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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Which is the best in Bedok? Part 8 of 8
By Alfred September 9, 2009
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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Which is the best in Bedok? Part 8 of 8
Fast Facts
The Bak Chor Mee Challenge
Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面)
Chinese Cuisine
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
8 to 8.9
Bedok (勿洛)
Food Centre:
Bedok North Blk 538 Food Centre
Recommended For:
Breakfast Lunch
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[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

I had initially planned for this Bak Chor Mee write-up to be a 8 parts series because I only know of 8 stalls(1 of which is out of Bedok) at first.

However I’ve been brought to the attention of another 3 stalls. 1 stall is also in Bedok while the other 2 stalls are out of Bedok. Therefore there will be an extension of 3 more posts and this 8 part series will be done with this post(which is the last stall in Bedok) and the other 3 stalls which is outside of Bedok will be resumed in another 3 parts series of an extension of Bak Chor Mee Challenge which will be titled “Which is the best Bedok’s Bak Chor Mee outside of Bedok?”

What surprised me in this Bak Chor Mee adventure so far is the fact that most of the stalls recognise each other as relatives but distance themselves from this Bak Chor Mee stall operating at Bedok Blk 538 market. If you’re thinking that some squabbles took place that caused all of them to stop having any relationship with the owner of this stall, then let me tell you that’s not the case.

It’s indeed true that the owner of the stall at Bedok Blk 538 has nothing to do with the Bak Chor Mee’s family. His Bak Chor Mee’s skills and recipes are self taught and he just happens to snap up a stall in one of the last markets in Bedok, without a Bak Chor Mee stall for a Bak Chor Mee business. As far I know, the other market in Bedok that has no Bak Chor Mee stall is at Blk 16, though I was told that not too long ago, there was also a stall there.

Dumplings with bak chor

Soon Heng Minced Pork Mee at Bedok Blk 538 market come across as something that is trying to fake off as one of those authentic Bak Chor Mee stall. Well if most of the other Bak Chor Mee stall owners were quick to say ” no no no ” when you asked whether the one at Blk 538 is related to their family, you can’t help but think this way. Furthermore when I was waiting for my noodles at this stall, the chatty aunty confessed to me ‘They all are related except us”. With that, I was half expecting my bowl of noodles to come in shocking taste and flavour. I was really expecting the worst. I mean some of the related ones are even bad, how good can this be right?

And coming from eating the shiokadodo outstanding ones at Bedok Blk 85, it made it even harder to believe there is a better Bak Chor Mee stall somewhere that has no relation to the original Bak Chor Mee family.


Bak chor mee

But you know what, my Bak Chor Mee came in style that almost left my jaw dropped. The sight of it was awesome. I’ve never seen so many bak chor(minced pork) on my Bak Chor Mee before. And the best part is this, the bak chor was not in a lump but really finely grinded and just spread on top of the noodles in the soup. It was outstanding in looks and the generous amount of chopped spring onions made it look like a bowl of Bak Chor Mee made for the King!

Ok the time has come for me to taste the bak chor and I took a spoonful of the bak chor together with some soup. Oh my goodness gracious, it smacks full of that giam her(salted fish) mix with ti poh(dried flat fish) taste! Marvellous! This is the kind of bak chor in a bowl of Bak Chor Mee that I was waiting for and at last I’ve found it! With that shiokadodo delicious flavour in the bak chor, it made the soup taste like the most ‘pang’ soup amongst all the Bak Chor Mees I’ve ate recently. The good thing is that it also had the right amount of sweetness in it so I didn’t really feel like drinking a salted fish soup. The noodles as usual had that QQness to behold.

What further made it more impressive is the fact that the dumplings are chock-full of that tik poh flavour in the fillings. It was huge, the skin wasn’t too thick too, by far the best I’ve eaten.

This is simply no horse run!

This Bak Chor Mee’s triumph was unexpected. The wonderful style it came with, was the precursor to this tremendous taste which has won my heart in ways that no other Bak Chor Mee had. This is the only bowl of Bak Chor Mee that came with 4 dumplings, and also they’re the biggest and the most delicious thus far.

