Kim Bak Chor Mee @ Balestier Road
When I started working in Balestier, I asked a good friend what would she recommend for lunch. Being a huge BCM fan, she introduced me to Kim Bak Chor Mee at Kian Lian Coffee Shop (next to Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat Restaurant).
I didn’t like this BCM stall during my first visit. Perhaps because the noodles still has a alkaline taste which I can’t stand. But after slurping my last mouthful, I actually told my friend that we should come back again! Sounds crazy, isn’t it? So about one week later, I visited again. Took my camera and started snapping away. Finally, I found the reason for my return — their chilli.
This homemade chilli is super shiok ah! Quite different from the usual chilli in BCM, it is stir fried with haebi and resembled belachan (think sambal stingray). Just a teaspoon full on my noodles, gave it a good toss with the vinegar and it tasted so good with the crispy pork lard. Not as tangy as Hill Street Tai Hwa’s version, but I guess the focus is on their homemade chilli. Spicy enough, to make you wanna have a glass of lemon tea to go with it.
They blanched their noodles in boiling water and good quality mushrooms are used. The broth, made with yellow beans, pork bones and ikan bilis, is very tasty with lots of minced meat and some slices of pork liver. If you are here during lunch time, be prepared to wait. My longest wait was 45 minutes.
Kim Bak Chor Mee
Address: 558 Balestier Road #01-400, Singapore 329874 (junction of Ah Hood Road)
Opening hours: 7am to 3.30pm, closed on Fridays
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