Tuesday, July 19, 2005

High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle, Singapore


This place is awesome. I've gotten a bit tired of some types of hawker food, but one of the few things that I will still eat is bak chor mee, or minced pork noodle. To be even more specific, I will only eat Tai Wah's bak chor mee, since all other vendors taste too boring. Tai Wah's ingredients (fried pork lard niblets, ground pork plus pork slices, tasty meatballs, vinegar, and dried salted fish) make this place a standout.

You get all sorts of different tastes and textures in one amazing bowl: greasy, spicy, sour, hearty, and even a nice clean broth to wash it all down. (Those of you from San Jose will note that this beats the pants of Tung Kee Noodle, which in and of itself is already pretty darned good.) I usually get the dry mee pok (it's flat like linguini) version, and I order the not-obvious S$6 (US$3.50) size, which effectively means "extra large." But beware that they will include sliced liver (yuck!) if you don't speak up, so be sure to tell them ahead of time if you have an aversion to pork liver like I do. Other sizes, noodle, and soup options are available at your choosing.


As a testament to how good this place is, the Marina location usually has a line even at odd non-eating hours like 3PM. (I guess the original location was at High Street, and hence the name?) I come to the Bestway location instead at about 2PM to beat the crowds. It looks like they opened another location in Chinatown now.


real thirtysomething said...

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Anonymous said...

the marina location is no more.

two brothers used to run the stall at high street but when they shut that place down, they grew the biz - with each brother running their own shop at marina and bestway respectively.

i chanced upon the chinatown (honglim complex) one recently. apparently, this is a third stand, run by one of their nephews.

the original marina stall has now relocated to one of the coffeeshops on crawford street (that is next on my list of places to hunt down).

Anonymous said...

they are now at:
Blk 466 Crawford Lane
#01-12 Singapore 190465
Tai Hwa Eating House
(Near Immigration & Checkpoints Authority Building and Lavender MRT)

Anonymous said...

Another place with good Bak Chor Mee either dry or soup is along Jalan Datoh , near Balestier. Its the corner coffee shop at the junction of the main road. Its only open for breakfast till around 1 pm , and then they're sold out. Closed on Mondays

Anonymous said...

i find the jln datoh pig trotter also not bad, located just next to the mice pork noodle stall, same coffee shop

Anonymous said...

I just had a bowl of the High Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle at Blk 466 Crawford Lane #01-12 Singapore 190465
Tai Hwa Eating House. It was really good.

However, I saw a sign at the front of the store stating that this store is the only original one around.

What gives?

Wonder how are all 3 stores (Bestway, Hong Lim, Crawford Lane) related?