I don’t know how does that sound for you but I’m in love with it!

This Bak Chor Mee has hit a new high for me. It demonstrated ultra full flavour from the soup to the minced pork to the dumplings. This is a great bowl of Bak Chor Mee producing ‘world class’ level of shiokness for me because the ingredients used were not giam siap(stingy)!

I’m wondering now how could this GREAT bowl of Bak Chor Mee ever be overtaken.

Price: $2.50

Recommendation: $3 version and ask for giaos version!

Conclusion: This is a perfect bowl of Bak Chor Mee for me. This is something like ‘big prawn noodles’. This is a ‘big minced pork cum big shiokadodo bak giaos’ Bak Chor Mee! The soup just also happens to be very shiok! The noodles went very well with all of it and the thing is it doesn’t really need a genius to produce something like this but yet the ecstasy it created for me by this ‘unrelated’ seller to the Bak Chor Mee’s family has beaten not only those ‘entry-level’ ones but superior ones at Bedok Blk 85 by many miles!

Likes: Terrific balance of flavour. Terrific bak chor. Terrific dumplings. Terrific soup. Everything is just terrific!

Dislikes: Soup no enough! They need to use a bigger bowl for it!

Next Up: 3 parts series of Bedok’s style of Bak Chor Mee OUTSIDE of Bedok!

Address Overall Rating

Soon Heng Minced Pork Noodles
Bedok North Blk 538 Food Centre
Blk 538 01-40A
Bedok North Street 3

530am to 12pm(or until sold out)
Off every Wed

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Readers' Comment(s) : 20
Sim says:

Looks very good. You making me hungry there.

Posted September 12, 2009
Derrick says:

This really look very good…

Posted September 14, 2009
Melissa says:

The pork look like medium rare…..

Posted September 14, 2009
Alfred says:

Nope, was ‘well done’

Posted September 15, 2009
J2Kfm says:

i’ve never tried any bak chor mee in S’pore.
but i’ll take note of this stall in particular, if ever I’m there.
usually ate in shopping complexes.

Posted October 28, 2009
Alfred says:

Try walk into a hawker centre next time, food is cheaper and better.

Posted October 28, 2009
lala says:

the store is 530 am to 12 Pm as in afternoon 12 PM??

Posted November 3, 2009
Alfred says:

Yup, strange I know but they do close at lunch time. Was there twice at around 12 and they were closing.

Posted November 3, 2009
lala says:

o .. thanks.. which means thy only sell early morning.. to afternoon. weird.. haha

Posted November 4, 2009
kyle says:

This bar chor mee is the Best in Bedok!
eating >10 yrs of 538 ba chor mee, I think this stall still maintain their standard.

simply the best!

Posted December 4, 2009
Alfred says:

Just visited them few days back. Their dumpling is really to die for! Shiok!

Posted December 24, 2009
Guan says:

Nice use of ‘no horse run’.

Posted February 3, 2010
tommy says:

I think this is the stall I ate at while growing up!

Posted April 6, 2010
bing says:

anyone knows where soon heng moved to? i heard 538 closed for renovation!

Posted April 10, 2010
Bob Chua says:

I went there this morning and block 538 is still under renovation. They have a temporary site nearby for the 538 wet market but I do not seem to see the Bak Chor Mee stall.

Posted May 27, 2010
henry says:

toa payoh lor 8 market,
there is a store call bedok bak chor mee,
look a bit the same from your pic,
a lot minced meat n dumpling is gd

Posted June 28, 2010
Jason says:

the store at lor 8 is operated by the younger brother of the boss of bedok 85 market’s Seng Hiang food stall….so if u go to bedok 85 market,go and try Seng hiang’s bcm….it’s equally tasty or even better than lor 8’s,the store next to seng hiang in bedok copyed seng hiang’s style of bcm,dun patronise that store cos they have bad service attitude and their bcm is not as tasty….

Posted July 9, 2010
Tiong says:

Closed for reno till end of year. Not moved.

Posted July 10, 2010
Tiong says:

538 will reopen on 01.01.2011

Posted November 14, 2010
Ron says:

This bak chor mee is the best of the best!

Posted July 6, 2012
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