Ms Skinnyfat

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Hawker Review: Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim Mee Pok

By Monday, December 12, 2011 , , ,

Another Sunday, another day of food hunting. This is what i love about weekends. S's cravings brought us to Simpang Bedok where Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim Mee Pok Kway Teow Mee is (boy that was a mouthful!). I'm more of the english brekkie sorta girl but i don't mind traditional chinese zao can. But mee pok tah (dry) for breakfast is just a little heavy. I categorize food into meals and this is a lunch/dinner food to me. I never like to eat much for breakfast but no issues here cuz by the time we got out it was practically brunch (love weekends!)

Anyway S was surprised that i didn't know about this mee pok place and mentioned something about me losing my street cred (what street cred has to do with the knowledge of hawker food is something that still bewilders me but S is weird tt way too). What is ironic is that he hasn't tried the noodles here either. Wth right? 
So the 2 noobs headed to Simpang and this store is located within the parking area at one of the corner coffeeshop. Apparently there's another shop by the same name in the yellow row of shops (as seen in the picture below) but the white sign one is the nicer stall. Well i suppose it has to be good when it's full even with the rain. 
A hot cuppa to warm myself up, perfect for the cold weather. Little did i know this tea is gonna keep me up all night :( I love coffee and tea but these days they are just killing my wink time.
It took us pretty long to get our noodles and they came back to check our order 15mins after we ordered? That was pretty ridiculous to me and we were kinda starving by then. Anyway, if you are a fussy eater like me, you don't get much of a choice here. There is only 1 dish and it comes with fishball, fishcake and pork slices and that's it. I don't even get to add meatballs to the mix. :( Thank god they entertained my request to remove the bean sprouts (i absolutely hate tau gay). 

On first look, the dish looks really plain. This is the chili version and it appeared really harmless. That impression didn't last long. The sauce is well balanced with vinegar and the chili is kick ass after a few mouthfuls. I can take spicy and this is alright to me, ask for less if you can't take the heat.
The noodles are crunchy and nice but they dry up after a while. My trick to eating dry noodles is to pour a little soup in now and then to maintain the moisture of the noodles so that they don't stick together in a lump.

I am also very particular about fishballs because some of them can be really fishy. Ok let me explain myself, good fish should not have any fishy/xing1 taste. I clarify, when i say fishy, it doesn't refer to the taste of a fish but the unpleasant taste that certain fishes have and when the fish is not fresh.

Back to the fishballs- they are bouncy and salty (just the way i like it). The pork slices are also very tender and well cooked. To produce a good bowl of mee pok dry, the amount of time each ingredient is cooked has to be very precise (as if i'm a masterchef..but that's just my hypothesis). Too long and the noodles become too soggy and the fishballs dry and hard etc etc etc. Anyhow, the conclusion is that this is an awesome bowl of mee pok!

I've been looking for a mee pok replacement since the really nice one near my place closed down a couple of years back. S and I loved that one and nothing else could compare to it. S was so happy when he bumped into the uncle in amk one day but they have kinda retired! He wanted to them to take him as their apprentice just so that he can taste the noodles again. Yes that is my silly boy. Anyway i'm really glad i listened to S and tried this instead of going to another of my indie cafes.
If you are a small eater like us, the smallest portion would suffice ($3.50). S still had to finish my noodles for me but yea that's me. They also have the foo lin yong tau foo at the same place so if you don't feel like having mee pok you could always have that as well. Post on Fu Lin (East Coast Road) up here.

Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim Mee Pok, Kway Teow Mee
308 Bedok Road
Tue-Sun: 7.30am - 5pm
Closed Monday

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