Monday, December 11, 2006

Who says must follow queue one HAR?



There are quite a few famous bak chor mee stalls around this island and because good bak chor mee is so scarce, usually these stalls have their own "fan clubs" and you most probably would have to wait half a day for a bowl of bak chor mee. Well, not that I'm complaining because I'd shut my mouth and line up myself.



However, it's suprisingly pleasant to find a good bak chor mee stall nestled in the heartlands without much of a queue. Come to think about it, you'd probably give it a miss if you were to pass it by. Well, that's because there's a stall besides it which uses more fancy bowls and utensils (which has people queueing up for, I don't know why) and another MORE famous bak chor mee stall just behind it (which has MORE people queueing up for, but I don't think it's all that nice).



There isn't any distinctive or spectacular taste in this bak chor mee, however, what you get is a good bowl of noodles with very good sauce accompanying it (Qin thinks that it's fantastic). The amount of oil, black sauce and vinegar is just nice without too much of a zesty flavour and the noodles are cooked just nice too. If you do try it though, ask him to cook the ter kwa (pork liver) a little longer because it turned out undercooked (for me) both times.

The soup is also not your usual bak chor mee soup which is cooked with pork and has a porky taste. The soup here is suan chai tang (preserved vegetables soup) and provides a pleasant twist to the conventional dish. Besides, he takes the effort to add in tau ghey (beansprouts), cut chillies and spring onions to the soup to provide some healthy crunch.



Just over at the opposite lane is another underrated stall selling po piah. The poh piah is well made, very juicy yet able to hold it's pieces together. What you get for $1.20 is also a fairly above-average sized poh piah with a very good and distinguishable garlic taste. It may not be unique or special but it IS a good poh piah which is getting harder to find.



Kovan food centre has alot of good stalls, but consider giving this two stalls a try and you just may have another must-eat addition on your foodie list.

Address:

Bak chor mee:
Kovan food centre
Rui Fa Shu Shi
#01-34

Poh piah:
Kovan food centre
#01-16
ps: Ask for more garlic for that extra kick!

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

hmm.. u're missing out something very nice.. Hokkien mee at Kovan.. it's located at the upper food centre, where very few food stalls open.. the whole food centre faces the old interchange.. there's also another wanton mee stall down this hokkien mee stall that is drawing queues also. Check it out!

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Yo dello! Ok, issit a hokkien mee stall by itself or a tze char stall? Btw the wanton mee issit the 51 egg noodles I blogged about?

Anonymous said...

Dude, you better eat your fill in Singapore hey. You're going to miss this sort of eating SO much when you're in Perth. Sure, there's Spencer Village, Taurus etc.. but it just isn't the same you know?

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Aye aye, I know man I know. The one thing I'm gonna miss Sg for is the food man. Trust me I've tried the "asian" food in Perth and... don't talk about it.

But they have pretty good dim sum!

But it just ain't the same isn't it?

Angie said...

YD, you're going to Perth? For studies? *boy am I out of touch or something?*

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Heyo angie! haha... I'll be migrating to Perth... actually my whole family is there already but I'm just held back by NS so I'll be joining them next year.. So well, gonna miss the good food here!

tigerfish said...

I'm sure you will miss all the good food. The bar chor mee seems really good (got lotsa vinegar ya?) I usually eat the Chai Chee bar chor mee (black vinegar added) and Siglap mee pok(no vinegar). I miss bar chor mee in the U.S so I cook some myself

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hello tigerfish! The chai chee bak chor mee seems to deteoriorate alot. Most probably because they have alot of branches now and the standard is just now there anymore :(

tigerfish said...

Yup, they have too many branches leow! And no QC check on all branches to make sure same consistency!

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