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Selera Kita Mee Rebus – Still at $1.20!
By Alfred June 27, 2009
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Selera Kita Mee Rebus – Still at $1.20!
Fast Facts
Food:
Mee Rebus
Type:
Malay Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
New Upper Changi Road Block 58 Market
Recommended For:
Brunch Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

There is something about Mee Rebus that can make it be mistaken for some kind of prank food by first time eaters. So far I have introduced it to 2 of my overseas friends who came over to Singapore for a holiday and both of them gave a disgusting look when I put a plate of Mee Rebus on the table for them.

Somehow their faces gave me the this-thing-is-delicious-ah-sure-or-not kind of look. I don’t blame them, often when I was eating Mee Rebus, I wondered how is this sauce been made. The sauce looked a mix between the common curry and those water from the pail where all the customer’s unfinished soup were poured into it. If not for the familiar ingredients that were sprinkled on top, even for me it really resembles something not too far off from a pranked dish.

Mee Rebus of course didn’t taste like anything that is out to prank people. The gravy infact is quite delicious as we all know. It is as delicious as other muslim food like Mee Siam or Mee Soto but yet in appearance wise, it is well beaten by the other 2.

Come to think of it, have anyone ever wondered that Mee Soto or Mee Siam might be a fusion with other cuisines like maybe Thai or Viet? I’ve tasted something in Thailand that is somewhat very similar to the combination of Mee Soto and Mee Siam. Well it was bee hoon served with plenty of fried onion and chicken minces and it had that familiar Mee Soto taste but with a hint of sourness to represent the Tom Yum flavour and there and then I was thinking “Isn’t this kind of taste, we also have in Singapore which we called MEE SIAM?!”. Well so there you go, there might actually be some connection there for Mee Soto, Mee Siam and Tom Yum but I will bet with all my money that Mee Rebus has nothing to do with cuisines from those places.

For those who haven’t heard of, as to what many people believed, Mee Rebus is a dish from Indonesia. Over there people called it Mi Celor. If you wondered what kind of funny things go into the gravy, it is just curry powder and soya bean. The rest of the taste is up to the seller to tweak but curry powder and soya bean being mixed together unfortunately doesn’t give us that beautiful sight we all like in our food.

I should say that this is one Malay food that must be ‘not very popular’ because we can see Nasi Ayam stalls, Nasi Padang stalls, Mee Siam Stalls but seldom we come across a Mee Rebus stall, right? I think Mee Rebus is the kind of food where the common food sellers can’t foresee how it is going to make them a decent livelihood if they were to just to sell Mee Rebus. And the fact is I don’t know anyone who need a Mee Rebus fix every week or even every month.

So with that kind of situation, it’s no wonder that I’ve ever only eaten Mee Rebus from one stall. Selera Kita, a Mee Rebus stall is situated at Bedok Block 58 market and has been around for a long long time. When I was younger and staying at Bedok, my parents used to only patronise this stall for Mee Rebus. Today my parents are still patronising this stall for their Mee Rebus. And something unusual about this stall is that it’s price is still cap at $1.20 today and for the $2 version, you can really get a jumbo plate.

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The queue at Selera Kita is quite legendary around Blk 58 Bedok south as I can’t remember any stalls matching it’s queue whenever I was there in the morning for breakfast. Mee Rebus isn’t exactly one of my favourite food so I only eat it once or twice a year at the very most. I’m sure it’s the same for you guys, right? But however if you’re around Blk 58 Bedok market and are looking to stretch your dollar, then if for $1.20 you can get yellow noodles bath in some kind of addictive gravy that is full of curry and prawn-tinged flavour, you can’t ask for more can you?

Price: $1.20

Conclusion: Since I haven’t eaten many Mee Rebus, I can’t tell if they have long queues because it is cheap or because it is really good. But since they’ve been around for a long time, I give them the benefit of the doubt that they indeed are serving a decent plate at least.

Likes: Thick sauce and full of that prawn flavour.

Dislikes: None.

Address Overall Rating

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Selera Kita
Blk 58 New Upper Changi Road
#01-182
New Upper Changi Road Hawker Centre
S461058


Food:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Value:
9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 5
Lim Boon Tiong says:

you are right.. mee rebus is something that we dont want to eat every week.
I heard from a friend that the gravy is very sinful.
it is made by using potato mash or something like that… sinful stuff.

Posted June 28, 2009
Alfred says:

Yaa, i also heard using potato…anyway too much carbo in that dish.

Posted June 29, 2009
JasKING says:

So cheap!

Posted July 2, 2009
foodlovee says:

This place does not use potato or sweet potato they use flour to thicken the sauce.

Posted December 17, 2009
Alfred says:

Do you think this place serves great mee rebus or is it just cheap?

Posted December 24, 2009
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