Eat Singapore Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Hill Street
I hear there’s a Michelin Star hawker around here somewhere?
Yeah, and we’ll be getting in line for it…
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle tl;dr
- 2016 Michelin Star
- Serving Noodle Since 1932
- Long, Long, Long Lines
There are a lot of dishes all around the world. It is impossible to eat them all, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. Bak Chor Mee is a soul food type of dish that is popular among Singaporeans. This thin noodle dish typically with meat, pork, liver, mushroom, and crispy pork skin bits is usually served dry or wet pork soup form. This combination of flavors and textures sounded tasty!
During our first days apartment shopping, our agent suggested that we grab lunch. Little did we know that we were going to get in line at the world famous Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. It didn’t dawn on me the gravity of the situation till we got in the back of line that seem to span from now till forever. During the wait, Nadia broke the news to me that we were at the Michelin Starred Bak Chor Mee of Singapore. I didn’t quite understand what that meant till I realized that time seemed to stop.
Everything on the Menu
A few things have and haven’t changed since Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle got their star in 2016. The portion options, I hear, has expanded to include a larger $10 SGD bowl of their famous noodles. Other than that, the other thing that has changed is the length of the line. I imagine it must be shorter when they first open. By the time I got to my table with food, I’m pretty sure that it was an hour of my life I wouldn’t be getting back anytime soon.
Finally at the head of the line at the counter, having survived the line of hunger, we decided to simply get everything. Just in case we don’t find ourselves in this area again, at least we can say that we tried all their offerings:
- Minced Beef Noodles
- Noodle Soup
- Meatball Soup
- Seaweed Soup
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle Hawker Signage
Behind the Counter Action
Good Bowl of Noodles…
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle minced meat noodle bowl is quite a feat of ingenuity. Considering all the things that is heaped in here, I’m surprised that I was able to finish it all. Everything was indeed fresh and delicious. The firm balls, springy noodles, delicate slices of different meats were all cooked well (oh no, is that liver? I can feel the gout flare up as write) doused in a spicy chili vinegar sauce.
To be fair, I’ve never had bak chor mee before so I don’t have anything to compare this to. But that doesn’t mean I don’t know what tasty is. If anything, this experience has made me want to try it elsewhere at one of the numerous other bak chor mee purveyors found around Singapore.
Kway Teow Soup
Meat Ball Soup
Nadia and I Trying to Eat it All
Not Sophisticated to Appreciate It
All the other dishes were extremely tasty. There was nothing I didn’t like about any of the other soups other than perhaps wanting more.
I admit that this was indeed the best bak chor mee I’ve ever tasted. And since that is the first bowl of bak chor mee I’ve ever had, that’s not saying much. I admit that I don’t find myself heading back in line anytime soon, but I definitely would love to eat this again sans waiting time and liver pieces (nevermind, Nadia can eat my portion).
The Adventure Continues
Once I try other variations of this dish, I’ll be sure to head back here to try it again. Hopefully through all the trials and tribulations, I’ll come to the same conclusion as a lot of people regarding Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle’s status as the best.
With that being said, is very well possible that I may find somewhere that I like more (just like with chicken rice).