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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Part 11 [Extended]
By Alfred September 12, 2009
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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Part 11 [Extended]
Fast Facts
Series:
The Bak Chor Mee Challenge
Food:
Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Tampines
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Breakfast Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred
[This is a multi-part series looking for the best Bak Chor Mee around Bedok area.]

See other parts:
Part 1: 58 Minced Meat Mee (Bedok Blk 58)
Part 2: Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian (Bedok Blk 58)
Part 3: Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian (Bedok Blk 85)
Part 4: Seng Hiang Food Stall (Bedok Blk 85)
Part 5: Ah Poh Meat Noodles (Bedok Blk 85)
Part 6: Tian Nan Xing Rou Cuo Mian (Bedok Blk 511)
Part 7: Chai Chee Bak Chor Mee (Bedok Blk 216)
Part 8: Soon Heng Bak Chor Mee (Bedok Blk 538)
Part 9: Lao Cai Shi Rou Cuo Mian (Bedok Blk 18)
Part 10: Cai Shi Rou Cuo Mian (Tampines Blk 478)
Part 11: An An Rou Cuo Mian (Tampines Blk 823)
Part 12: You Nuo Shi Rou Cuo Mian (Eunos Blk 7)
Wrap-Up: The Bak Chor Mee Challenge

After introducing Ah Guan who is one of the great-grandsons of the inventor of Bak Chor Mee in my previous review, I’m going to introduce to you another great-grandson who is also operating a Bak Chor Mee stall in Tampines area.

An An Rou Cuo Mian has been doing Bak Chor Mee business at Tampines Blk 823 vicinity for a very long time. How long you may ask, well it’s over 20 years. That’s a pretty shocking figure right? I had actually eaten at this stall when they were still at the old kopitiam opposite the Prime Mart supermarket. Back then they were housed beside a Beef Noodle stall.

When that kopitiam changed ownership, An An Rou Cuo Mian shifted to it’s current location which is a fairly new coffeeshop in the wet market area which is just beside the multi-storey carpark beside Blk 823.

The face of the owner of An An Rou Cuo Mian’s lit up with a cheeky grin when I asked about his connection with Bedok Blk 85 Bak Chor Mee. He speaks of this Bak Chor Mee’s popularity nowadays proudly and claimed that he’s in it for 20 over years though he agrees that the taste differs from stall to stall. He went on to describe Bedok Blk 85 Bak Chor Mee as those that belong to ’sweeter’ taste which is different from his. He recommended the one at Bedok Blk 511 to me oblivion to the possibility that I might had eaten there already.

This great-grandson is right. It is indeed the hint of sweetness that attracts me to those Bak Chor Mee stalls at Bedok Blk 85.


An An Ruo Cuo Mian’s Bak Chor Mee

My bowl of Bak Chor Mee came and it looked very similar to Ah Guan’s Bak Chor Mee. The minced pork was finely grinded and floating sporadically around just like Ah Guan’s. The soup also seems to have that uncanny similar taste and flavour of Ah Guan’s. The bak giao was as good as Ah Guan’s though the soup did looked that little more oily and the noodles also had that familiar QQness or al dente. It all looked like there is a possibility of a master and disciple relationship with Ah Guan there.

All in all, a good bowl for a Bak Chor Mee fix, definitely above average though lacks that little punch to become really really outstanding.

Price: $2.50

Recommendation: Soup version though they’ve also had a dry version.

Conclusion: 90% similar to Ah Guan’s Bak Chor Mee at Tampines Blk 478. From the soup, to the minced pork, to the dumplings, to the noodles, it had that similar taste and flavour. Even the dried version looked extremely similar. Like Ah Guan’s, this can provide a good fix and save you petrol money to Bedok.

Likes: Minced pork is finely grinded and dumplings has a lot of tik poh flavour.

Dislikes: Looks a little oily and noodles seem too much.

Address Overall Rating


An An Ruo Cuo Mian
Coffeeshop at Blk 823
Tampines St 81
0600-1400pm
Off days are irregular


Soup:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Noodles:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Bak Chor:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Dumplings:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Overall:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 1
Agnes says:

this one is a disappointment. Their bcm standard dropped drastically compared to 5,6 yr ago when i was staying in tampines. Now, their bcm taste bland and the ingredients are so little. not worth the vote. i still prefer 85 bcm.

Posted June 11, 2010
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