"Singapore Noodles" in Singapore?
"Singapore Noodles" is such a common menu item at Chinese restaurants in the US that you take it for granted. So of course it was a bit of an awakening when I arrived in Singapore a number of years ago to find that one could not get that stir-fried curry-powder-seasoned rice vermicelli dish here. No, it's not because they just call it "noodles" here...you can get noodles here of course, but just none of it with that signature curry powder that makes it "Singapore Noodles."
Hence, I was a bit intrigued when I saw "Sin-Chew Fried Bee Hoon" (effectively, Singapore Noodles) on the menu at this little smoky shack called Brastaji Halal Seafood at Apollo Centre (#01-02, 9119-0366). Could this perhaps be the elusive Singapore Noodles that I was looking for?
Nope. There definitely wasn't any curry powder in this thing. This was just a very simple plate of greasy rice vermicelli. How ironic it is when one of the only places to get "authentic" Singapore Noodles is in the US rather than Singapore. I guess I can't blame folks back home who find it a bit weird when I spend 16 hours to fly across the Pacific Ocean and request a plate of Singapore Noodles from a Chinese restaurant there.