Thursday, 10 March 2016

Sang Heng Noodles at JB Johor Bahru Tan Hiok Nee 甡兴茶餐室 JK1423

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I missed Uncle Ah Seng's old style Teochew noodles at his little stall at Sang Heng kopitiam at Jalan Tan Hiok Nee in old downtown JB.

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Most Anak Johor knows Uncle Ah Seng's Teochew noodle stall. Uncle Ah Seng has been selling Teochew noodles for 50 years, and the last 30 years at this same spot in old downtown JB.

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From this same spot, Uncle Ah Seng watched the ebb and flow of time and fortunes in this buzzing corner of Johor Bahru. A lot of things have changed in this past 50 years. Fortunately, Uncle Ah Seng's old style noodles have remained much the same.

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Some of Uncle Ah Seng's fans had been with him since he started 50 years ago. Uncle Ah Seng's stall also enjoys a constant renewal of young customers.

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The things that go into each bowl of Sang Heng's traditional Teochew noodles. Hand made fish balls, fish cake slices, boiled minced lean pork, pork lard, blended sauce, chopped scallion, little shrimps, and chili for those who want a bit more spicy kick.

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Uncle Ah Seng's fish balls are hand made every day with fresh Yellowtail fish.

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My bowl of mee pok tah, JB style.  The broad flat noodles were tossed in a blended sauce with a generous splash of lard. The yellow mound was simply garnished with chopped scallion, pork mince, fish balls, fish cake slices and lard crackles.

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Uncle Ah Seng cooks the noodles soft al dente.

Whereas the Singapore version of lo mien 干撈麵 is tossed with a blended sauce of robust savoury spicy and often sourish flavours, the JB version opts for the opposite direction - tending towards a gentle sweetness with lard and crustacean savouriness, and a bit of spiciness for those who must have it. I liken the Singapore style as "black" and the JB version as "white".

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The small marble sized fish balls have a soft bounce to the bite and releases a gentle fresh fish flavour when the tiny fish ball breaks.

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These little shrimps have a nice tender bounce to the bite and a gentle crustacean sweetness.

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Ah... those little fresh lard crackles. They are like oily peanuts which burst aromatic flavoursome perfume when you crush them between your teeth.

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Sang Heng's soup is da power. Made with pork socket bones, shrimps, anchovies, dried sole fish and others. The broth has a medium body and layers of savouriness and sweetness. The broth is aromatic and I can smell the prawns used in the broth. It is also not overly greasy. This is addictive.

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I know I shouldn't but I couldn't ........ resist another bowl of Uncle Ah Seng's noodles.... this time, a mee kia (slender noodles). It's exactly the same except for the type of noodles - so it's all down to personal preference. So, I can't really be faulted for having the best of both worlds :-D

Next round, I shall go for Uncle Ah Seng's kway teow soup which I know is also wonderful.

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->> If you are a noodle lover, you got to check out Uncle Ah Seng's delicious old school Teochew mee. Not many places in JB or Singapore does noodles this good any more.

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Restaurant name: Kedai Makanan Sang Heng 甡兴茶餐室
Address: 7 Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Johor Bahru Town (beside OCBC JB branch)
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/u7iB9
GPS: 1.456829,103.764747 / 1°27'24.6"N 103°45'53.1"E
Hours: Daily 7:00am to 1:00pm (closed on Saturdays)

Non Halal

Dates visited: 12 Jan 2012, 19 Jan 2012, 21 Aug 2012, 10 Mar 2016

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8 comments:

  1. I lived in HK and I miss my favourite comfort food so much! Tah mee pok, mee kia! I can only make my own here and salivate while reading your blog!!

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    1. hope you can find sometime similar in HK. share with us if you found it :-D

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  2. Here in Vancouver, BC.. we do have the Cambodian Teochew style mee pok tah served at the local Phnom Penn Restaurant... it is rather good ..but personally, my choice would be the Singapore style!! Hope to be able to savour all my favorite noodle dishes upon visit h Singapore soon!!.. hehehe. .!!! ..

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  3. You get very good fishball and beef balls made by the Teochew here in HK but their tah mee at most is with oyster sauce. If you go Chaozhou, same thing, very good fishball and beefball but dry noodles is all mix with sesame sauce or peanut sauce. Not my taste.
    I fry my own chili and I dare say it's reasonably high standard after years of practice lol. But the noodles must come from Singapore, cause HK mee kia, mee pok too thin for mixing with chili, turns out very soggy.

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  4. Waiting time can stress your patience. Old uncle doesn't appear to be stressed at all! He enjoys working!

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  5. Tried yesterday for breakfast. Good recommendation

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