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Chinese Mee Goreng at East Coast – Darn delicious!
By Alfred September 16, 2009
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Chinese Mee Goreng at East Coast – Darn delicious!
Fast Facts
Food:
Chinese Mee Goreng
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$6 - S$10
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
East Coast
Food Centre:
East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Recommended For:
Dinner
Reviewed by:
Alfred

What are some food names in this part of the world that have dual meanings? Off the top of my head, I can think of 2 – Nasi Lemak and Mee Goreng. These 2 food names can be referring to the Chinese style or Malay style or even Indian style for Mee Goreng.

It is no rocket science that Chinese style Malay’s food is our local inventions that were created to cater to the Chinese community or you can call it fusion food.

I had my first Chinese Mee Goreng experience at the Old Punggol Hock Kee seafood place at Punggol end long long time ago. Those days, I am pretty sure it was the only place that serves Chinese Mee Goreng. After they got chased out of that place by our gahment which was in the mid 90s, Chinese Mee Goreng started appearing in foodcourts and a lot of them had tried to say that theirs is the Punggol ‘Original’ version.

But how actually does an original Punggol one taste or look like?

Well for me, it does seem to be quite easy to produce a plate of Chinese style Mee Goreng. And believe me, a lot of Cze Char place can do it. The chilli sauce they need is those kind they use for their chilli crabs, mix it with some noodles and seafood, throw an egg in…..and TA-TA…you have a plate of the Punggol Mee Goreng.

The only thing here is…how wet…how dry…how spicy….how much wok hei….when to throw in the ingredients…..those few factors will dictate how good the plate of Mee Goreng is.

Punggol’s Hock Kee Mee Goreng was very delicious in the past. A good Chinese Mee Goreng usually has noodles that’s still al dente(QQ), a little bit charred, looks a little oily and wet with red chilli sauce coating it, a slight hint of ketchup but not too much, beansprouts MUST be quite raw in the sense that it still have that crunchyness when you bite into it, infact all the vegetables must still be crunchy, probably 1 egg thrown into it, and with chunks of those seafood pieces you can find in any Cze Char Hor Fun.

So in short, this Mee Goreng should be a quick job that probably doesn’t need more than 5 mins in the wok. Well at least that’s how Punggol Hock Kee’s Mee Goreng was and it was absolutely shiokadodo to go along with all the seafood dishes.

Ok now, the golden question, where to find this Mee Goreng now?

Unfortunately the ownership of Punggol Hock Kee at Punggol Marina had changed hands a few times so there is no doubt that the Mee Goreng there isn’t the same anymore.

And the thing is, it is not cheap there nowadays as well. My friend, who had just dined there, came telling me the Mee Goreng which he ordered, tasted nothing like the past and still cost him $12!

Now I’m going to introduce you to a very good quality Chinese style Mee Goreng that is double in shiokadodoness but yet half in price.

East Coast BBQ Seafood is, well, a BBQ seafood stall at East Coast Lagoon Food Centre and it is popular for a few things like Chilli Crab, BBQ prawns and Sambal Sotong.

I was told that their Seafood Mee Goreng is to die for and extremely value for money and being a spicy food lover, I couldn’t resist checking it out.


Mee Goreng


Big Succulent prawn!

My plate of Mee Goreng cost $6 and looked absolutely sexy. It had the 2 distinctive appetising color – green and red. But impression is one thing, how about the taste?

My first taste of it sent me to sheer ecstasy!

For $6, this kind of umami punch, I definitely didn’t expect. The noodles were very very QQ but had the marvellous wok hei too. The fire under the wok must be very very hot to be able to produce that. The chilli was ok though I wish it was that tad spicier because I am really a ‘HOT’ person. The sweetness was just nice and complemented everything very well. Vegetables were crunchy, many sotongs and 3 big succulent prawns were thrown in too.

This is comparable to the best Mee Goreng i’ve had before. The taste was good, the wokheiness of everything was perfect and the ‘al denteNESS’ of the noodles and vegetables were sharp and precise.

In terms of taste and value, this is one Mee Goreng that will be extremely challenging to find in any kopitiams. In restaurants, you can forget about finding something similar. In my view, food that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg usually are not that fantastic but yet here, all you need is to have $6 to get a top quality Mee Goreng.

Price: $6

Recommendation: Mee Goreng

Conclusion: A very mean Mee Goreng that has all the necessary characteristics to replace my no 1 Mee Goreng at Hock Kee Punggol. For value, this will beat many other Mee Gorengs from other Cze Char places because it came with big succulent prawns and many squid pieces. You’ll probably get a few measly pieces of seafood only at Cze Char places. For taste, it is perfect for me and my entire Mee Goreng ‘texture’ was done right.

Likes: Whole plate was very skillfully fried. Seafood was aplenty. Value for money!

Dislikes: More spicy please and another egg wouldn’t hurt!

Address Overall Rating


East Coast BBQ Seafood
1220 East Coast Parkway
Stall 38 East Coast Lagoon Food Village
Mon-Sat: 5pm – 10.30pm
Sun: 1pm – 10.30pm
Off on Tuesday


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Authenticity:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.75/10 ★★★★★★★¾☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 7
Foo says:

I like the BBQ stingray from this stall. Their sambal kangkong is also good!

Posted September 16, 2009
Dave says:

Tried the stir fried lala, SOLID!

Posted September 16, 2009
Alfred says:

Will try next time.

Posted September 17, 2009
Alfred says:

Alright will try it next time too!

Posted September 17, 2009
Lin says:

Just went to East Coast Lagoon for this Mee Goreng.. Was quite disappointed.. I think maybe different chef.. The sauce was more like Chilli Crab sauce and the taste isn’t fantastic..

Posted November 24, 2009
Alfred says:

Hmmmmm maybe they do have different chefs.

Posted December 2, 2009
Lagoon says:

Just had the Mee goreng, did not live up to expectations. I would have gone to one of the restaurants at seafood centre for a good plate of mee goreng and pay a premium for it. Also tried the fried fritters w sotong…not good.

Posted October 31, 2010
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