This is my second time to Tom’s Citizoom Mee Pok Tar, and I was caught a little by surprised when Tom remembered who I was “Yes Daniel, what’s your order? How many hawkers remember their customer’s name after two visits?
Tom is a 28-young old ‘Ah Boy” (he still looks like he is 22) who is the owner cum cook of the stall, even though he has a polytechnic diploma. This is quite unusual as the younger Singaporeans do not want to be hawkers, seen as a ‘lower-class’ job.
And if you think only the older uncles can cook up an excellent bowl of mee pok, you are quite wrong. Tom does a very good job for his age and experience.
I had my usual order – a simple yet awesome bowl of Fish Chor Mee. You would have thought “fish chor mee” could be just an inventive way of repacking the same old stuff, but this was one delicious bowl priced at only $2.50.
The springy mee pok which took Tom 4 years to perfect his recipe, was with mouth-watering slices of fishcake. The juicy handmade fishcake and fishballs are supplied by Tom’s uncle, whose who is called Citizoom (therefore the name). The fishcake is only cut into slices just before serving, retaining its moisture within.
While there is no minced pork, the bowl is topped with crispy fish flakes which add an additional bite to the noodles.
If only there are more Toms around – young educated hawkers who can cook up a storm, yet being able to retain some of the most traditional tastes. Will you be such a hawker?
Tom’s Citizoom Mee Pok Tar
Blk 57 Lengkok Bahru, #01-04 Singapore 151057 (10 minute walk from Redhill MRT), Tel:+65 9742 0865
Opening hours: Mon-Sun 8:30am-3:00pm (Closed alternate Sun and PH)