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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Which is the best in Bedok? Part 3 of 8
By Alfred September 4, 2009
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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Which is the best in Bedok? Part 3 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:
8 to 8.9
Location:
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Fengshan Market & Food Centre
Recommended For:
Dinner Supper
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

Copycats are quite unpreventable in this world. As long as something is good and in demand, you can believe that somehow, somewhere, someone will be coming to steal the market share. It’s for that reason that farmers hardly ever get rich because if something is in demand, then other farmers would start growing it and sooner or later, what you’re growing would be worthless.

In Fengshan Market & Food Centre at Blk 85 Bedok North St 4, there are currently 3 stalls of Bak Chor Mee. 2 of the stalls are operating side by side at the outer row of the market while the other stall is somewhere in the middle row.

Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian and famously known as the no 7 stall at Fengshan Market & Food Centre is infact the first stall to sell Bak Chor Mee in the market. I remember my father brought me to have my first bowl of Bak Chor Mee when I was about 7 or 8 years old and it was from this stall. Back then, no 8(which is also a Bak Chor Mee stall now) was not a Bak Chor Mee stall but a you char kway cum hum chee peng stall.

Sometime around the mid 90s, the you char kway seller quitted and someone took over the no 8 stall and renamed it as Seng Hiang Food Stall and starts selling Bak Chor Mee. About 2-3 years ago, another Bak Chor Mee stall, Ah Poh Meat Noodles opened somewhere inside the market. So you see, for people who are virgin Bak Chor Mee eaters, they can be spoilt for choice but yet, coming all the way here to have a Bak Chor Mee experience, surely you wouldn’t want to go to the imitation one right? So if that’s the case for you, remember by heart that the original stall is at no 7 and is called Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian.

I haven’t been whacking Bak Chor Mees for many years and I realised a few things have changed at Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian. First, they no longer serve those pork dumplings aka Bak Giao. Bak Giao consists of nothing more than marinated meat with some grinded dried sole fish and it’s more towards the saltish side more than anything else. If you ask me, Bak Giao is a die die must have ingredient in a bowl of Bak Chor Mee because it’s one of those things that I used to look forward to fishing out of the bowl. It’s just like if I were to remove the mutton from your murtabak, what would you have with? Just a kosong prata right? And so wouldn’t mutton is a die die must have thing in a murtabak?

Unfortunately Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian sellers do not agree. They’ve removed the Bak Giao from their Bak Chor Mee for at least a few years already and instead, your bowl of Bak Chor Mee for $2.50 comes with 5 meatballs. Meatballs are great too but somehow it cannot replace Bak Giao for me. Of course I can understand the removal of Bak Giao, making Giaos is a labour intensive and time consuming process and in the past, they probably had to allocate 1 or 2 staffs to do nothing all day long but wrapping Giaos. However I’m just wondering why haven’t they thought of passing the recipe of the Bak Giao to dumpling’s manufactuers and outsouce the work to them, I mean I don’t think it would be any more expensive than buying meatballs and that will surely keep many eaters happy. So are there any Bak Chor Mee sellers or dumpling’s manufacturers listening?


Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian’s Bak Chor Mee

My bowl of Bak Chor Mee from Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian came and you know what? I finished it in record time of I think around 3 to 4 min. I must mention that I was not that hungry if you’re thinking that way. It’s just that the whole bowl was just so damn slurping good. The noticeable thing about Bak Chor Mee from Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian is that it doesn’t come piping hot. It is warm and seem to have the right warmness. It was hot but yet not enough to burn my tongue. The noodles had that superb QQ texture but yet had a good warmness for you to keep eating it without the need to stop. The minced meat was finely grinded and was sporadically floating around the soup and what seriously impressed me was that minced meat blended extremely well with the soup and noodles. It seems cooked to the perfect doneness, had a hinge of sweetness but yet not too much. The flavours were just so even that it kept me going on and on. And that’s what I did, I slurped away the bowl in record time to the very last drop of the soup.

Any food that you have finished eating but yet still makes you yearning for more is good food. Any food that gives you the ‘jerlad’ or any other bad aftertaste is not a good food. Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian’s Bak Chor Mee reminds me of how a good bowl of Bak Chor Mee should be and I definitely did not get this slurping good feeling while eating those 2 stalls at Bedok Blk 58.

