Brunch today is at the popular Restoran Sing Ting mee hoon kueh in Taman Desa Tebrau. This is the branch shop by the same family that run the Sing Ting MHK shop at Jalan Besi 1 in Skudai for over 20 years.
Sing Ting 新天 is a large corner shop. It is bright, clean and spacious. Furnishings are simple but comfortable.
We ordered a "dry" mee hoon kueh and also a "soup" one. We added two servings of fried anchovies at RM1 each.
I like Sing Ting's mee hoon kueh as it is one of the rare few where the kueh is still hand kneaded and hand torn, the traditional way. So, all the pieces are of different sizes, shapes and thickness. Each piece feels and tastes slightly different but all are soft chewy and have a nice mild savoury flavour. The tender flour dough while smooth, is also not oily or overly greasy.
The medium bodied broth made by boiling dried anchovies in water is savoury sweet with distinct underlying anchovy flavour.
One of the highlights at Sing Ting is their fresh house made chili. It's layered sharp sting makes everything tastes better.
It is spicy with levels of sharpness from chopped garlic, red chili pepper and green chili padi mixed in tangy freshly squeezed lime juice. There is no added water at all in the chili sauce so the intense flavours are not diluted.
Another highlight of Sing Ting mee hoon kueh is their house label 百岁人 black vinegar - yes, Sing Ting even have their own vinegar label which is made in Shanxi, China according the Sing Ting's recipe. So cool right? 😃 We can buy Sing Ting's 百岁人 black vinegar for RM10 a bottle.
There is a bottle of this black vinegar on every table. Customers stir this vinegar into the soup which gives the savoury sweet broth an added smooth tangy flavour and nice perky aroma.
Our bowl of "dry" mee hoon kueh.
The "dry" mee hoon kueh has the same soft chewy mouth feel. The dark sauce coats it with a sweet savoury, slightly spicy sauce as we asked for a "slight spicy" blend.
Overall, I prefer the soup version as I like the more nuanced flavours of the anchovy broth, especially when blended with Sing Ting's signature black vinegar and special chili sauce.
We also had a bowl of hand made noodle soup and I like the thick strands' bouncy chewy texture with subtle wheat flavour.
What we didn't like so much was Sing Ting replacing traditional sayur manis 马尼菜 with limp, mushy Chinese spinach. The fish balls were also generic, machine made.
Sing Ting mee hoon kueh specialist's menu, all on one page. Prices are very reasonable.
👉 Sing Ting 新天, one of the oldest and most popular mee hoon kueh eateries in Johor Bahru is indeed a good place for a taste of old school MHK. The kueh is still hand kneaded and hand torn. The flavoursome broth is based on anchovies. The broth is further boosted with their house label black vinegar and freshly made chili sauce with a nice sharp spicy kick. 4-Star (out of 5) for mee hoon kueh lovers.
Restaurant name: Restoran Sing Ting 新天面粉糕
Address: 87G, Jalan Harmonium 35/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°33'28.7"N 103°47'19.4"E | 1.557984, 103.788729
Tel: 07 288 5747
Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm | 8:30am to 9:00pm on Sat, Sun & Public Holidays (Mondays off)
Date visited: 15 Jan 2017
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