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Lau Shen Shredded Chicken Noodles – Mini “Pork Sausage” With Tik Poh Flavour!
By Alfred October 30, 2009
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Lau Shen Shredded Chicken Noodles – Mini “Pork Sausage” With Tik Poh Flavour!
Fast Facts
Food:
Shredded Chicken Noodles
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$6 - S$10
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Macpherson
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Breakfast Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

The Teochews are famous for quite a few things. Cultivating the art of preserving food(land infertile so they have to), enjoying seafood’s natural taste by steaming it(because they are near to sea so can get fresh ones) and inventing all kinds of kuehs which are the whatever snacks you can find in snack shops like Soon Kueh, Ku Chai Kueh, Png Kueh, Chwee Kueh, Chai Tao Kueh and even Shui Jing Bao and Poh Piah all belong to the Teochew culture. In many places(HK, China or in the west), all these snacks are referred to as Dumplings. So you see, we must really give credit to the Teochews for making our palate so much more interesting.


Ah Liang’s Shredded Chicken Noodles

I had one of the most interesting lunches at Lau Shen Ji Shi Mian along Tai Thong Crescent in Macpherson recently. The Teochew ah hia tending this stall is trying to sell Shredded Chicken Noodles. You seriously get nothing more than some shredded chicken and braised mushrooms on your noodles, but what the stall is famous for is the her giao(fishdumplings) which he charges an astronomical price of 70cents each. And the soup that came with my noodles was a bak chor soup which is distinctly 90% similar to what you get with Bedok Bak Chor Mee. This looks more like a 3-in-1 where fishball noodles, shredded chicken noodles and bak chor mee coalesced into one type of noodles.


Ah Liang’s Teochew Her Giao 70cents each

As if that’s not strange enough, you are only allowed to buy 5 more her giao for every bowl of shredded chicken noodles(which has 2 her giaos in it if you are lucky!). There is no question here that the her giao is being treated like gold. But I’ll be upfront, the her giao here is by far, the best I have eaten.

Ah Liang, the stall owner took over the business from his father sometime back and according to him, the stall used to operate below the PIE flyover nearby where they once stood side by side with Cheok Kee Duck Rice and Meng Kee Satay Bee Hoon(at East Coast Lagoon now).

Ah Liang made sure I wasn’t sent by the press before he decided to open up to me. You see, many journalists have tried to interview him and promote his stall but he does not want publicity. His business relies heavily on regular customers who appreciate his handmade her giaos and fishballs and whom wouldn’t mind to pay the sky for it.

The thing is Ah Liang can only produce so many fishballs and her giaos a day. After he closed his shop at 130pm everyday, he practically spends 8 to 10 hours at home making fishballs and her giaos from scratch(including the skin of the her giao). And even with that time spent, he can only produce enough to cater for his regulars so any sudden surge of patronage where horde of customers race to order fishballs or her giaos are not welcomed!

By now, the message is clear to anyone who’s not blind: Making money is not Ah Liang’s main interest but he takes good care of his regular customers and has this passion of providing high quality and authentic food to people who would appreciate his effort for it.

He spoke animatedly of how he would scrap the fishmeat, change the water for it a few times, roll the fish dough, procure the best tik poh in town, finely grinding it, so that his customers can enjoy the best her giao experience. And there’s no doubt that the burning passion in Ah Liang cannot be duplicated in a factory and that’s the reason why he has never considered outsourcing his her giaos and fishballs.

Being famous for handmade ingredients, I know many people are not going to agree with me on this but the sauce on the noodles were pretty shiok for me. The chilli sauce just happen to blend in very well with it and I thought the shredded chicken is a refreshing change from the usual minced pork and stuff.

The thing Ah Liang is most proud of is the skin of the her giao. Though I found it a good exercise for the jaw, he insists that a good quality her giao skin must be chewy so that it won’t break so easily. What I like most about the her giao is the flavour is very robust and it tasted extremely fresh. Just think of a freshly made tik pok sausage. I think the level of freshness is not very far from if he were to wrap it on the spot.

There’s no doubt that this is a premium her giao sold at a premium price. 5 her giaos for $3.50 is very very steep but there’s no doubt that the shiokness level you can get is also premium.


Ah Liang’s Teochew Her Giao 70cents each

Price: $3.50 for noodles(2 her giaos) and you can upsized to add another 5 her giaos for $7 total.

Recommendation: Her giaos and fishballs.

Conclusion: A very passionate man who believes in providing the best for customers more than anything else. Though prices are very steep but I can guarantee you that the quality you get here cannot be found anywhere else. Fishballs are available on weekends only and the best time to visit the stall is around 10am when the flavour of the soup kicks in and the saltiness in the fishballs is milder. For $7, a bowl of noodles with premium 7 her giaos may sound outrageous but rest assured that if you want to pass it, many others would be happy because it just means that there are 7 more to be bought! For those who are keen, they sell a pack of 50 her giaos for $35(still 70 cents each, no discount!) and you have to make an advance order for it.

Likes: Her giaos(have not tried the fishballs).

Dislikes: Price too steep lah.

Address Overall Rating

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Lau Shen Ji Shi Mian
1 Tai Thong Crescent
Tel: 96663183
730am to 1330pm
Off: Monday


Food:
9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Authenticity:
9.5/10 ★★★★★★★★★½ 

Service:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.75/10 ★★★★★★★¾☆☆ 

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Readers' Comment(s) : 1
Jasmine Tan says:

Thanks for “Orh Lor” the Teochews are famous for quite a few things and gave me (Teochew) credit for making our palate so much more interesting. HAHAHA.

The stall very 古早 leh.Hardly able to find such 古早 stall in Singapore but maybe in Geylang ?!! The closest I can find such stall is in Johor Bahru.

The Gai See Mee sure looks enticing.. :P

Posted October 30, 2009
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