Monday, September 29, 2008

Fried Hokkien Mee Challenge

Fried Hokkien Mee (HKM) is one of the most popular of all local dishes. People who have gone overseas, and came back, inevitably crave HKM. It's just the combination of savoury prawn stock, noodles, sambal chilli, and prawns etc fried with nice savoury wok hei that gives HKM its character. So here are the few that I have sampled, with the winner!

1. Ah Hock Fried Prawn Mee
Thin beehoon was used, and it's the dry type. The uncle has been a legend who had fried HKM for ages already and has just come back from retirement. The HKM here is quite savoury but lacks the oomph factor. (7/10)
Chomp Chomp Food Centre, open till late.

2. Che Jian Fried Hokkien Mee
I've tried this two times; the first time it was really good; it was really wet, fried with thin bee hoon and noodles, and the savoury seafood prawn stock was robustly fried into the noodles so that there weas a nice prawny seafood taste. The second time it was a bit bland. Still good. better than ah hock. (7.5/10)
Chomp Chomp Food Centre, open till late.

3. Hainan HKM
This was really quite good; located at the bottom floor of Golden Mile, this is the dry type, fried till very "pang" and mixed with nice savoury hot sambal and chilli padi. Was a tad oily but very fragrant, there is great wok hei flavour and each noodles was well coated with stock. Nice.

4. Nam Sing Fried Hokkien Mee
The first time I tried it, it was rather bland and tasted really like vegeterian noodles, but the good thing was that it didn't taste heavy at all or leave a heavy flavour after that because they actually use vegetable oil. The second time round though, it was really really marvellously excellent. The noodles/bee hoon was fried in a very light prawn stock which tasted very heavenly, tasty, and savoury and it wasn't heavy at all. Full of wok hei flavour and so slurpable and so tasty. Must try man. (9/10)

5. Wisma Atria Fried HKM, Thye Hong
This is the wet kind. The stock is very flavourful and is infused into the noodles and was a pleasure to slurp up. However, it is inconsistent. (7/10)

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