To me, a good plate of Hokkien Mee is a smooth slush of noodles and seafood; smooth enough to be slurped up with a straw! That being said, i was surprised with my latest find at Golden Mile Food Centre, Hainan Fried Hokkien Mee, the driest plate of Hokkien Mee i’ve had so far.
It’s funny how Hokkien Mee, despite being fried, can still be “wet”. That’s because most of the ingredients are stir-fried first, to give it the smokey charred flavour, before the stock is added and left to simmer for a while, then served before all of the stock evaporates. The Hokkien Mee from Golden Mile is different because the Uncle stir-fries the noodles and the stock until it becomes dry.
I think it takes a great amount of skill and control to prevent the fiery breath of the wok to totally burn the dish. There’s a fine line between “chao da” and having the noodles singed. The thick egg noodles and thin rice noodles can easily become too dry and hard to eat if fully burnt through. But the Uncle has managed to control his cooking so well that the noodles are singed perfectly to give the smokey flavour. And just in time too, for most of the water from the stock to evaporate, leaving the savoury flavours behind.
The Uncle says he has been frying his Hokkien Mee ever since he completed his 2 and a half years of service in the army. It’s no wonder why he’s so good at what he does! As for his trademark goggles that he wears, he says that because he has to spend a much longer time stir-frying his Hokkien Mee, he needs the goggles to protect his eyes from the heat that radiates from the wok. So that’s how he withstands the “wok hei”!
Uncle and his wife, the super duo!
The result is a drier version of our classic dish that’s still easy to swallow, with all the usual flavours from the seafood and pork lard infused into every strand of the egg and rice noodles. No need to worry for any coagulation of fats here when it cools, unlike in the wet version, because it’s all glazed around the noodles!
Address: 505 Beach Road, #B1-34 Golden Mile Food Centre
Opening Hours: 11am to 2pm, 3pm to 9pm, closed on Wed
- Fried Hokkien Mee – $3
Rating: 4.65 /5