Recently, with the whole Michelin guide thingy, there has been a whole debate about which hawker stall sells the best bak chor mee. I for one will not travel far nor will I stand in queue for 30-45min for a bowl of noodles. So I am pretty happy with Hup Hup that serves up pretty good noodles and best of all, it is in my hood 🙂
But before you can dig into that yummy bowl of bak chor mee, you first have to get past the legendary grouchy bitch face aunty. No threat to me bcos I have a bitch face too :p A word of advice, be clear with your order or risk getting the tsk and killer stare hur hur.. Been eating this for years and in a rare occurrence some time this year, the aunty actually smiled at me O.O Hallelujah.
There are only two types of noodles available: mee pok and mee kia. Don’t be funny and try to ask for kuay tiao, bee hoon or other types of noodles. This one here is the mee pok (think linguine) and the thinner version is the mee kia (think angel hair pasta). Bowl comes in two sizes: Small ($3.00) or Big ($4.00). You can have the noodles in soup or dry with their concoction of sauces. If you are ordering the noodles dry, you can have them spicy or non-spicy.
So in summary these are the choices you have to make clear to grouchy aunty.
- Mee Pok / Mee Kia
- Small / Large
- Dry / Soup
- If dry, Spicy / Non-spicy
- Eating in / Take-away
Speak slowly and clearly.
I personally like the type of mee pok and mee kia they use. There is another type which is slightly translucent looking and has a more firm and springy texture (think al dante). I like how they cook the noodles such that it doesn’t stick into a lump. You really don’t want sticky noodles bcos the entire bowl of noodles hangs on your chopstick like a ball of yarn when you try to pick them up. There is also enough mix of sauces so it’s tasty and moist. Good that they were not overly generous with the oil.
The chilli is not too spicy and is flavourful. When paired with the right proportion of tomato sauce and vinegar, it’s yummy. If you are the type who eats chilli as a main and noodles as a complement, you may need to ask for a big dollop. But I think that would probably change the flavour as the original concoction proportions are altered.
Accompanying the noodles are braised mushrooms (good flavour), minced meat (not too fatty) and pig liver. To top it off, you get two pieces of deep fried wanton skin for that added crunch!
Brace yourselves, I think this noodle is worth a face to face encounter with a grouch ;p
Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle (合合香菇肉脞面)
724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6
#01-39 Ang Mo Kio Market & Food Centre
xx dawnut xx