It is not that easy to find Hokkien Mee fried on charcoal fire anymore.
Located at an inconspicuous coffeeshop at Geylang Lor 29, there is always a moderately long queue here, with fans waiting patiently in the heat for a plate of delicious Hokking Mee. (Also read: 20 GEYLANG Restaurants & Cafes)
Note: The owner Hock Siong has a brother (Alex) with a stall called Geylang Lor 29 Hokkien Mee located at East Coast. While they are from the same family, there are differences between the two versions.
Family differences aside, Hock Siong was trained by the guru, his father himself.
Note that photos or videos are not allowed of the cooking (the hawker repeated to a few customers quite clearly), though you can take a photo of the stall-front and food.
Some people may be concerned about this coffeeshop environment as it can get slightly hot and crowded.
A plate now starts at $6, but most people go for the $8 or $10 options – for a plate with that edgy, smoky taste due to the use of the charcoal.
I would say it terms of flavours and texture, this was quite balanced overall – in between dry and wet.
It was fried till soft and flavourful with lard fragrance, and you get that seafood stock sweetness every mouthful.
Plus, the prawns (four given for the $8 plate) were moderately plump and fresh-tasting, and considered one of the highlights.
However, the portion overall is considered little. A few mouthfuls and you would be done with eating.
One thing to note: There is no rice vermicelli used, just the semi-thick yellow noodles which gives it a slight sticky, sweet texture.
Some people may feel that there is a stronger alkaline taste therefore.
During a repeat visit, and surprisingly, I felt that the wok-hei was kind of lacking, without the “oomph” and there were parts in which the eggs clumped together. Perhaps uncle not in the best of moods that day.
However, this is one plate of Hokkien Mee with flavourful stock I won’t mind having again, if there is no long queue.
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
5 Lor 29 Geylang, Singapore 388060
Tel: +65 9817 5652
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Thurs – Tues), Closed Wed
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