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MSP-Singapore chow fun

Had this dish at Satay to Go in Apple Valley and it was excellent. My dilemma is that I live in the western suburbs and Apple Valley is a haul.Does anyone know if Any other places in the metro serve this dish?

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  1. I am not sure what Singapore chow fun is, as opposed to just chow fun. There are lots of places in MSP that serve chow fun, though.

    I can't recall if Evergreen does or not. It's not on their take out menu, but their dinner menu is much more expansive than their take out menu.

    I know that Seafood Palace has them, for sure.

    Yummy has them.

    The chain Big Bowl has them. I am actually sort of fond of that place, as far as chains go. I tend to not go, in favor of local places, but it's one of the chains I don't mind. It's in the Galleria - the address in places says it's unknown. 70th and France, Edina.

    Jun Bo has them, too.

    That's just off the top of my head.

    Jun Bo
    7717 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55423

    Evergreen Chinese Restaurant
    2424 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Seafood Palace Chinese Restaurant
    2523 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

    Yummy [Closed - Now Relax Exotic Cuisine]
    2450 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

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    1. re: pgokey

      Isn't "chow fun" what this site is supposed to be about (snicker)? Singapore chow fun (which is not actually Singaporean any more than a hamburger is from Hamburg--said to be a Hong Kong invention) is curried, with the curry slightly scorched for a distinctive taste. It often has both pork and shrimp, in addition to a few thinly sliced peppers, onions, and other veggies. It's not an easy dish to get just right, and I'm mourning the closing of the one place in my home (Ann Arbor, MI) that did its close relative, Singapore mei fun (with rice noodles) consistently well.

      1. re: Jim M

        I don't see something with that exact name on their menu but Peninsula on Nicollet serves Malaysian food.


        There is also Singapore in s. Minneapolis. I ate there once when it was Singapore! but I understand it has changed owners and is now Singapore Chinese Cuisine. I can't find their website but it's on the south side of the parkway and just west of Hiawatha.

        1. re: katebauer

          Singapore! is located on 34 Ave S and 56th St. I was just there a couple weeks ago, and while they do have a large chinese menu, they also had an equal number of authentic Malaysian dishes.

      2. re: pgokey

        If your talking about the thin noodles in curry?
        Then this place has it, but they call it
        Singapore Mei Fun.
        Ming's Garden
        1540 White Bear Ave
        St. Paul, MN 55106
        in the Hafner Centre

        1. re: pgokey

          One place that doesn't seem to get mentioned here is Fresh Wok, a little take out place in a strip mall on 48th & Nicollet. In addition to the Singapore mei fun, they also have decent low mein. Quick in, quick out, large quantities, low price and good eating -- a compelling value proposition.

        2. Rainbow Chinese on Nicollet-Eat Street- has "Singapore Chow Mei Fun" with pork, shrimp, veggies and some nice heat We don't go there often, but that is always part of our order. Also I have discovered "Eddie Cheng's"-take out/delivery from the big box mall with Best Buy at 494 and Lyndale. Singapore Chow Mei Fun is also on their menu. I have had it delivered in a pinch and it ain't too bad! Eddie Cheng's is partnered up with 3-4 other little neighborhood Chinese restos-same exact menu, same cost and they all deliver.

          1. A couple of leads in the University area:

            I'm pretty sure that I've seen Singapore noodles of some sort on the Hong Kong Noodles menu when I've eaten there, but don't hold me to it.

            Also, according to what I think is the official Village Wok website, they serve Singapore Noodles with "egg, fun, or rice noodle."

            Places mentioned in this thread:

            Singapore Restaurant
            5554 34th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

            Rainbow Chinese Restaurant
            2739 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

            Hong Kong Noodle
            901 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            Village Wok
            610 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414

            Peninsula Malaysian Cuisine
            2608 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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            1. re: bob s

              Yes! I used to eat Hong Kong Noodles version (Singapore Style Rice Noodles) on a weekly basis. This was several years ago, so I can't vouch for the current quality, but at the time, it was so so perfect. Their version used thinner rice noodles, egg, succulent and flavorful shrimp, bits of flavorful pork, onion and I think some other veggies. I would think that if you wanted it made with fun noodles (very thick, wide noodles) they would be able to do that for you - I'm pretty sure they have fun on the menu.

