Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle – one of the Must Try Bak Chor Mee – 1 Michelin Star

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle

How long will you queue for a bowl of noodles? Well, many Singaporeans are quite happy to queue 30 to 60 minutes for the Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles. The bak chor mee (or minced pork vinegar noodles) stall operates out for a coffee shop in Crawford Lane. The line forms before this small stall opens in mid-morning and does not seem to get any shorter all through the day. Is the length of the queue a barometer for the quality of the food? We finally got to find out for ourselves when a friend kindly queued for 45 minutes for the famous Hill Street Tai Wah bak chor mee.

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Bak Chor Mee - queue

Block 466 Crawford Lane Bak Chor Mee

Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle is a self-service stall. As you are about to reach the front of the queue, a store assistant will take your order. You have a choice of the $5 bowl or more expensive ones at prices up to $10 per bowl. You can opt for the dry or soup version and can choose the type of noodles. You may specify your preference for the amount of chilli and vinegar and make other special requests. You can order an extra bowl of dumpling soup. Wait another 10 to 15 minutes and your order will be ready. You can then bring the piping hot food to your table to enjoy.

The coffee shop is as basic as it gets. There is no effort to dress up the place. It is functional. There are tables and chairs. What else do you need?

Block 466 Bak Chor Mee

Block 466 Crawford Lane Must Try Bak Chor Mee

When the prized bowls of noodles were brought to our table, the first thing we noticed was that at $5 per bowl they could be quite extravagant with the ingredients. The portion of noodles was modest but there were dried fish crisp, minced pork, pork slices, pork balls and liver slices. The pork, in all its forms, were fresh and of good quality. The crispy fried solefish provided a good contrast to the springy noodles which was firm to the bite. The noodles and all its ingredients were nicely balanced and delicious.

We had an extra bowl of dumpling soup ($6). It was a large bowl and could be shared by 3 to 4 persons. The broth was rich and “meaty”. There were dumplings and, again, pork in all its forms in the soup. The soup could be a meal by itself.

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Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle Block 466

The environment could have been more pleasant and conducive for a meal. However, in spite of that, we thoroughly enjoyed our bak chor mee. The bak chor mee  was really better than the average noodles you get at the food courts. Is it so good that I would stand in line for an hour to have it? I do not think so. There are several other places in Singapore where you could have bak chor mee which would be almost as good as what you would get from this famous stall in Block 466 Crawford Lane. Nevertheless, judging by the consistent queues at Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodle, it would seem that many would readily agree that Tai Wah’s vesion of bak chor mee is a definite “must try” hawker food of Singapore.

Ratings:
Food: 5
Service: NA
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 1
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs 4 tops

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle  吊桥头大华猪肉粿条面
Tai Hwa Eating House
Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12
Singapore 190465

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 8pm (Closed on 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)

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5 Comments

  1. Hello! Thanks for posting. This has got to be singapore’s best and most authentic teochew bak chor mee. And now I’m hungry at almost 1.30am. Don’t think I’ve tasted anything similar to Tai Hwa’s in terms of richness in taste and the sole fish where not many stalls offer, makes a difference to this dish. There is a stall at Changi airport T2 food court (departure hall after immigration) but does not match up to the original. Have loved this stall since they were at Marina Square open air food court many years ago. They moved to Crawford lane for a long time too. Though prices are not the same, the taste is definitely the same

    1. Hi, for western food there are Happy Chef, Block 466 Crawford Lane #01-12; and Crazie Chef at 465 Crawford Lane #01-5041. Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat Corner at 814 North Bridge Road is not too far away if you like Teowchew food.

  2. tai hwa’s website says they only ever have 1 stall. they list their history of locations.

    all others are fake.

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