Monday, October 31, 2016

Ah Hoe Mee Pok in Clementi, Singapore

Japanese Fusion Mee Pok; Dry Miso

This bak chor mee shop in Clementi has been getting a lot of attention lately, mainly because it's run by a Japanese family (710 Clementi West Street 2, 8742-1341). As such, it influences the food, as seen in that miso version above featuring deliciously fatty cuts of Japanese chashu. It's too bad then that the miso pushed it a bit to the sweet side, even if it also gave it more depth.

They offered local versions too, which included some crackling and meatballs with just the right touch of stank in them, kinda like Tai Hwa's. Thankfully, they didn't put any of that lame lettuce garnish in there, and pork liver is not included by default either. But it was missing the critical ingredient of black Chinese vinegar.

And without that vinegar, it just didn't do it for me. It ultimately tasted too soft and even watered down, and I'm not going to make an effort to come back as a result. But if I'm in the neighborhood again, I'd be very curious to give their Japanese bowls another shot, perhaps getting the soup version of the big chashu bowl next time.

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