You cannot miss Minced Pork Bros with its pop-art neon blue signboard and shiny digital menu at the front at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
They do the well-loved hawker food of Bak Chor Mee with some modern elements.
Some of the new Bak Chor Mee stalls helmed by young hawkers include No. 25 Minced Meat Noodles (Bukit Merah), Mr Meepok (West Coast), Gimee Face Noodle House (Hougang), SHIOK SHIOK Noodles (Ang Mo Kio), and JOFA Meepork (Tampines Street 81), and they all gained attention in various ways.
This is not the owners’ first stall. They also own Roast Paradise at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
Therefore, with that background, you have some assurance that they do hawker food well.
There are four items at Minced Pork Bros, the Classic Minced Pork Noodles ($3, $4), Seafood Minced Pork Noodles ($6), Teochew Modern Pork Noodles ($6), and Signature Mee Pok Tar with Superior Soup ($5.50).
Add ons such as Her Giao (fish dumpling), Dumpling, Prawn Paste, and Scallops are available at $1 each.
However, I suspect part of the reason for the long queue is that the menu may not be comprehensive enough, and that first time customers do not get a clear differentiation between the four bowls.
For example, the Classic Bak Chor Mee at $4 includes a dumpling and deep-fried fish stick, while the $3 doesn’t have (customers may assume $4 has more noodles or quantity ingredients?)
The more expensive Signature Mee Pok Tar does not include dumpling (strangely), even though the photo seems to show one.
Only the Seafood Minced Pork Noodle includes Her Giao, and you only know this through asking.
So the option of Bak Chor Mee with both the typical Dumpling and Her Giao is not available unless you do an add-on. Confused already?
Oh yah, all bowls come with only meepok option and not mee kia, kway teow or bee hoon. (They should probably call themselves “Mr Meepok” enough. lol.)
The bowl of Classic Bak Chor Mee ($3) is a classic rendition with minced pork, sliced pork collar, and homemade prawn paste.
Try the fusion Teochew Modern Pork Noodles which include canned abalone and half ramen egg alongside typical ingredients such as minced pork, meatball and deep-fried flounder fish.
The noodle portions seem to be on the smaller side, but I enjoyed the pork slices which was softer than usual – apparently they are massaged with eggs to give a silkier texture.
The Signature Mee Pok Tar ($5.50) comes with soup served separately and this seemed to be the favoured choice based on reviews.
I found the superior soup from the Signature Mee Pok Tar much richer, flavourful and tastier, than the accompany soup from the other choice – which came across much lighter.
When I first read about the reviews of Minced Pork Bros, I was initially puzzled due to some mixed reviews. Then I realised it probably boils down to which bowl the customer ordered.
With the various elements and combinations available, perhaps there would be 1 to 2 items that would require fine-tuning in each bowl. But the springy noodles tossed with the flavourful mix of sauces and crunchy pork-lard made it a worthwhile version to try out.
Overall, I reckon that the Signature Mee Pok Tar with Superior Soup would have the highest chance of pleasing most customers.
Minced Pork Bros
Old Airport Road Food Centre #01-113, 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
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