above the average bowl. If you relish chilli sauce that has a bit of the chao tah flavour then this will do well for you.

Likes: Chilli sauce.

Dislikes: Ingredients tasted “factory” made.

Address Overall Rating


Ah Ho Teochew Noodles
12 Verdun Road
Kim San Lee Coffee Shop
8am to 3pm
Off: Wednesday


Food:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Authenticity:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 

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Readers' Comment(s) : 5
Sim says:

Read somewhere that says the chilli is made using bua keluak which is a kind of nut. thats why it’s so delicious.

Posted November 19, 2009
James says:

Yup this used to be at albert street.

Posted November 19, 2009
Sandy says:

Agree that last time better. the bowl porcelain bowl last time.

Posted November 23, 2009
Adrian says:

I totally agree that Ah Ho Meepok isn’t what it used to be.
And for me, it goes a long way back.
Ah Ho Mee Pok started in the early 70’s in Campbell Lane, off Serangoon Road.
It used to be co-located with a Hainanese Pork Chop rice stall in a dingy corner coffee shop.
I used to get my meepoktah fix for 50 cents (and yes, police used to wear shorts).
And for 50 cents, I got generous portions for lean pork slices, char siew and the heavenly bak pok.

I’ve tracked Ah Ho down all these years.
Was there this Wed for breakfast.
And sad to say, it will be the last time I’m going to patronize the shop.
The chilli is a far, far cry from what it used to be.
I suspect they have outsourced it or bought in bulk.
Chilli was bitter and not fragrant.
Garlic taste seemed too mild.
Noodles were flaccid too.
And what’s worse, the bakpok was soft (lau hong)

Now I go to Dian Lian noodles at Townshend road.
Dian Lian noodles at its best is still a far cry from the Ah Ho meepok I used to know.
But then, now no fish, prawn also good 

Posted December 11, 2009
Alfred says:

That’s good information. Thanks! In the past, it used to be very simple with their chilli sauce and ketchup tossed with noodles. Fishballs were very fresh since they made themself. Now it tasted several yards off.

Posted December 24, 2009
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