Whenever I come to the west I totally dunno what to eat. So I dropped some one near Redhill recently and I was intro to the famous Fried Hokkien Mee. So I turned into ABC Brickworks Food Centre and check it out.
Little did I gel the pieces together that actually my other friends have been telling me about this place. So when I was there, I met an old Uncle and Aunty. Uncle is actually being featured in Tiger Beer’s recent uncagestreetfood commercials! He started helping at his mother’s fishball noodle stall when he was in his teens and have been in this hawker business for more than 50 years! Truly a Legendary Hawker!
Visited twice already since. First time I ordered the medium plate, not enough… So second trip I ordered the $6 portion which was flooded with ingredients and bigger prawns! I truly love uncle’s version which soaks up all the eggy sauce and gives a nice slime coating on the noodles. Taste wise is exactly what I ate when I was young. Almost similar to Old Simon Road’s but this stall’s sambal chilli and crispy lard dressing adds on to the overall great eating experience. Yums!
$4, $5 or $6
5-20mins depending on your luck.
#01-100 ABC Brickworks Food Centre Hours:
Daily 9am to 9pm (Closed on Tuesdays) Avoid afternoon time cos Uncle needs to rest.
After my Beef Kway Teow indulgence, I went on walking westwards venturing the whole stretch of shops and eateries towards Crawford Lane area. Saw a lot of old neighborhood shops and chanced upon an old coffeeshop Heap Seng Leong. In there, there’s only one Ah Huay Hokkien Mee stall managed by an old lady. I didn’t know what to expect but went ahead to order a plate from the old granny.
Taste: Not fantastically good but you can feel old granny frying the plate of goodness from her heart like frying for her grandchildren. Very homely taste. Ingredients are cut in the spot too! Go support old granny if you’re around that area!
Portion: For $3 this is a big plate!
Service: Old granny is little slow so please be patient. You have to tell her what you want. She can whip up Hokkien Mee, Fried Kway Teow, noodles soups, etc. Converse with her in dialects will be ideal. I spoke in teochew and she speaks pretty well too.
Ambience: Old and everything seems to be on standstill here. Interesting marble top tables, poor lighting.
Price: $3.00 only. Damn worth it.
RTE: I wanna return on my next Food Trail Tuesday to try her char kway teow! 🙂
Location: Block 10 North Bridge Road. Hours: Mornings till late afternoon I believe.
As I mentioned earlier, I was on a Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee roll and I’ve always wanted to pay this place a visit. Kim’s Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee is one of the 3 pioneers for fried hokkien prawn mee in Singapore. Established in 1965, writing on this place cannot be more apt for SG50!
So before I visited Kim’s, I actually heard a lot about what happened to the food quality, what happened to Mr Tan’s life and stuff. I didn’t really want to know what happened, but what I saw was the 68 year old getting his hands dirty again and frying the noodles himself… yes, he is still in his long sleeves but I didn’t notice any bling Rolex. It seemed to me that he is trying his very best to get back the original flavour and quality. I was there on 2 separate nights and both nights Mr Tan was there to cook personally. Enough said, pictures.
Taste: On the first night, I ordered the $8 portion. Loads of ingredients, good nevertheless. I went back on another night to try again if there was consistency, taste was similar if not better. However the broth could be a little richer. Ingredients was substantial for the $5 portion. Love the pork lard on the sides but would prefer it more crispy. Chilli belachan was good but would be nicer if it was spicier. Their famous Oyster Omelette was really good, a must-order!
Portion: Good. Quite a bit of ingredients.
Ambience: Coffee shop style.
