Best Hokkien Mee

Best Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee frying is an art — the most masterful of chefs bring out the most complex and flavourful plates of noodles.
Evan Mua
Evan Mua

The highlight was in the stock that flooded the plate, encasing a richness comparable with the best prawn mee broths, with each strand of noodle trapping a hefty amount of robust flavours within; the chili and pork lard also helped to add layers.
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However, wok hei was noticably weak — a shame for those who find it a crucial element for hokkien mee.

Apparently they fry it with charcoal fire. Which explains why the smokiness is off the charts; the intense wok hei was immediately apparent from my first bite. Well, that and the billowing clouds of smoke that constantly streamed out of the kopitiam.
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Apart from its deep smokey profile, the stock was also super robust which gave it a rich flavourfulness that only the top hokkien mees can boast of. It's the wet type, but not overly moist IMO (if you eat it fresh and hot), as every strand of perfeclty-fried bouncy noodle was well coated with an ample amount of the stock.
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The sambal chili was maybe too sweet but it still gave a nice kick and helped cut through the heaviness. But aside from this, Swee Guan's rendition is crazy good and easily top 3 in SG for me.

The rich stock is also perfectly absorbed by the noodles into a salivating texture - moist whilst still retaining bite. Slightly less intense stock than some places, but combined with their standout sambal belacchan and a squeeze of limes, it is a plate of balanced savouriness that never gets jelak.
But the monstrous queue though...

Well fried with a delightful smokiness, the viscosity of the noodles coat your mouth with a fragrant seafood flavour.
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The robust flavours of the stock are also absorbed by the thick yellow noodles. Admittedly, the flavours are not the most intense and there is a lack of egginess, but it is still super good, especially with the sambal chili in the mix.

Picky eater looking to force opinions down your throat. Don't worry, they taste up to my standards!

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