Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle 大华猪肉粿条面
“For a few dollars, you get a good portion of springy mee kia or mee pok tossed with a punchy soy and black vinegar sauce ( tip: ask for extra vinegar) and topped with a selection of the best parts of the pig. These include lean minced pork, tender, snowy white pork slices, wonton, bouncy pork balls, and slices of pork liver. A garnish of crisp-fried dried fish and a bowl of soup made rich and potent with pork bones complete the dish.”
– Quoted from Wine and Dine
This stall has been around since 1932 and have since shifted 3 times – Hill Street to Marina Square and finally relocated at Crawford Lane. As a young child, my dad has brought the whole family there for its famous flavourful pak chor mee. I remembered the place as dark and run-down at Hill Street. We would visit that place quite oftenly and had to queue for a good 20 minutes for the noodles. It would come in a big bowl with seaweed, crispy-fried dried fish (干扁鱼), pork liver and slippery kuay tiao in hot soup. It cost $5 which was considered expensive in the early 90’s. But we simply love it.
A few days ago, I had the chance to eat this again at the present Crawford Lane location when I was there to collect my passport. There are actually two coffee shops side by side, so make sure you are at Block 466 for this. The other coffee shop also sells pak chor mee, so don’t get the wrong one.
At 3:30 pm, there was even a queue. I had to queue for around 10 minutes before my order was taken. (It’s self-service.) You can order $4, $5 or $6 portion of pak chor mee, kuay tiao soup or meat ball soup. For $4 you get the most basic ingredients – seaweed, lean pork slices, liver and pieces of dried fish. For $5 and $6, you get meat balls and dumplings. I ordered a $4 kuay tiao soup. The man took quite a while to prepare each bowl of noodles. And the special thing I realised was he had FOUR soup bases. Probably the reason why the soup is so flavourful.
The soup has a lot of meat protein as indicated by the white bits such that I didn’t feel guilty drinking it. The flavour should have been derived from the pork rather than MSG. I didn’t feel thirsty after having this. However, there was disappointment as I did not get the taste I had when I ate this as a child.
But this is probably still one of the best and special pak chor mee and kuay tiao soup you can find in Singapore.
Stall name: 大华猪肉粿条面 Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Address: Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12 Singapore 190465
(Behind ICA Building)
Tel: 6292 7477
Opening hours: 930 am to 9 pm (closed on every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month)