You probably seen many social media mentions of this Bak Chor Mee stall at Bukit Merah Central, known for their Minced Meat Noodles with tonkotsu-style broth.
I think plus the fact that they are quite social media savvy with interviews, frequently updates their page, and have new offerings from time to time to stay in the radar.
This stall is helmed by Chef Han and his fiancé Chelsea, who decided to quit and become hawkers.
They wanted to bring their one-of-a-kind Bak Chor Mee to the masses.
The stall used to operate during the daytimes (and usually sold out early), but has extended to dinner service from Thursdays to Saturdays.
And Punggol residents can now rejoice, as the stall has opened its 2nd branch at the brand-new One Punggol (also known as Punggol Town Hub) Hawker Centre later this year.
The hawker centre will include 34 stalls, and No. 25 Minced Meat Noodle is one of them.
While Chef Han previously worked in several restaurants (including Burger & Lobster), he decided to be a hawker to revive the culture in Singapore.
It is with this passion that they cooked their Signature Minced Meat Noodles ($7).
Yes, it is not the cheapest BCM around (and they ‘earned’ some complaints for that), but you can taste the smokiness of dried sole and the umami flavours of meat in the soup.
The bowl comes brimming with ingredients. You get the usual mix of minced meat, sliced pork, pork liver, along with fish dumpling.
The winning point is indeed in the soup, a chicken feet and pork-bone based broth that is cooked for over 8 hours resulting in something quite intense and rich – considered ’gao gao’.
There is a strong teepoh (deep-fried dry sole fish) taste within, so some customers may wonder about the bitterness.
They also sell minced meat noodles ($4, $5), soup and dry version and house-made fish dumplings ($4, $5).
The mee kia tossed in the special house-made sauce and chilli blend is pretty satisfying with the pork lard aroma.
Some customers may find it lacking in the vinegary punch, so you can take a little from the bottle at the stall to add to your preference.
However, do note that the $4 and $5 dry versions do not come with a side serving of soup (which again, some customers may not be in favour of).
I am typically not a kway teow person when it comes to Bak Chor Mee, but I found their version of “white kway teow” with strong fried garlic taste and chewy rice noodles quite an appetising take.
Chef Han’s culinary background shows, from the meticulous preparation of the flavourful soup and other ingredients.
This is not like your usual Best Bak Chor Mee, but I am glad the young hawkers are able to bring to the table something different, delicious and yet reflective of our local culture.
(I won’t be too surprised if a Michelin Bib Gourmand would come their way next year. Shall see.)
No. 25 Minced Meat Noodle – Bt Merah Central
Bukit Merah Central, Block 161 #01-3749 Singapore 150161
Opening Hours: 10am – 2pm (Mon – Wed), 10am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 7:30pm (Thurs – Sat), Closed Sun
No. 25 Minced Meat Noodle – One Punggol
One Punggol Hawker Centre #02-28, 1 Punggol Drive, Singapore 828629
Opening Hours: 9am – 8:30pm (Tues), 11:30am – 8:30pm (Wed – Thurs), 8:30am – 8:30pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Mon
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