Satay bee hoon is one of those fast-disappearing dishes in Singapore, and I won’t be surprised if some of the millennials have yet to even try it before.
The local hawker dish is said (accordingly to Wikipedia) to be invented by the Teochew people who immigrated to Singapore … one of those foods that is proudly created here that nobody is taking claims of its origins yet.
This is essentially hot satay sauce poured on bee hoon (vermicelli), added with ingredients such as pork slices, prawns, cockles, cuttlefish and kang kong.
Its appearance might not be enticing and looks can hardly be recongised as “instagrammable”, but this is one of those dishes you should get your hands on.
Some of the stalls you can get your fix include Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon at Bukit Timah Food Centre, and Bak Kee Teochew Satay Beehoon at 85 Redhill Food Centre.
Shi Wei Da 食为大 located at Fengshan Market and Food Centre – better known as “Bedok 85” (famed for Soup Bak Chor Mee), was recently awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in Singapore.
This stall serves up Teochew Porridge in the daytime, and the famed Satay Beehoon from 5pm till midnight.
Price is very affordable, at $3 and $4, so it is not difficult finding a long line here even before the stall opens.
A one-man-show operation, be prepared to wait even if the queue is not that long.
Owner Mr Ng Kim Song prepares his sauce from scratch, including the roasting of peanuts and removal of the skin. No pre-mixes.
He then pours that thick, luscious peanut gravy over thin vermicelli and ingredients of pork, pork liver, tau pok and kang kong.
I actually liked it that there was no cuttlefish to be found because not every stall prepares this ingredient well, and its chewiness seemed to be out of sync with the rest of the dish.
This was one of the best Satay Beehoon sauces I had, which was rich, unique and tasty – with layered flavours of savoury, sweet and only a tinge of spiciness.
The pork slices and liver were tender and almost melted in the mouth, especially shiok when mixed with the hot sauce.
Satay Beehoon may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this is a pretty-good version to be found in the east of Singapore.
Shi Wei Da 食为大
Fengshan Market and Food Centre, 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-41, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 5pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
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