Sometimes, things just go so smoothly for a business. Maybe it’s because you’re selling a generally popular menu, like what Cuo Cuo You Yu does. The chain has 5 outlets across Singapore, with a new stall slated to open in at Northpoint City in December, all of them selling traditional Teochew–style Bak Chor Mee.
I got the opportunity to head down to their AMK Hub outlet that opened its doors on 25 Oct. The stall is one of the many at the newly renovated Kopitiam food court. What impressed me was in the midst of the dinner crowd, it was clear Cuo Cuo You Yu was one of the few pulling in a continuous line of customers.
Maybe it’s no surprise that they’ve managed to draw so many people in. The recipes and concepts are the brainchild of a team of hawker food enthusiasts who have decades of experience in the industry.
With a strong desire to preserve the heritage but also to uphold wallet friendliness, their old-school Teochew-style noodles are lovingly handmade. I got to experience it firsthand with their Signature Bak Chor Mee (S$6).
The mee, like all Cuo Cuo You Yu’s noodle dishes, are handmade mee kia egg noodles. They boast the eggs used are A-grade. The firm, bouncy noodles are paired with their special chilli blend and topped with a generous serving of lard.
As I was trying the dry version, most of the ingredients were in the soup bowl. I fully recommend getting the signature, be it dry or soup, as it’s packed with flavour. The thanks goes to the ingredients – the pork loin slices, the pork liver, solefish meatballs and minced meat, all of which contribute to the sweetness of the broth.
I’ll give special mention to the pork liver. If you’re like me and not a huge fan of liver, this is a good level to start at as it lacks the strong chalky flavour.
I even quite enjoyed the Gan Lao Mian (S$5), whose main ingredient is the pork liver, accompanied by meatballs and lard. In contrast to the signature, you’ll get a clear soup instead. It’s why I felt the signature would suit people seeking good soup while the Gan Lao Mian would be for gizzard lovers.
As a treat to those who want things super wallet-friendly, they also offer a budget meal for Minced Meat Kway Teow (S$3.20). You could also opt for a healthier choice under Sliced Fish Kway Teow (S$3.50).
Cuo Cuo You Yu had another treat in store for me when they served up their newest menu items. First up was the Sambal Ho Liao (S$4.50). It’s more of an appetiser, filled with their meatballs and liver, and stars a piece of pork cake.
That last ingredient, if you’re unfamiliar, is like a cross between spam and ham. Every ingredient is coated in a savoury sambal mix. In contrast to the prior 2 dishes, it felt more innovative in concept.
Another one of their upcoming items is the Sliced Fish Spinach Soup with Rice (S$6). You get fat cuts of fish slices alongside spinach. The meat was both fresh and firm.
If you’re eager to try these, look out for their newest outlet coming in December at Northpoint City. It will be the first to roll out the new menu items. Check their Facebook or Instagram for updates.