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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Part 9 [Extended]
By Alfred September 10, 2009
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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Part 9 [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:
Bedok (勿洛)
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

It is common knowledge that Bedok South Block 16 Market has no Bak Chor Mee stall. But recently a Bak Chor Mee stall owner told me that he vividly remembers a long distance aunt doing Bak Chor Mee business in one of the coffeeshops around Bedok South Block 16 though it was long time ago.

So I went to check it out not expecting to find any but voila! Found it! You can call me sua ku here but I seldom look for food at those coffeeshops around that area. I mean Bedok South Block 16 has quite a lot of goodies to eat so who would want to walk near the coffeeshops right?

Lao Chai Shi Rou Cuo Mian which is translated to Old Chai Chee Minced Pork Noodles have been around for over 20 years at the Bedok Blk 16 area, if what I heard from that Bak Chor Mee owner is to be believed.

An Ah Ma greeted me at the stall and asked for my order. I asked her whether they have bak giao(pork dumpling) and are they related to Blk 85 Bak Chor Mee family, she answered yes to both questions. Tick, tick! Ah Ma said her daughter’s husband is operating a stall at Bedok Blk 85.

It’s interesting to note that this stall sells something like 5 different types of noodles soup and it’s to be the only one that see the need to diverse its ’sales market’. All of the other stalls I’ve visited are only selling Bak Chor Mee. So by that impression, I can’t help but being a little skeptical about the quality of Bak Chor Mee that I was waiting for.


老菜市肉脞面’s Bak Chor Mee

Mine arrived and it WOW me at first! It looked very very similar to my favourite Bak Chor Mee stall at Bedok Blk 85 which is the Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian. The minced pork in the soup was how I like it in my Bak Chor Mee. Finely grinded, sporadically floating in the soup and not too salty. The soup was more on the saltish side though still quite delicious. The bak giaos were impressive with a lot of tik poh(fried sole fish) flavour. The noodles were slightly more pong but nonetheless still quite good.

All in all, I would consider the standard of this bowl of Bak Chor Mee slightly above the average bowl but with room for improvements. The level of QQness of the noodles can be further improved though there wasn’t any customers so perhaps the water for boiling the noodles wasn’t running at max temperature and that could be the cause of the slightly ‘pong pong’ noodles. If the soup were slightly sweeter, it might come very close to the Bak Chor Mee at my favourite stall, Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian. But alas it did not though with dumplings and the finely grinded minced pork, it did scored a few more points.

Price: $2.50

Conclusion: A decent bowl to provide a quick fix if you crave for those Bak Chor Mee flavour at Bedok Blk 85. It’s strength is with the minced pork and dumplings. Noodles and soup not that bad too but can be improved. Dry version is available but eat at your own risk.

Likes: Dumplings and minced pork.

Dislikes: Noodles not QQ enough. Soup a little on the salty side.

Address Overall Rating


Lao Cai Shi Ruo Cuo Mian
老菜市肉脞面
Bedok South Blk 16 Kopitiam
6am to 2pm
Off every Thursday


Soup:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Noodles:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Bak Chor:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Dumplings:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Overall:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

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