Talk about one of the most popular (long-queue) and yet under-rated stall at Ghim Moh Food Centre, and one of the names would be Old Teochew 老潮州 Mee Siam and Satay Bee Hoon.
The stall opens at 7am, and is usually completely sold out by afternoon. The wait is usually about 20 to 30 minutes for me.
For friends in the East of Singapore, the stall has opened another at Blk 829 Tampines St 81.
Their Mee Siam ($3.50) which consists of thin rice noodles (bee hoon) cooked till soft, along with other ingredients such as taupok, egg, beansprouts chives, chilli and tiny shrimps.
The sweet-spicy gravy with a touch of nuttiness, was just slurp-worthy tasting like how a grandma would prepare with a well-guarded recipe.
Included with chili, tamarind, and a blend of other spices, there is a lovely sour assam twang which makes this more distinctive than some of the other Mee Siam out there.
But what makes this really different is the addition of dried shrimps.
If you are thinking ”hae bi”… not quite. There are more like dried Japanese koebi which are light and crispy (could almost remind you of fried shallots), which adds this subtle crunch in between spoonful of the gravy.
A lot of work and time is required to prepare the sauce for Satay Bee Hoon ($4.50, $6.50), generously laden with cockles, kang kong, pork liver, lean pork slices, taupok and cuttlefish in a nutty and smooth textured peanut sauce.
The $6.50 portion comes with more bee hoon and prawns.
A place at both Ghim Moh and Tampines for the nostalgic taste of Mee Siam and Satay Bee Hoon.
Lao Chao Zhou 老潮州 – Ghim Moh
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-18, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm or sold out (Mon, Thurs – Sun), Closed Tues, Wed
Lao Chao Zhou 老潮州 – Tampines
829 Tampines Street 81 Singapore 520829
Opening Hours: 7am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
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