Everyone knows the #michelin star bak chor mee at Lavender. This Hong Lim stall is a completely seperate entity run by the nephew, and doesn't have a Star, just Bib Gourmand award.

It's a nice bowl of 𝗯𝗮𝗸 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗿 𝗺𝗲𝗲 ($6/8/10). Mee kia sported a sprightly bouncy bite and was coated heartily with chili and piquant vinegar.

Alas, my second visit here left me further disappointed, mainly from the meat components. Lavender stall was flawless — I still dream of the unbelievably bouncy non-powdery liver.

Here — decidedly pedestrian. Even the sole fish was alarmingly chewy and not crispy. Still maybe a solid 6.5, but 6.5s don't deserve Bib Gourmand awards. Not mincing my words, cos one pile of minced disappointment is enough. 🙅🏻‍♂️

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