I’ve eaten many bak chor mee stalls all over the island and I came to the conclusion that there should not be the title of the best bak chor mee in Singapore. Surely there will be some stalls a cut above the rest but how could you clearly define a popular hawker dish as the best of the best when everyone has their own unique cooking style? It is almost like kung fu really.
There are so many variations and techniques across the board. Some blanch their noodles differently from others while others depend on superior stocks to boost consumer eating experience. Some even have a couple of those family secret condiments to make their noodle recipe shine above others. The possibilities are endless so why even bother arguing what’s the best of the best?
I know of one stall that I have been returning for many years and if I didn’t decide to showcase the amazing eats of Tampines, I wouldn’t have done my own research and read an interesting article about them. To summaries such a long article into one sentence, An An Bak Chor Mee is one of those hawker stalls that speaks greatly about the local Singaporean gastronomic lineage.
But the residents of Tampines are practical folks. Historic lineage would only get you so far and if your food is a far cry from ideal, chances are we wouldn’t give a damn of your existence. But the same can’t be said for this noodle stall for the long queues seen during the weekend brunch timings are a testament to their popularity here.
For most other stalls, I would opt for the spicier and more robust dried ones but over at this stall of 20 years, just go for their soup ones with chunks of minced meat floating on the top. I had tried their dried mee pok ones but it was more soup than dry. Not to mention, the chill concoction could have been more spicier and less oilier.
Like I mentioned earlier. I have been returning to this stall time and time again whenever I need a quick fix of bak chor mee. And I sort of realised that their bowl of noodle might vary each time I order them. So if you want to truly savor their rendition, then only order when you see the hawker boss manning his stall. I find his noodles blanching method far more superior than his wife and daughter. For $3 a bowl, this is one hearty bak chor mee I will always go back for more.
An An Bak Chor Mee 安安肉脞面
Tampines Street 81, Block 823A