Recently I got to know that a popular Bak Chor Mee has opened in the West at Bukit Batok, so I made my way down to Ah Kow Mushroom Minced Pork Mee to check it personally. Apparently this is the famous stall that used to be at Hong Lim Food Centre which started in 1945. When the founder passed on, his elder son and 4th son took over the stall. The elder son will mend the stall on Fridays to Mondays while the 4th son will take over on Tuesdays to Thursdays.
According to social media postings by Jon Cher, the son of Mr Kow's 4th son, we got to know that his father was kicked out from the Hong Lim Food Centre. His father subsequently rent a stall at Old Airport Food Centre before the landlord sold it away. After taking two years break, his father has made a come back at the new stall in bukit batok.
Bak Chor Mee Dry 3/5
From the appearance of the bowl of noodles, I thought I have found a gem. Unfortunately I was disappointed. The flavour did not live up to the appearance. The Bak Chor Mee Dry ($4/$5/$6) although comes with a lot of ingredients, it lacked the vinegar kick I was looking for. Afterwards, we feedback to the stall owner and he told us he has to reduce the vinegar as the new neighbourhood does not like it. Hence in your next visit, you probably has to tell the stall owner you want more vinegar, just like Hong Lim Food Centre days.
Kway Teow Soup 3.8/5
The Kway Teow Soup ($4/$5/$6) was much better. The soup has a subtle flavour from the sole fish which gave justice to the generous bowl of ingredients accompanying it. It brought live to the bowl of noodles.
We ordered the $4 portion and the bowl of noodle already is brimming with ingredients. Imagine if you order the bigger portion. I am not sure is it because the stall owner has taken a two years' break and he needed a bit more time to get back to his rhythm.
Ah Kow Mushroom Minced Pork Mee
Blk 359 Bukit Batok Street 31
Nearest MRT: Bukit Gombak (NS Line)
Mon: 8am - 2pm
Wed-Sun: 8am - 8pm
(Closed on Tue)
1) Alight at Bukit Gomak MRT station. Take Exit C. Cross the road. Turn right onto Bukit Batok West. Walk down the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]