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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Which is the best in Bedok? Part 2 of 8
By Alfred September 3, 2009
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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Which is the best in Bedok? Part 2 of 8
Fast Facts
Series:
The Bak Chor Mee Challenge
Food:
Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面)
Type:
Chinese 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:
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

We all know that operating a food business is not easy. If you’re the boss of a cze char stall, you will need to check the stock level for at least 200 ingredients, big and small items and ensure that you have enough stocks for the day’s business. And these ingredients counting and ordering ritual is a daily affair.

However a lot of bosses rely on their cooks or kitchen hands for that task and I can understand that part because the boss can never do everything. But indirectly you’ll be letting your staffs gaining the control and it may all come to a point where a staff’s performance is not that productive but yet he is too precious to be sacked because you need to depend on him for something.

In that situation, what would you do?

Well we all have heard stories of staffs, after learning how to run the entire kitchen, come out to strike on their own. These stories are of course real and indeed we have a case in New Upper Changi Road Blk 58 Market & Food Centre.

The cook behind the operation of Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian at New Upper Changi Road Blk 58 Market & Food Centre is a disciple of 58 Minced Meat Mee. Being an apprentice there for many many years, he of course has enough knowledge to run a stall by himself. From what I’ve heard, the split was due to some minor squabbles which escalated to become a ‘divorce’ case.

Though both stalls are literally ‘back to back’ against each other in the market, the customers are obviously all heading for the original stall still. When I was at Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian and it was during a lunch time, there was no queue and the odd customer appears every now and then.

They have exactly the same modus operandi with price starting from $2 with no dumplings to $3 with extra dumplings. The noodles here are ‘upsized’ further in terms of that ‘pong pong’ effect to almost zero QQ(al dente) texture. This further guarantees no misses and 200% hits if you’re not taking the chance for undercooked noodles.


Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian Bak Chor Mee

The dumplings are not as huge though the flavour of the dumpling’s fillings are distinctively similar. Not hard to imagine the seller wrapping a few thousand dumplings in the past for 58 Minced Meat Mee. The soup had that same level of saltiness or you can call it ‘flavour’. What however is better at this stall is the minced meat seems to be grinded finer though it’ll be hard to fish out a decent piece of minced meat clot together in the soup unlike 58 Minced Meat Mee. It was scattered all over in the soup and I didn’t managed to find a decent good lump. Can be a good thing or bad thing, depending on your preference.

At Bedok Blk 58, if you’re dreading queues but still yearn for a bowl of Bak Chor Mee, Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian should be able to offer you a good bowl. Probably 90% there in terms of duplicating that authenticity but it’s clear that in some little ways, he has not yet mastered the finer details to become a 100% copycat so it still loses out to 58 Minced Meat Mee in one way or another. That’s probably the reason why those in the queues at 58 Minced Meat Mee are still not heading this way.

Price: $2, $2.50, $3 ($2 without dumplings)

Recommendation: $2.50 version

Conclusion: Almost there but still not effective in attracting people from 58 Minced Meat Mee’s queue. It’ll probably take a while before Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian can shake off that ‘ex apprentice’ image of 58 Minced Meat Mee. If they can survive long enough to wait for that day, I’m sure it won’t be long before people going to New Upper Changi Road Blk 58 Market & Food Centre and wondering why it also has 2 stalls selling Bak Chor Mee with similar taste just like the those 2 side by side stalls at Block 85 Market And Food Centre.

Likes: The mince meat is finer and scattered which is very similar to what I always had at those stalls at Block 85 Market And Food Centre.

Dislikes: Dumplings smaller and the noodles too much ‘pong pong’.

Address Overall Rating


Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian
New Upper Changi Road Blk 58 Market & Food Centre
Blk 58 #01-168
7am-2pm


Soup:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Noodles:
6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

Bak Chor:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Dumplings:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Value:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 

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