It’s been quite a while since I last write about my favourite local dishes. You can’t really blame me since I always find myself digging into my food even before realising I should take a snapshot or two and sharing my two-cents worth of thoughts to you. But if I do share it on this little space of mine, you can almost be certain I tried the place more than just once for their delicious food.
Now about that Teochew noodle dish which is nothing more than mee pok sauté in a concoction of simple condiments. Then accompanied with toppings messily tossed upon the cooked noodles. It’s looks unassuming but this is almost a stable dish for most Singaporeans! It’s a common dish that you will find in almost every coffee shops and all hawker centres.
Everyone has their own style of blanching the noodles and a series of ingredients they use but here at Ya Lim Mee Pok, I would say their rendition of the Teochew noodles is a notch above others. Apart from being generous with their portion, the other thing I love very much is their sophisticated blend of chili mixture. It is more spicy than most places so be prepared to break out a sweat while devouring what’s on your bowl. Coupled that with your perfectly cooked mee pok, the addition of that crispy pork lard and you got yourself a taste of heaven all within a small bowl.
Another worth mentioning point is the robust soup simmered with pig’s bones. I prefer mine to be separated from my noodles so that the rich liquid won’t be tainted by the strong floury aftertaste. It’s almost like I’m addicted to it and I always seem wipe my petite bowl of soup even before I’m done with my noodles.
I always think bak chor mee is such an underrated dish. It might be unassuming and pretty common all over the island but to make a bowl as good as this stall in Tiong Bahru, requires more than just people’s recognition and returning customers. It takes an enduring mind to withstand the heat from the boiling liquid and a perfect sense of timing to ensure every single bowl has the same consistence. Not an easy task especially you’re in your 50s going 60s. But that’s just the way of life all in the name to earn money.
If you want to try Ya Lim Mee Pok but you don’t know where to find them, just head down the same exact place during the weekday afternoons where Two Face is situated. The place is almost always packed with office ladies and working boys during lunch hours. So if you’re coming down in a big group, just be prepared to split tables and share your food with some strangers like my office colleagues always do.
Ya Lim Mee Pok
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-48