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Singapore - Lor Mee (Braised Hokkien Noodles) at Bukit Purmei

klyeoh Sep 28, 2010 01:58 AM

I'd always wondered what all the fuss was about - the unbelievably long lunch queue in front of this little stall selling "Lor Mee" (or Braised Noodles) in a coffeeshop in Bukit Purmei, an old residential suburb. A friend of mine said he grew up on this - the original noodle stall was run by the current owner's father in the 1950s!

Lor Mee is a Hokkien noodle dish (originating from the Fujian province in China) - yellow Hokkien noodles (sometimes mixed with thin rice noodles or bee hoon) are slathered with a thick, brown gluggy, gloopey cornstarch-thickened sauce (redolent of pork bones used to make the original stock). Garnishes included thinly-sliced char-siew (barbecued, caramelised pork), braised pork belly slices, crispy pork bits & batter, and sliced fish cakes. Lashings of black vinegar, a dollop of raw, minced garlic and spoonfuls of red chilli paste (plus freshly-cut red chillis for that extra oomph) & springs of fresh coriander are then added to the whole moolah.

Believe me - it tasted better than it sounds! The contrasting flavors - porky, vinegary, spiked with garlicky, ultra-spicy chilli concoction, and the textures - gooey sauce, slippery noodles, crunchy pork bits - are enough to convince me why Singaporeans are lining up for 30-45 minutes in the hot, humid coffeeshop, just to get a taste of this noodle dish. Personally, I'd come here if I'm in the neighborhood and can spare the time for a long lunch - else, it can be quite a daunting experience, with the crowds, the packed seating area and the oppressive tropical Singapore weather!

Lor Mee (Bukit Purmei)
Block 109, Bukit Purmei Road

Open: 7am-3.30pm (Closed on Mondays)

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    JamTam RE: klyeoh Sep 28, 2010 02:25 AM

    klyeoh, I love you for this post.

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    1. re: JamTam
      klyeoh RE: JamTam Sep 29, 2010 01:10 AM

      Thanks! Do make a bee-line for this place when/if you're in Singapore & want a "taste of the tropics" - it's as local as it gets :-D

      1. re: klyeoh
        JamTam RE: klyeoh Sep 29, 2010 05:13 PM

        It's one of my favourite things for breakfast :) When I'm home there are a couple of must-have breakfast dishes and this is one of them. Also the chee kueh at Tiong Bahru market, white carrot cake at Havelock market, nasi lemak in Changi, etc.

    2. M_Gomez RE: klyeoh Sep 28, 2010 06:44 AM

      Mmm, my next lunch spot!

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        M_Gomez RE: M_Gomez Mar 8, 2011 05:24 AM

        Tried the lor mee here again today and it really hit the spot. Thanks for highlighting this stall, klyeoh.

      2. makanputra RE: klyeoh Sep 20, 2012 06:38 PM

        Mmm, just tried this yesterday and it really hits the spot. But the queue is long and the parking is a nightmare!

        Any other lor mee spots which you can share?

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