There’s a spot in my heart that is specially reserved for bak chor mee soup. I’ve grown up my whole life indulging in my ultimate favourite bowl of noodles from 58 Minced Meat Mee at Bedok 58 and it baffles me how the dish is so under-the-radar.
Of course, when it comes to bak chor mee soup, a few familiar names come to mind. Whether it’s the popular supper spots at Bedok 85 or the up and coming Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee, one thing is for sure—bak chor mee soup is here to stay. Bring on the minced meat goodness, meatballs, fresh egg noodles and pork dumplings, with this list of 8 best bak chor mee soup in Singapore for a souper good time.
Let me set things straight first, lest you get confused. This is not to be mixed up with the overrated minced meat noodles at Bedok 85. Don’t let your eyes play tricks on you with the play of numbers.
Behold, my favourite bak chor mee soup—58 Minced Meat Mee at The Marketplace@58 in Bedok.
The legendary Minced Meat Mee (S$3 for large)bowl is prepared to order with egg noodles and three homemade meat dumplings, served in a rich broth with minced meat, crispy lard bits and spring onions.
To me, this is without a doubt the best minced meat noodles in Singapore. Goodbye 85, hello 58!
58 New Upper Changi Road, #01-151, Singapore 461058
Tue, Thur, Sat & Sun: 6am – 2pm
Closed on Mon, Wed & Fri
2. Ah Poh Minced Meat Noodle
Ah Poh Minced Meat Noodle is the third and often overlooked bak chor mee soup stall at Bedok 85. It’s no surprise here since the hawker centre is well known for long queues stemming from the other two heavyweight stalls—Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian and Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee.
However, the Bak Chor Mee (S$3/S$4) served here is quite the underdog. It’s probably the most consistent of the three and one with the shortest queue. A little trivia for the readers here—the owners of Ah Poh Minced Meat Noodle and the famous Bedok 85 Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian are actually sisters. While they probably share the same recipe, we can assume so for now.
85 Bedok North Road, #01-18, Singapore 460085
Tue to Sat: 6pm – 3pm
Sun: 6pm – 12am
Closed on Mon
3. Chai Chee Minced Meat Noodle
Over at Block 216 Market And Food Centre lies Chai Chee Minced Meat Noodle, a worthy competitor in the minced meat noodle scene.
The Minced Meat Mee (S$3.50 for Small, S$4.50 for Large) is prepared-to-order with egg noodles, meatballs, and handmade dumplings, and served in a rich broth with minced meat and spring onions. Despite the long queue, I found the wait worth it for this comforting meal.
What’s best about Chai Chee Minced Meat Noodle is that it’s merely a short walk away from the interchange. Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is definitely one to settle for when those cravings set in.
216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-64, Singapore 460216
Daily: 9am – 2pm
Many regard Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee as the OG of all bak chor mee, and they’re not wrong. Its heritage dates back all the way to 1923, and in fact, all soup-based bak chor mee descended from the founding father of this very dish, who is—you guessed it—Jie Wei’s great-great-grandfather.
The Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee Soup (S$3.50) was nothing short of greatness. The recipe of the rich broth perfectly encapsulates the fullness of flavour and had me slurping up every drop. For existing bak chor mee soup lovers, brace yourself to fall head over heels.
5. Li Fa Minced Meat Noodles
Whenever I get too impatient to queue for 58 Minced Meat Mee, my worthy alternative located right behind them has to be Li Fa Minced Meat Noodles.
Although not quite as popular as the former, this bowl of Bak Chor Mee (S$3/S$4) is a strong contender in the bak chor mee soup scene. What I love most about Li Fa is the homemade dumplings, stuffed generously with a savoury meat filling. Oh, and they sell fresh dumplings at S$0.50 per piece for you to take home and cook too!
58 New Upper Changi Road, #01-168, Singapore 461058
Tue to Sun: 6am – 3pm
Closed on Mon
6. Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee
Run by a sibling duo, Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee is no stranger to many. Many travel from all over Singapore for a taste of Bedok 85’s heart and soul—a bowl of bak chor mee soup.
It’s easy to get this Bak Chor Mee (S$3/S$4) confused with its neighbour, Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian, which is located right next door. Besides the colour of the bowls, you’ll find similar ingredients in from handmade meatballs, fresh egg noodles, chunky lard bits, rich minced meat soup, sliced chilli and spring onion.
Unlike others, the bak chor mee soup stalls over at Bedok 85 Fengshan Market & Food Centre usually open from mid-afternoon to midnight. Supper, anyone?
Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-08, Singapore 460085
+65 9018 9846
Fri to Wed: 5pm – 1am
Closed on Thu
At a little coffeeshop on the corner of Keong Saik Street and Neil Road, Soon Heng Pork Noodles is an oasis of comfort food in the form of bak chor mee. This is a one-dish stall, and the only dish they serve up is Bak Chor Mee in soup, for S$4 or S$5.
Each bowl comes with meatballs, wontons, minced meat and pork lard. I have to say, they are really generous with the minced meat. And while in dry bak chor mee dishes where the minced meat is hidden beneath the mass of noodles, here it floats in the soup.
Dry bak chor mee might be the norm, but Soon Heng Pork Noodles can easily convince one that bak chor mee soup should be more common.
120 Neil Road, Singapore 088855
+65 9792 8106
Mon to Sat: 8am – 3pm
Closed on Sun
8. Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian
Mention bak chor mee soup to anyone and immediately, Bedok 85 comes to mind. In case you’re not quite the enthusiast as I am, there are two rivalling shops located side by side. Which one is the OG, you ask? As most Bedok dwellers know, it’s Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian.
Now before you go second-guessing that its neighbour, Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee, copied their venture, let me clear the air and say that the origins of both recipes are completely unrelated.
The Bak Chor Mee Soup ($3/$4) had a strong pork flavour and is a winner for those for favour umami broths. While I prefer meat dumplings in my bowl, Xing Ji’s version comes with a generous portion of handmade meatballs. For chilli lovers, you’ll be pleased to know the regular bowl here comes topped with sliced chilli for that extra kick.
Between the two gems of Bedok 85, I’d like to think both have made a name for their hearty bak chor mee soup renditions. Regardless of the stall you order from, both make a good bowl of noodle soup to indulge in on a rainy day, or simply just to satisfy your cravings.
Blk 85 Bedok North Street 4, #01-07, Singapore 460085
+65 9879 4599
Fri to Wed: 12.30pm – 12.30am
Closed on Thu
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