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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Wrap-Up
By Alfred September 14, 2009
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The Bak Chor Mee Challenge: Wrap-Up

The Bak Chor Mee Challenge

To look for the best Bedok style Bak Chor Mee is the objective of this challenge.

This challenge, initially planned for an 8 parts series(for 8 Bak Chor Mee stalls) was extended with an additional of 4 more parts because of my discovery of 4 more stalls. The focus of this challenge is to compare the noodles(mee), soup, dumpings(bak giao) and the minced pork(bak chor), which are all essentials that can make or break a bowl of Bak Chor Mee.

The author had personally visited every stalls and tasted all of the Bak Chor Mees and his opinion is reflected in all the individual reviews and computed in ‘The Bak Chor Mee Challenge Data Table’ below.

Details of this analysis are computed and the importance of this challenge is also concluded.

Why this challenge?

Bedok style Bak Chor Mee has been around for almost 100 years but yet, it has not ventured further than Bedok. And it’s popularity is true as far residence of Bedok is concerned. You can eat food like Katong Laksa or Fei Fei Wanton Mee in many places nowadays but yet if you want to eat this style of Bak Chor Mee, you still have to travel to Bedok. If you are living in the western part of Singapore, coming all the way here to the east, wouldn’t you want to go to the Bak Chor Mee stall that will best suits your taste? Of course we know which is the original Bak Chor Mee stall but does being original means it’ll always be the best? Not when taste is all about subjectivity, agree?

Therefore this challenge will show you, the strength and weakness of Bak Chor Mee in every stalls and hopefully it can guide you to decide where to eat your Bak Chor Mee if ever the day comes when you find the need to come all the way to Bedok to have a bowl.

The Bak Chor Mee Challenge Data Table

Part
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
Stall Name
58 Minced Meat Mee
Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian
Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian
Seng Hiang Food Stall
Ah Poh Meat Noodles
Tian Nan Xing Rou Cuo Mian
Chai Chee Minced Meat Noodles
Soon Heng Minced Pork Noodles
Lao Chai Shi Rou Ruo Mian
Cai Shi Rou Cuo Mian
An An Rou Cuo Mian
You Nuo Shi Rou Cuo Mian
Location
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Bedok
Tampines
Tampines
Eunos
Blk
58
58
85
85
85
511
216
538
18
478
823
7
Open For
Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Supper
Dinner
Supper
Dinner
Supper
All
Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Breakfast
Lunch
Closed
Mon
Wed
N/A
N/A
N/A
Wed
Wed
Wed
Thurs
Thurs
Irregular
Wed
Soup
8
7.5
8.5
8.5
6
5
6
8
7
7.5
7
7
Mee
7
6.5
8
7.5
7
8
7
8
7
8
7.5
6.5
BaK Chor
7
7.5
8.5
8.5
7
7
5
9
8
7.5
7.5
8
Giao
8
7.5
N/A
N/A
N/A
7
6
8.5
8
8
8
8
Value
7.5
7.5
7.5
7.5
7
7.5
7
8
7.5
8
8
8
Overall
7.5
7.3
8.0
7.8
6.8
7.5
6.3
8.3
7.5
7.8
7.5
7.5

Conclusion

It is clear that dumplings aka bak giao is an integral part of the Bak Chor Mee but yet 3 stalls(which also happen to be the more popular ones) have stopped serving it. But with that, they still manage to pull the crowd, therefore it’s obvious that they are scoring points in other areas. For me, it’s all to do with a masterstroke of balance in the overall taste.

Bak Chor Mee in a particular market seems to have different taste from another market. At Blk 85, the taste seems to have a hint of sweetness while at Blk 58, it’s that tad saltier while those stalls outside of those 2 markets seem to have soup that’s more bland though pretty pleasant too.

All the stalls are serving breakfast and lunch except those stalls at Blk 85 which are serving the evening to midnight crowd. For some reasons, most of the stalls prefer to have their off days on a Wednesday or Thursday, so if you’re visiting, it’s wise to avoid the midweek.

Surprisingly, the only stall that has no relation to the Bak Chor Mee family stood out for me. At Soon Heng Minced Pork Noodles, the ingredients have a lot of flavour and are generously used. Coupled with the right balance in the overall taste, it scored the highest overall points.

The popular one is of course Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian which is famously known as the original stall though Seng Hiang Food Stall beside it can steal some business too. Ah Poh Meat Noodles in the same market seems to be picking up the odd customer only. It is located too deep in the market to be noticed I suppose though the taste of my bowl of Bak Chor Mee from them did suffered an identity crisis too.

