Teo Kee Minced Pork Noodles – Hearty Noodles at Tampines Round Market & Food Centre
This is one of those 1 or 2pm-can-close-already kind of stall.
While there were plenty of excellent options at Tampines Round Market & Food Centre, I opted for noodles for breakfast.
I placed my barang-barang in front of the stall which had a relentless queue. Teo Kee Minced Pork Noodles is no stranger to media coverage. They have been on local television several times and have even been covered by Korean media companies. It was no wonder that owner, Jimmy Lim, was not at all camera-shy.
Teo Kee offers quite a variety of ingredients to go with their noodles. It was apparent from the number of slow cookers that they had at the counter. I learnt from Jimmy that each slow cooker held a different ingredient (pork ribs, chicken leg, chicken wing and egg) and each of the stews were prepared using a different recipe. I would have thought that they will use one braise (卤) for everything, but I would be wrong.
I had the Pork Ribs Noodle, Dry ($3.50), Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles, Dry ($3.50) and Set Noodle, Dry ($5). The set comes with a piece of each ingredient on a separate plate — great for someone like me who wants a little bit of everything.
The signature Pork Ribs Noodle ($3) carried an earthy and herbal flavour, and an obvious hit of 5-spice. The dish was very hearty and satisfying, and that was before we even picked up the pork ribs.
At first, I was slightly uncomfortable with the idea of having to tear through pork ribs equipped with only a pair of chopsticks. But I didn’t need to worry because the tender pork ribs graciously gave way to my chop sticks. The pork rib hid soft bones which you can just bite off as well. I especially loved the sticky exterior.
The Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles ($3) was very different from the usual ba chor meee. Instead of the common combination of light sauce, chilli and vinegar, Teo Kee’s version featured a deep earthy flavour that was similar to that of the Pork Ribs Noodle. Fans of braised mushrooms will absolutely love this dish.
The Set Noodle ($5) seemed like great value. For 5 dollars, you get a rather big piece of pork rib, a chicken mid-joint, a huge chicken feet and a chicken egg. The chicken mid-joint was so tender and smooth, I could easily eat 20 in one seating.
Not an ingredient everyone appreciates, but this will surely be appetizing to those who do.
And I actually could have polished off 20 mid-joints, since Teo Kee sells just their ingredients as well. You can buy just the stewed items should you have a dinner party or potluck.
The various stews did taste different, but I couldn’t quite place my finger on the ingredients that caused the differences. The stews shared a common denominator though — the earthy flavor.
I left the place thinking about dabao-ing a whole bunch of ribs for a small gathering, or maybe just for myself.
Teo Kee Minced Pork Noodle
Address: 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-05, Singapore 522137
Phone: +65 9780 4181
Opening Hours: 6am to 2pm daily, Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
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