            2. ime just about any little chinese takeout place, and a good many vietnamese takeout places, won't blink at an order for singapore chow fun/mai fun-- it's like ma-po tofu-- it might not be on the menu, but the cook knows how to do the dish, and has the ingredients on hand to do it.

              getting a super-high-quality version of the dish is a little trickier. in the past i've had great singapore noodles at hong kong noodle, but it was hit or miss & a lot of the time i don't try to order it anywhere anymore-- it's never as good as bobby used to make!

              i'd try out the small restaurants near you to see if they do the dish acceptably-- sorry i am clueless about suburban places--& work your way towards uptown. you'll eventually hit your mark, hopefully not as far away as apple valley.

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              1. re: soupkitten

                Thanks for all the replies. This sounds like a very general/common dish. I am looking for the version on the following menu- http://www.satay2go.com/menu.html

                I highly recommend anyone in the Southeastern burbs to check it out.

                1. re: dave43

                  The wide chow fun noodles are not on the menu at Yangtze in St. Louis Park, but they have them. I've had the BBQ Pork Chow Fun there (they offer it dry style and wet style - I much prefer the dry) so I'm guessing that the Singapore Chow Fun wouldn't be a huge leap for them to prepare.

                  Bring the Satay2Go menu description with you if you need to.

                  Yangtze Chinese Restaurant
                  5625 Wayzata Blvd, Minneapolis, MN 55416

              2. Red Pepper on York Avenue next to Southdale does a decent Singapore Mai Fun. Order that and the Tiger Pork for a decent meal there. This place has NO atmosphere, but as suburban chinese goes it's decent. On a par with Jade Fountain in Wayzata.

                1. WHY are you even all messing/playing around. SRSLY.

                  Go straight to the source in the TC for the "real deal" Singapore Curry Noodles...........SHUANG CHENG. They achieve, with remarkable consistency, the PERFECT balance of curry and char. The veggies are crisp, the pork and shrimp crispy and the lovely curry heat is perfect. The closest thing to real neighborhood tea house Singapores I've ever had in the USA.

                  These other places give you a pile of starchy vermicelli, slimy and slick with weak, cheap curry powder, MSG, wilted pre-cut carrot shards and chili oil from a jar.

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                  1. re: Mellu

                    Going to have to agree with Mellu on this one...I've been ordering Singapore CHOW fun at Shuang Cheng for over 10 years and they always get it right.

                    Since it's offered on the menu as Singapore Mei Fun (thin, rice vermicelle noodles), I do have to order it like I wrote it above, with the emPHASis on the CHOW, so I can be sure to get my nice, flat noodles and not the thin vermicelle noodles. Yum.

                    Similarly, most Chinese restaurants offering Singapore Mei (or some other indication of the thin vermicelle) will substitute with the fatter Chow Fun noodles if they have them, but some cooks don't properly account for the increased nooodle-surface area, sometimes resulting in an under-seasoned/under-curried dish.

                    I've also found that most restaurants don't separate their Chow Fun noodles as well as Shuang's does, resulting in large, harder packets of Chow Fun noodles that don't get any of the seasoning and you have to separate yourself on the fly.

                    Happy eating!

                    1. re: Mellu

                      What IS the "real deal" on Singapore Curry? And, to be perfectly snarky, I've never had anything at Shuang Cheng that was tolerably edible.

                      I have had bee hoon and laksa and some other traditional hawker center noodle dishes in Singapore, and as the below post implies, "singapore" noodles as we experience it in the US is a made-up dish.


                      1. re: Loren3

                        Shuang Cheng is one of those places that has so many dishes, they couldn't possibly do them all well. I have been on both ends at this place. Most people say that you can't go wrong ordering seafood off the hand written specials menu. Well I have - I ordered crab in black bean sauce and the crab was old and fishy tasting, off. Haven't tried seafood there since. The one thing they have there that I just love is the beef with orange peel. The sauce on that dish is fabulous. Have eaten it several times, good every time, and now I can't bring myself to order anything else there in case I end up dissapointed. If you find yourself at Shuang Cheng and can't figure out what to get, I highly recommend it.

                        1. re: autmommy

                          Thanks for the advice, but unfortunately I can't eat beef or pork (seriously inhibits that whole Chinese food thing). My problems at Shuang Cheng have always been canned or overcooked vegetables and dry gritty rice. Maybe if I did order the "singapore" noodles, that would be an improvement!