Price: Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Location: 62B Jalan Eunos, Singapore 419510. Tel : 6747 8766. Operating Hours : 11am – 1am
Overall review: If you googled on this place, many bad reviews on how bad the noodles are can be seen everywhere. I believe if more people patronize Mr Tan, he may get back the original standards. But that being said, I still see regulars swinging by at 11pm to 12+am to indulge in his Hokkien Mee. So you be the judge. 😉
I was on a Hokkien Mee spree recently and was so glad to have found this old stall which I grew up with. Originally located at the corner coffeeshop along Upper Serangoon Road & Simon Road, my grandma personally even knows the founder of this Hokkien Mee stall who is the grand master of this current stall. He has a nickname of “Half Squat Stand” as he fries the noodles in a charcoal stove slightly elevated from the ground while sitting on a wooden stool and he was half squatting all the time. He only sits down when he’s braising the noodles or tired. 🙂
After handing down the stall to the father of the current stall owner, the business continued to flourish. Not just because of the fact they were using charcoal to fry, but also because of the overall balance it gives to the taste. Not to mention their chilli that goes with your plate of awesomeness.
The stall has since moved to the address below, the current stall at Simon Road was their ex-worker (obviously no franchise/permission) who apparently lacks the skills to deliver that awesome plate of Fried Hokkien Mee. I tried it on one occasion and it was so bad that I didn’t write about it. But chilli was good, I suspect they got from same supplier.
Anyways if you’re around Hougang Central area (old interchange), go check out this plate of tradition.
Taste: Seriously the taste hasn’t changed much from my childhood days minus the charcoal wok hei of course. But I’m a little confused by the use of 2 types of chilli but I reckon they are catering to peeps with different palates.
Portion: Portion is good with loads of squid and prawns below the plate.
Ambience: Traditional coffee shop.
Service: Very good. Approachable.
Price: $5 for my plate.
Location: 210 Hougang St 21. Opening hours: Tues to Sun, 12pm to 10.30pm.
Heard about this stall for the longest time but never had the chance to visit till recent. Managed to find the place in one corner of a coffeeshop. Many people recommended this stall and touted as one of the best Fried Hokkien Mee in Singapore, See pics below:
Taste: Tasted really good cos of the broth of seafood in it with clams. My only complain is the cooking time was a little too fast, ‘cos traditionally, the noodles have to be braised and covered in the wok for around 5-8mins to let the noodles soak up all the broth. Otherwise, the noodles was good.
Was at Old Kallang Airport Food Center recently and managed to try this stall’s fried hokkien mee. It has been around since 1963 but the name don’t sound too familiar to me even though I’ve been living in Hougang for like decades! The wait during lunch time is around 15-20mins, check out the pics below:
Taste: Yummy and the fact that they used the fine beehoon, it absorbs the broth more and it’s more flavourful with every spoonful!
Service: They will send to your table. Quite rare at this food center ‘cos most of them have adopted the self-service culture.
Ambience: The stall is near the toilets. So it’s good to sit further away. Stenchy…
Price: $5 per plate.
Location: Old Kallang Airport Food Center #01-32. Near the toilet, you can’t miss it. 🙂
Seriously never been to this hawker center before in Toa Payoh. So I was wandering around to look for what is good, came across this stall.
You see the year they were founded, means the noodles must be of some standard. So I ordered a plate which costed me $5.00 and had to pay up first according to their SOP. When ordering I was told by the young man that I might have to wait for half an hour. So I said, nevermind, I’ll wait. Told him my table number and shortly, this came.
Really nice and spicy，with bits of dried shrimps inside. Pity they gave quite little. Come on, I ordered $5.00 portion leh, don’t you know I love chilli?!? Anyways I continued waiting… and true enough, around 25mins later, this came.
Ok the portion is not very big, that explains why the sambal so little… haha… but I can tell the taste should be quite good from the milkiness of the broth below. Inside there were some pork belly, 3 prawns, bean sprouts and eggs. Yummy!
Wallop the noodles in less than 10mins and I must say, it was worth the wait. Next time I’ll order $6… 😛
Taste: Very nice and rich with wok hei taste inside.
Portion: Below average.
Service: Not rude at all even though they are popular. Served to table as long as you’re willing to wait!
Ambience: Hawker center on the second floor. Pretty airy.
RTE: Yes if around that area!
Location: 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127. Above the wet market. Opening hours: 9.30am to 6pm. Close on Mondays. Hmmm… Come Daily? How?