Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fried Hokkien Mee (福建麵) - Tian Tian Cooked Food (天天熟食) @ Chong Pang Hawker Centre

Fried Hokkien Mee is one of the standard fares for any hawker centre of a considerable size. But unlike the highly competitive chicken rice, it's not that difficult to find a hawker selling hokkien mee that doesn't make the cut.

This popular stall located at Chong Pang Food Centre sells an unique variance that doesn't sit well with my taste buds. It wasn't bad, definitely not, and attracts a long waiting time although the somewhat traditional flavour has deviated from the norm in this case.

It looked conventional enough, with an equal balance of yellow noodles and thick bee hoon, a few pieces of fresh prawns, a ball of sour lime and a scoop of sambal chilli paste.

Foodies blessed with keen, alert eyes that scrutinise every minute detail would have noticed those brownish strips in the above picture. They are not squid (or sotong as Singaporeans love to call them)!

Simmered in a thick broth that consisted of cuttlefish (yes, that's their true identity!), the noodles came out soaked in a rich concoction that was sticky and strongly flavoured.

Too strong for my liking, unfortunately. My preferred hokkien mee would have more bee hoon, a comfortable serving of pork lard with a more saccharine blend.

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Location
Blk 105, Yishun Ring Road,
Chong Pang Hawker Centre,
#01-153

Price
S$3 for small
S$4 for medium
S$5 for large


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