The only one that I really dread going to is Tian Nan Xing Rou Cuo Mian at Bedok Blk 511. It’s not that they are bad, it’s just that their soup have a strong ikan bilis taste which is not exactly my favourite flavour. It can definitely do well for people who has an ikan bilis fetish.

3 stalls are operating outside of Bedok. An An Ruo Cuo Mian & Cai Shi Rou Cuo Mian in Tampines while You Nuo Shi Rou Cuo Mian is at Eunos. Not the best but good enough for a fix.

So there you have it everyone, if you are in Bedok area and care about eating the best Bak Chor Mee, then go to Soon Heng Minced Pork Noodles. They are head and shoulders above the rest and it was almost flawless for me. But they’re only open up to lunch. For evening and supper, Bedok Blk 85 is still the place to go and the original stall, Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian is recommended though the queue is long. If you care about shorter wait time, then go to Seng Hiang Food Stall, the difference is quite negligible and if there are any, is worthily offsetted by the time saved.

Some Quick Facts

  • Most the stalls outside of Blk 58 and Blk 85 have similar taste. It does look like they all graduated from the same Bak Chor Mee ‘academy’!
  • Only 2 stalls are doing business in the day time and night time. Chai Chee Minced Meat Noodles & Tian Nan Xing Rou Cuo Mian.
  • Bedok Blk 16 is the only market in Bedok that has no Bak Chor Mee stall.
  • The stall nearest for those coming from the west is You Nuo Shi Rou Cuo Mian in Eunos.
  • This Bedok style Bak Chor Mee has lived 4 generations!
  • All the stall owners are related to each other except Soon Heng Minced Pork Noodles .
  • You still can have $2 Bak Chor Mee at Bedok Blk 58.
  • Most morning’s Bak Chor Mee stalls open at 5am to 6am, this look like another thing passed down by the inventor!
  • All of the Bak Chor Mee stalls have dried version except those at Blk 85 and Blk 58.
  • 2 Bak Chor Mee owners advised me not to order their dry version(probably because they know that it’s not that fantastic!).
  • If you want to eat the biggest giao, Soon Heng Minced Pork Noodles is the one to go.
  • If you want to eat noodles that ISN’T that ‘al dente’, 58 Minced Meat Mee is the stall to go.
  • Li Fa Rou Cuo Mian is the disciple of 58 Minced Meat Mee.
  • Only at Blk 58 and Blk 511 you get a bowl of cut chilli and fish sauce on your table.
  • Only at Blk 85 you get cut chilli IN your bowl of Bak Chor Mee.
  • Lesser than 1% of the customers order the dry version at Seng Hiang Food Stall.
  • Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian had the longest waiting time, which was around 20 mins for me.
  • Lao Cai Shi Rou Cuo Mian is the only stall that also sells other kind of noodles(for eg, fish ball noodles, lor mee etc etc.).
  • Cai Shi Rou Cuo Mian is the only stall I would risk ordering it dry.
  • The Bak Chor Mee Challenge Series

    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)


    Readers' Comment(s) : 16
    Derrick says:

    Thanks for the comprehensive writeup!

    Posted September 14, 2009
    Gary says:

    There is one in Kembangan area.

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Alfred says:

    Where in Kembangan?

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Jasmine Tan says:

    Thanks for the wonderful review of 12 stalls! I will make my run to Soon Heng Minced Pork noodle one of these days!

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Darren says:

    There is one at upper changi road call Seng Kee..opposite the famous YTF

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Foo says:

    The 3 stalls that don open in day time also don have dumplings, they are also the most popular, haha

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Cindy says:

    I like Ah poh noodles. Their soup is better.

    Posted September 15, 2009
    ahzhou says:

    You forgot to include the stall at Bedok interchange.

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Alfred says:

    I didnt know theres a stall there? You eaten there before?

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Alfred says:

    Yeah some people like it, i find it a little salty

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Alfred says:

    That one is TEO CHEW style.

    Posted September 15, 2009
    Alfred says:

    If you have 2 person, remember to order one bowl of BAK GIAO!

    Posted September 15, 2009
    somuffins says:

    Hi there .. This is my 1st visit here. Great report there!

    Posted September 16, 2009
    Lian Keat says:

    Lol….good report!! But xing ji is not the original,seng hiang is the original one,your sources are wrong……and seng hiang has Giao btw….xing ji has a bad Service attitude

    Posted March 24, 2010
    Agnes says:

    you need to review your outrageous ratings and facts. most of your facts are not true.

    Posted June 11, 2010
    y says:

    ‘Outrageous’ is a personal opinion and this is Alfred’s blog afterall.

    Thanks for the compilation!

    cheers

    Posted May 5, 2011
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