So where can you find the best bak chor mee?
For popular stalls, the wait can be one hour or more. Here are 2 popular stalls.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
Blk 466, Crawford Lane, #01-12, Tai Hwa Eating House, Singapore
Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays.
|Sun Kee dried mermaid fish|
Blk 453, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
#01-11 Chong Boon Food Centre
Closed on Mondays and Fridays.
I will now highlight what is so distinctive about this dish that make it so popular. The ingredients must be fresh but it is the seasoning or sauce that distinguish one stall from another.
This is pork fat fried till crispy. The oil makes the noodles very smooth and the crispy lard adds crunch and flavour. Skip this if you are health conscious.
Crispy shallots and oil add another layer of flavour.
Chilli paste (click to see my chilli paste)
Sometimes it is the chilli paste that distinguish one bak chor mee stall from another. My chilli paste is multi purpose. The chilli paste does not have dried shrimps or shrimp paste. The dried shrimp paste or dried shrimps do add taste and flavour.
Not every stall will give stewed mushrooms in oyster sauce but Chia Keng does. The stewed mushrooms and oyster sauce do add taste.
Crispy fish (click to read about crispy fish)
|chinese lettuce or pang chye|
Now to make my own bak chor mee:
Ingredients for the seasoning or sauce (for 1 serving):
1 teaspoon of crispy lard and oil (I skip)
1 teaspoon of crispy shallot and oil
2 tablespoons of chilli paste ( or less if you do not like chilli)
1 tablespoon of black vinegar (it is slightly sweet and sour)
1 teaspoon of fish sauce (or light soy), fish sauce has stronger flavour
Other ingredients(1 serving)
100 grams of mee pok (flat wheat noodles)
2 tbs of mince pork (about 30 grams)
A few pieces of lean pork
A few slices of fishcake
2 stewed shitake mushrooms (if you have), sliced
Fresh fishballs ( say 3 for each person)
1 leaf of Chinese lettuce (I did not have, I use xiao bai chye instead)
3 pieces of crispy mermaid fish
Step 1.. in a serving bowl, put all the seasoning sauce and mix them well
Step 2 .. boil a pot of water
Blanch the mince pork, lean pork, fishcake and fishball
Place them in the serving bowl
blanch the mee pok for about 2 minutes and place them in the serving bowl.
Mix well and garnish with Chinese lettuce and crispy fish.
Voila, you have the best bak chor mee.
Get some tips from this 3 minute video on how to make your own bak chor mee
Enjoy this 5 minute video. Ah Guan Mee Pok Tah has scallops and crayfish.
A nice video on how to make bak chor mee for the whole village.