Bak Chor Mee is one of the favourite local hawker food in Singapore, and you can see more modern versions in stalls started by young hawkepreneurs.
Mr Meepok (West Coast), Minced Pork Bros (Old Airport Road Food Centre), SHIOK SHIOK Noodles (Ang Mo Kio), and JOFA Meepork (Tampines Street 81) are just some of them.
The minced pork noodles focused Mr Meepok can be found at Clementi S11 Kopitiam, a short walk away from 726 West Coast Food Centre.
There is another outlet at Amoy Street Food Centre.
Mr Meepok was started by three energetic millennials who have previously opened other food ventures – the most notable one was Kinobe at Amoy Street Food Centre.
They decided to bring Japanese inspired Bak Chok Mee to the heartlands with some creative thinking.
The queue was quite manageable when I visited during the weekends, also because there were 4 people within the stall who worked fast.
On the menu are Signature Minced Meat Noodle ($4.80), Daily Noodle ($6), Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle ($3.80), Handmade Fishball Noodle ($3.20) and Laksa ($4).
Over here, you can get Bak Chok Mee topped with minced pork, braised mushrooms, meatballs, onsen egg and mock abalone slices in the Signature Minced Meat Noodle ($4.80).
This was a decent not-bad bowl to have if you are in the vicinity. If you are looking for a more vinegary ‘traditional’ taste, this departs slightly – which I think partly is due to the addition of the onsen egg.
While it added more slipperiness that makes it easier to toss the noodles, the overall taste mighty be missing of that distinct vinegary spike and layered flavours.
If you prefer a pared-down version, you can choose the ‘normal’ bowl at $3.80.
Their Japanese twist is that their noodles come top with spicy minced meat, and cooked in a maze-soba style. (Maze-soba is a popular soupless version of noodles that are cooked with an umami soy-based tare.)
This is recommended to be paired with ramen noodles (which is why I somehow ended up not ordering meepork even though the stall is called Mr Meepok.)
The name is called “Daily Noodles”, with recipe passed from a hawker-friend who helmed 日常麵舖 Daily Noodles at Amoy Street Food Centre.
Their Nagoya-style Dry Ramen is sold at an inexpensive $6.00, containing springy noodles, toppings of minced meat, fried shallots and runny egg. The slices of pork belly added that touch of smoky flavour.
I enjoyed this bowl especially for its price, though think some local customers who come expecting Bak Chor Mee and ordered this would be in for a surprise.
Ultimately, the components and flavours were more Mazesoba than BCM, though it was not clearly indicated in the menu.
The location is quite out of the way, but if you like fusion local food, it can be worth a visit to this place.
Mr Meepok – Clementi
727 Clementi West Street 2, #01-294, Singapore 120727
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm, 5pm – 9:45pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 3pm (Sat – Sun)
Mr Meepok – Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #02-126, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
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