Best Singapore Food – BAK CHOR MEE at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

Best Singapore Food - BAK CHOR MEE at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
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Bak chor mee, as I learned, is a true Singaporean dish. There are many similar dishes in parts of China and Malaysia, but the real bak chor mee is, from what many say, a true Singaporean food. So I was excited to try it for the first time. Since I was staying not too far from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles, which happens to be one of the most legendary hawkers selling the dish, Ying and I decided to try it one afternoon. To my surprise, the line wasn’t very long when we arrived, and there were just about 5 people waiting in line in front of me. So it only took about 5 minutes before I got my bowl of noodles.

Bak chor mee, which is also called pork noodles, includes yellow egg noodles, which are tossed in a sauce of oil and chilies and vinegar, and then topped with a variety of different pork ingredients like minced pork, liver, and in this case a couple of meatballs and some wanton dumplings, and finished off with some green onions. I added in a few spoonfuls of diced bird eye chilies to the side of my bowl to kick the heat up a notch as well.

After mixing up the noodles and all the sauce, I took a bite of my first bowl of bak chor mee. I’m a huge egg noodle lover, so I immediately enjoyed the egg noodles, which were slightly chewy and fresh. I also enjoyed the sauce, which was slightly spicy from the sambal and chilies, and especially balanced nicely with vinegar to give it a sour touch. It was similar to a bowl of wanton mee, but it had a different taste to it as well. I can’t really speak for other days and how busy Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles will be, but on a weekday in the middle of the afternoon, it wasn’t bad at all. And they serve a bowl of noodles that I think are worth making a queue for.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
Address: Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12 Singapore 190465
Open hours: 9:30 am – 9 pm daily (closed on first and third Monday of each month)
Prices: You can choose from $5, $6, $8, or $10 SGD. I had the $6 SGD bowl
How to get there: Take the MRT to Lavender station


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  1. One of the most overhyped noodles… I have tasted better noodles elsewhere. And the price keeps on increasing.

    Anyway, the long queue is due to them slowing down the process to catch the public attention.

  2. 6 SGD is expensive for hawker food in Singapore. But then, we are so totally spoilt by cheap and good hawker food. Seriously, ppl are willing to pay a lot more for Italian noodles tossed in sauce.

  3. Everytime, I can see how much he researches and studies to do this, I made some vlogs, and know that, how hard to put all those explanation in that vlog.. Just see and listen how he put all details of information with vocal and writing after the show.. Cheers, you have improved a lot, and keep doing it, now you I am thinking you are an anthropologist and cross cultural traveler ..~~ impressive. I thought what you described and expressed with foods, were all the same, but now I know you are genuinely appreciate all the food you take……….and so, I respect you for that..Mark. Come to Jeonju Korea, if you see this comments, love to show you more of Jeonju, you missed..

  4. This is the type of video I would like to see more ….eat eat eat and eat …saying that please don't be selfish Mark …we want to see more of your wife and son ?

  5. Awesome Mark your VLogs are Amazing ! One question: Where is the Sauce or Soup in this Exotic Wonder Bowl of Delights! Much Appreciated Explanation of the Detailed Chemistry Balance of Food Porn ! Would you say this Gastronomy Smorgasbord is better than anything you have tasted before? Say in the Top Ten Michelin Bucket/ Bowl Dish a Masterchef / Ironchef has created ??!!

  6. Mark, just a few comments. First, the guy who prepared the noodle is not the boss. He's the head chef employed by the boss, who is a man 2 to 3 times your waistline. The boss does not personally prepare the noodle anymore. He merely comes in the morning to prepare the sauce that is used for the noodle. Nobody knows how the ingredients and the method of preparation for the sauce. The boss keeps it as a secret. If he's going away for whatever reason, he would prepare the sauce beforehand for the number of days that he would be away and entrust the sauce to his head chef. Secondly, talking about the sauce, it is exactly what distinguishes this particular stall from the others selling the same kind of noodles. I personally quite like the Tai Hwa minced pork noodles and used to eat there very often when they were at the old Marina Square hawker centre. Since they moved to their current location, I have not been back, so not sure whether the quality is still the same, especially when the boss no longer does the preparation personally. Thirdly, a distinguishing feature of the minced pork noodle is the strong vinegar taste. As such, I think it is very much an acquired taste. If a westerner who has never been exposed to this were to eat it for the first time, I'm really not sure whether he is really going to like it.

  7. This BAK CHOR MEE at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles got a Michelin Star in 2016 & 2017.
    It is excellent. SGD$6 is not expensive.
    Do you know how much you need to pay at a snobbish "fine dining" 1 Michelin star French restaurant in Paris?

  8. For six dollars a bowl the portion looks really small. Most eater can finish that in 2 or 3 bites.Noodle joint like this are literally a dime a dozen in places like this. No local person would wait a hour to get a bowl of mediocre noodle for that price and portion. I watch a lot of Marks video and they're interesting and funny. But he gives way too much positive comments to the food and establishment. It's almost like he's their pitchman and he's doing a commercial for them to drum up business. I hope that's not the case but a real foodie would always point out the negative aspect of the food or establishment.

  9. It used to be $4/_, $5/- , $6/- was the maximum price but throughout the years , its price increases gradually to to the big demands of people eating bak chor mee here.The owner had made a lot of profit and this coffeeshop belong to him.It used to be in marina square shopping mall , when i ate there , but now its price increased tremendously and the queue was too long .

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