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Sep 28, 2010 01:58 AM

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

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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  1. klyeoh, I love you for this post.

    2 Replies
    1. re: JamTam

      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

        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.

      1. re: M_Gomez

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

      2. 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?