Chia Bee Lor Mee – Good Lor Mee Satisfy Your Midnight Cravings
Can’t sleep at night? Meet your friends for supper! That’s what I did right before my flight to the states. I went for a massage and asked my friend Dennis out for supper at Chia Bee Lor Mee. Uncle Ong picked up his culinary skills from a friend and has been selling lor mee along Beach Road for the past 40 years. Since the very first day of operations till now, the stall only opens at night.
Chia Bee Lor Mee (from $4) comes with fried fish, braised meat, and egg. Uncle Ong used to add rustic-style shredded fish as well. However, as he grew older, he decided to keep it simple and only serve fried fish. Even so, his wife fries the fish in batches at night. The fish is not too oily and is very tender.
The soul of the dish is the gravy. Five spice powder, orange peel and star anise are key ingredients in the creation of the gravy. The gravy has a subtle fragrance of spices and is not overly thick. The accompanying minced garlic and chilli adds more flavour, without overwhelming the gravy. I like to add more vinegar for that extra tang.
The gravy coats the noodles evenly and the crispy fried fish is a joy to bite into. Travelling there specially for a bowl of lor mee might seem a bit much, but the bowl of goodness is definitely worth the effort. I’ll recommend that you order the upsized portion for a more satisfying supper.
Chia Bee Lor Mee
Address: 10 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 190010
Opening Hours: 11pm to 9am, closed every Tuesdays
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.