Price: $2.50 onwards

Recommendation: $2.50 version

Conclusion: This stall has a revenue of $65K a month so that obviously tells you something. It’s a pity dumplings are no longer served but the overall combination of the noodles, minced meat and soup blew me away. It reminded me of how a bowl of Bak Chor Mee should taste after eating so many lousy ones elsewhere. The authenticity about Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian is surprisingly not in the flavour but how other things all complemented each other so well. The doneness of the minced pork stimulated my appetite and the warmness of the soup was just hot enough for me to slurp it away. And from memory it was like that too in the past. Fabulously balanced!

Likes: Right warmness, not too hot and not too cold. Minced meat was fine and tasted quite shiok due to the right doneness, though doesn’t seems to be marinated but it was really quite shiok still.

Dislikes: No dumplings. If they had great dumplings too then there would definitely be no horse run! Though I can see now it might take a lot for other horses to beat this.

Address Overall Rating


Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian
Blk 85 Bedok North St 4
#01-07 Fengshan Market & Food Centre
5pm to 2am
Tel :9835 7884


Soup:
8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Noodles:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Bak Chor:
8.5/10 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 

Meatballs:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Value:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Overall:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 9
Sally says:

This is the stall i always buy from. the rest are fake one..

Posted September 15, 2009
KLeong says:

I’ve lived in bedok north since Fengshan market is there. Initially Xing Ji bak chor mee doesn’t have any meatballs doesn’t have any meatballs at all. It is the other stall who started the meatball trend and Xing Ji is a copycat of the meatball because probably they know they couldn’t keep their customers anymore :) I guess, it is the survival skills, since Xing Ji is so famous, why it can’t beat 2 other stalls by kicking them out of the market? Just look at the queue, it is equally long. For what I know that 2 stalls have been there for long decades as well. Well, I can only say each have their own supporter, if really want to say copycats like blk 58, then who is the very first stall which sells BCM in singapore? Can you name it? I don’t think Xing Ji is the 1st in singapore that sells BCM right? Then, they are also copycats doesn’t it?

Posted January 28, 2010
gillian says:

Xing Ji Ruo Cuo Mian, famously known as the no 7 stall at Fengshan Market & Food Centre is infact the first stall to sell Bak Chor Mee in the market.

the no 8 stall was originally selling you char kway, and they got no business, then they copied no 7 stall, such copycats, disgusting.

Posted August 28, 2010
Agnes says:

woah, revenue of 65k, then i think i need to call the tax officer to go down and invite them to have coffee… :) from the past records, we will know if they have been paying tax of not

Posted September 1, 2010
bcm fan says:

if that xing ji ro cuo mian is the first stall in blk 85. then it must be the one that shifted from the old chai chee market when that time the father was selling @ $1 per bowl. it was during the ’70s..its the best bcm I ever eaten. The next generation one is also nice, but somehow it lacks something. Maybe old memory is the best. And if it now replace the giao by meat balls. I wouldnt want to eat anymore. BCM only meatball is no longer BCM.

Posted September 5, 2010
bcm fan says:

BTW, another stall in bedok north blk 510 market also not bad. that is the only stall selling BCM.

Posted September 5, 2010
anthony says:

reply gillian> the one selling you char kuay in the morning is the bcm’s mother la. Then there’s also one male who help his mother sell char kuay is the bcm owner’s brother.
Then the bcm owner sells bcm at night.They have to utilize the stall cos of rent. Not because of no business or what. There are two different bosses in the night selling bcm at blk 85. One is from 530 to 1am. The other is from 1am to 4 am. Go to the firs tif you wanted authentic taste. Second one try at your own risk.
The rest seng hiang bcm are fakes. They are not up to standard so dun bother to visit.
Visit the first shift

Posted January 9, 2011
anthony says:

I want to eat noodles at $1. Please email me at no66ia@yahoo.com.sg if you knw where. I know I am an idiot.

Posted January 9, 2011
JJ Ng says:

Frankly I have stay there for 30 odd years. The first BCM is the one beside chwee Kway in the centre who sells morning only. Think his BCM is more traditional with dumpling. The rest a little over rated… Prefer the market when it wasn’t so crowded years back.. Even the porridge no queue then…

Posted March 2, 2011
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