Queues got even longer after they first had the star, and customers have to be in lines anything from an hour and beyond.
However, when I re-visited recently (during 2021), the line was very much more manageable.
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Little did we expect to see it receiving one star, putting the humble coffeeshop stall in the same ranks as many fancy 1-star Michelin restaurants around the world. (The other hawker stall is Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle at Chinatown Food Complex.)
This also makes Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles one of the cheapest Michelin meal you can get at $6 (about USD4.40), increased from the previous SGD5.
Owner Mr Tang Chay Seng was himself very surprised, and said he didn’t think that ang moh Michelin inspectors would know how to eat hawker food, and didn’t ever think he could get a star.
The stall was also ranked Number 1 in the Top 50 World Street Food Masters list in 2017.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles is commonly known as the best Teochew style Bak Chor Mee aka minced pork noodles in Singapore.
It was originally situated at Hill Street in 1932, and is currently located at Crawford Lane (Lavender), with no other branches or franchises.
The last few times I went to queue before the stall won the Michelin Star the wait was between 20 to 45 minutes or so. It was worth it, but I probably won’t do this very often.
After the converted star, tourists have also descended to queue in the blazing heat, which can be about an hour to 1.5 hours on average.
Most customers I saw would go for the $10 bowl. Though I think the cheapest version of $6 is not that far off in terms of amount of ingredients.
You get more meat, balls and a bigger bowl of soup though.
Here’s the ‘magic’: Al dente springy noodles tossed in a savoury vinegary sauce, filled with tender pork and liver slices, minced pork, dumplings, and a sprinkling of fried sole fish.
The entire combination was full of ‘oomph’, firm bite of the noodles, the sauce robust with a mixture of tastes all in one bite. The pork and liver happened to be tender, cooked just right.
However, I did feel that Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles used to taste better in the past. The noodles were more springy with a better bite, and combination of sauces somehow more balanced.
Most Singaporeans are happy that their favourite local hawker stall is recognised by a prestigious food award, yet wishing that the queues aren’t that long.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles 大华猪肉粿条面
466 Crawford Lane, Tai Hwa Eating House #01-12 Singapore 190465 (Lavender MRT)
(Behind Immigration and Checkpoint Authority Building)
Tel: +65 6292 7477
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 9:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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