If there’s one thing i will recommend to a lost soul wandering through Whampoa Makan Place, is the Fried Hokkien Mee from Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee. I find it a rather bold move to include “Singapore” in their stall name. Fortunately, with the quality Hokkien Mee they churn out every night, i can safely say that they are doing our country’s name justice!
The queue for a plate of their Hokkien Mee can stretch down the middle of the hawker centre, dissecting it exactly in half! But for those lazy bums that want and easy way out of this wait, allow me to give you a tip – find out which stage of the cooking the hawker is at. The owner cooks the Hokkien Mee in batches in her huge wok. You know that the batch is in its early stage of cooking when the noodles are still a vibrant yellow, bean sprouts a crisp white, and no seafood visibly present. Ah but after several rounds of stirring and incubation in the wok, the final result is a glorious slush of noodles and seafood.
Preparing a good plate of Hokkien Mee can be deceptively simple. My Grandma tried preparing it herself with the standard ingredients of yellow and white noodles, bean sprouts,egg, prawns and octopus. But the result was a dry mesh of hard-to-swallow noodles. The most defining part of Hokkien Mee is the consistency of the gravy, achieved with the addition of stock and lard, the two secrets to a fragrance and flavour. For the health-mongers out there, face it! Fat is Good! Timing is important too; cook it for too long and it’ll become too dry, to short and it’ll become too wet. At Singapore Hokkien Mee, the Hokkien Mee has just the right consistency; a gooey viscosity that will make you instinctively slurp the noodles.
The Hokkien Mee is also served with a classic slab of sambal chilli, that when mixed into your Hokkien Mee, paints the noodles a warm orange that strikes with a spicy punch!
And at the end of a plate, when your lips are smothered with a sinful grease, you know that you just downed a plate of guilty pleasure. But who cares! Life’s short, and i can’t imagine a better way of shortening it than with a plate of Singapore Hokkien Mee (:
Address: 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-32 Whampoa Drive Makan Place
Opening Hours: 4.30pm to 1.30am
Prices: $3 to $15