Thursday, 8 September 2016
Taman Jurong 58 Minced Pork Noodles Singapore ⭐⭐⭐✱✱
Popped over to Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre this sunny morning on my way for an appointment in Singapore's west. There are about 100 food stalls in this old 3-storey market cum hawker centre with 58 Minced Meat Noodles 五十八肉脞面 (bak chor mee) probably the most famous.
58 Minced Meat Noodles was founded in 1973. The stall holders looked young, so they are probably the second generation owners. There was no chance to speak with them as they were very busy.
I was there around 10:30am i.e. off peak. There was a constant queue, though not a very long one. Waiting time was about 15 minutes.
This, the largest serving with a bowl of soup, costs SGD3.50 which I feel is very reasonable.
There was plenty of fiery looking sauce in the bowl (I asked for chili). Enough to wet and envelope the huge mound of noodles with flavours. The sauce is a blend of well balanced robust savoury and spicy flavours - not too spicy, just a gentle tingling zing.
(There were bottles of black vinegar at the stall and customers can help themselves to as much as they like. I didn't add any.)
The generic mee pok (yellow ribbon noodles) was done slightly softer than soft al dente. Though it lacked that soft crunch, I still enjoyed the noodles as the sauce was so flavoursome 😋 There is enough lard in there, so all is forgiven 😛 Anyway, this is bak chor mee not spaghetti, wanton mee or ramen, so al dente or lack of it is not really a criteria, yes? no?
The minced marbled pork, thin slices of lean pork and liver were all done just right. Tender with it's natural porcine flavours still intact. Crispy bits of pork lard cracklings added more crunch as well as porky flavour and aroma. The spongy shiitake mushroom and button mushroom gave the noodles a layered savouriness.
The clear watery soup was very mildly savoury sweet with a nice porky sweetness. I wished there was more of this tasty soup to help me wash down the huge mound of noodles 😛
3-Star I love bak chor mee with robust flavours, so I like Taman Jurong's 58 Minced Pork Noodles' bak chor mee. It's very good value for the quality and amount of food we are getting. My top choice for bak chor mee around Singapore's west.
I am curious - there are a few 58 Minced Meat Noodles around Singapore, from Jurong to Changi. Are they related? How? Please share in the comments, if you know. Appreciate much 😊
Restaurant name: 58 Minced Pork Noodles 五十八肉脞面
Address: #03-150, Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road, Singapore
GPS: 1°20'04.7"N 103°43'16.7"E | 1.334630, 103.721296
Hours: 6:00am to 2:00pm (Tues off)
Date visited: 8 Sep 2016
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