This stall at Whampoa Food Centre is testament that a good stall name can keep people curious and customers coming.
So, is this REALLY the “BEST Lu Mian In Town”?
When I went back to the food centre recently, I noted that the prominent signboard which stated “Best Lu Mian In Town” was switched to a more generic-sounding Amoy St Lor Mee – serving you since 1959.
The stall was previously located at Amoy Street Food Centre in the 90s, but was selling fish soup.
As for the Lor Mee recipe, it originated from the hawker’s father who used to sell behind Jit Poh Building (Keppel Road) during the 60s.
The stall only serves Lor Mee in $3 and $4 serving bowls, with the $4 portion coming with extra fish. While there is no braised egg added, you can request for a lava egg if it available.
The queue is generally quite long, and can take about half an hour on average to get your food.
There are four “heavenly kings” when it comes to the key ingredients of their Lor Mee – batang fish, fried fish, pork belly and prawn roll (hae zhor).
You can customize your bowl with the noodles of your choice, and addition of garlic, chili and vinegar to your taste.
One thing to note is the sauce, even the chilli sauce, is prepared by hand by the owner’s wife and not by machinery.
So is this the best LOR MEE in town?
First things first, I find that while many Lor Mee look and almost taste similar, the key factor in its gravy and Singaporeans can have quite varied expectations.
Some like theirs really vinegary, while others prefer other components to shine through.
While I don’t really think so that this is the best you can get (opps), largely because the gravy could be less thick-starchy and more flavourful, the other components worked well.
Some first-time customers may find the base on the blander side.
The best thing is to really ‘customise’ your bowl with the chilli, garlic and vinegar, which you may find too late if you dabao back.
You would notice the gravy won’t turn that diluted after a while (ie become watery), because the stall does not incorporate the typically-used corn starch.
Serving size was considered generous, while I enjoyed the braised pork slices which came in large pieces, tender and delicious.
With that said, there is another popular Lu Mian stall in the same food centre, called “Yuan Zi Wei” which you can give a try too.
Amoy St Lor Mee 厦门街卤面
91 Whampoa Drive, #01-19, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Mon – Sun)
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