菜市面荘 @ East Coast Road
10 at night and craving for Bak Chor Mee (aka Minced Pork Noodles). Where can you go??
My friend made a few suggestions and we drove to the Bak Chor Mee place at East Coast Road which his friend recommended and I have not been to before. Best of all, the rain has stopped and there were parking by the side of the road and we do have to go through the hassle of looking for a parking lot. Unlike in Malaysia where parking is practically free and you can park anywhere, even right in front of the eatery that you will be patronising, this is really a headache in Singapore with so many cars and such limited parking space.
The eatery is almost empty when we arrived and I started wondering if the Bak Chor Mee lives up to the recommendation. I saw a few articles in the eatery showing that their Bak Chor Mee has won good rating from a few food programs hence settled on trying their signature. 🙂
The menu is very simple and the signage already tells you that their specialty is Bak Chor Mee. You can choose the type of noodles that you want – Mee pok, Mee kia or kway teow. Mee pok is basically a flat and yellow noodle that looks like linguine, Mee kia looks like angel hair spaghetti whereas Kway teow is rice noodle that looks like fettucine. The other items on the menu are Dan Zai Mian and Dumpling soup which we ordered too.
My Bak Chor Mee Pok 香菇肉睉面 ($4). The ingredients were generous. There were lots of minced pork, sliced pork, chinese mushroom and not forgetting the small bits of crispy pork lard that makes the difference in this dish. Without pork lard, this dish will not be as fragrant and yummy. I love the thickness of the mushroom and how is it so perfectly stewed that every bite will be oozing with the sauce. *slurp* 😉 The seasoning is also done perfectly – just the right amount of tomato sauce, vingear, chilli.. Yuumy!
My friend’s Dan Zai Mian 担仔面 ($4). The ingredients in this dish is basically braised minced pork and chinese mushroom. The mushroom is the same as the one in my bak chor mee but there are loads more in this dish. If you are a mushroom lover, you will definitely like this dish. The minced pork is so well braised that every mouthful is a delight!
As the weather is so cold, a bowl of piping hot soup is definitely on the “to order list” 😛 This is the Dumpling Soup较汤 ($5)
Closeup of Dumpling Soup. There were a lots of ingredients in the soup – minced pork, sliced pork, mushroom, seaweed, spring onions and so many dumplings that I lost count! There is even a piece of abalone in it! The soup is savoury and pipping hot. Great for such cold weather. The waitress even topped up our soup with pipping hot ones when she saw that it was finishing. What a nice touch.
Our meal. There is an additional bowl of soup in this picture as this comes with my Bak Chor Mee. So even if you do not order additional dumpling soup, you will also get a bowl of savoury, pipping hot soup to go with your noodles.
This is really a good place to get your fix of hawker food in the middle of the night without fretting about carpark. All you have to do is park, order, eat and go! 🙂
菜市面荘 @ East Coast Road (along the same stretch as the Beach Road Prawn Noodle House along East Coast Road)
Photos taken with SE C905