Updated: Oct 8
SINGAPORE: [Updated] Old Airport Road Zheng Zong Lor Mee has moved to The best Hawker Centre in Bedok is Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market (burgernbacon.com)
Surrounded by HDB blocks, in between a carpark and a wet market, you will least expect to find hidden gems. The place is buzzing with people rushing in and out of the market nearby, groups of uncles chit-chatting while enjoying bottles of beer and families having breakfast in this small coffee shop. This place has all the "kampong" vibes.
These are amazing hidden gems for those in the East of Singapore.
Old Airport Road Zheng Zong Lor Mee
Moved - For Lor Mee connoisseurs, they will know 新美香卤面 Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee is one of the best Lor Mee in Singapore. People are willing to queue up to an hour to have it. Looking at Old Airport Road Zheng Zong Lor Mee, one can't help but notice how similar this actually look compared to the former. This is because this is run by the sister of 新美香卤面 Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee's owner, using the same recipe. The Lor Mee is served in the same white bowl and comes in 2 sizes, S$4 and S$5. I recommend going for S$5 to have the bowl loaded with fish flakes. It is a heavenly goodness when you top it with garlic and vinegar at your liking.
Imagine you get the same bowl of Lor Mee without the queue. Isn't that a hidden gem? To be clear, they do have a queue, just not as crazy as an hour wait.
Their new location is at The best Hawker Centre in Bedok is Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market (burgernbacon.com)
My Father's Minced Meat Noodle (Bak Chor Mee)
Everyone knows the Minced Meat Noodles at Bedok 85 Fengshan Centre 凤山中心, but not everyone appreciates the crowd and the wait in the evening. Wouldn't you wish you can get the same noodles for breakfast or lunch without the craziness? This is your lucky day! You can get your minced meat noodle fix at My Father's Minced Meat Noodle. The owner learnt the recipe from his father, and now the stall is helmed by his son. This stall has a history that spans 3 generations.
With a generous portion of minced meat, meatballs and wantons, stuffed with dried flatfish and pork. It is a PERFECT!
PS: There is a long story behind this style of Minced Meat Noodles and how all the similar stalls in Singapore are interrelated. I will save the story for a future blog.
Sin Heng Kee Porridge
Looking at the queue and speed of bowls after bowls of porridge being made, Sin Heng Kee Porridge is a very popular stall in the neighbourhood. You get in a queue, decide what you want, and they will give you a number. After that, wait for your number to be called. Their flavourful porridge is on the thicker side, which is the kind I like. Each bowl is full of porkiness.
Prices start from S$3.50, up to S$5.00. You can add an egg for S$0.50. You get to choose from 21 different options, from sliced pork, sliced fish to pork innards and peanut. Ensure you get a good serving of fried shallot, and add some chilli paddy to give it a spicy kick. I got the meatball porridge and the pork and century egg porridge at $3.50 and $4 respectively. I added the egg on my own when I got home. It is filled with lots of ingredients that guarantee satisfaction!
This is one of the best porridge stalls in Tampines. Nothing fancy, just wholesome and familiar.
Address: 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477