Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre is one of the best places for local food in Singapore. We think it is time to start documenting what we have eaten there. Today’s post is about our recent lunch at Tiong Bahru – noodles from Tiong Bahru Lor Mee and Chai Chee Noodle Village, followed by dessert from Tiong Bahru Tau Suan.
Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre needs no introduction. It is the centrepiece of the many food places in the Tiong Bahru area. The food centre is located on the second level, above the market on the ground floor. It is well known for many types of food. My favourite stall there is Tiong Bahru Lor Mee, the stall that sells lor mee – noodles in thick dark broth.
Tiong Bahru Lor Mee
Tiong Bahru Lor Mee is a popular stall so expect a queue during peak hours. The noodles are reasonably priced with bowls ranging from $3 to $5. I usually have the $4 version which is more than adequate. The secret of lor mee is the dark broth which has a complex flavour. Receptacles containing vinegar, chilli and minced garlic are available at the counter for customers to increase the level of these flavours. I usually add a couple of teaspoons of garlic into mine.
This is my $4 bowl of Tiong Bahru lor mee. In addition to the noodles, it is topped with pieces of deep fried fish, an egg and many other things I cannot identify. It is a satisfying meal for $4. We consider this a “must eat” dish at Tiong Bahru Market.
Chai Chee Noodle Village
In close proximity to Tiong Bahru Lor Mee is another noodle stall – Chai Chee Noodle Village 菜市麵 莊. They serve fishball and meatball noodles in either the “dry” or soup style. We elected for a dry skinny noodles with meatballs ($4).
While not as drop dead delicious as the lor mee, the noodles from Chai Chee Noodle Village were also very good. The portion was not as large as the lor mee. The noodles were nicely done. The meat balls are of the Fuzhou style with minced meat cores within. We could easily eat another helping of this dish.
Tiong Bahru Tau Suan
For dessert we had tau suan from the Tiong Bahru Tau Suan stall. They sell only a few types of dessert each costing $2. The tau suan itself was not bad but the dough fritters (you tiow) were soggy. We would have preferred them to not serve the dessert in disposable containers even when we were eating it there.
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898