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So everyone knows about the famous Geylang Lorong 29 Fried Hokkien Mee (which is located at 396 East Coast Road). This post is about the Fried Hokkien Mee from Swee Guan Hokkien Mee (水源福建面) at Geylang Lorong 29, located in Sing Lian Eating House.
Fried Hokkien Mee is apparently a typical Singaporean recipe and originates in the 1950s. I understand that these two stall owners are related and are perpetuating their family’s traditional Fried Hokkien Mee recipe.
Firstly, you will notice how there is an incredibly long queue snaking through the coffee shop. However, it is not a terribly long wait as the hawker fries a large wok of noodles and then dishes them out into individual portions for sale.
If you like anything cooked over charcoal, you will love this. There is a distinctive burnt taste from the noodles because this stall (and the one at East Coast Road) prides itself in using charcoal as opposed to gas, to fry its noodles. The sambal (chilli paste) is just right – not too spicy nor too sweet, just spicy and tangy enough for added flavour. The sambal is also not watered down, which is a major pet peeve of mine. However having said all that, I still prefer my Hokkien Mee with sliced red chilli because sliced chilli doesn’t muddy up the taste of the noodles.
The noodles are completed by the large prawns and pieces of friend sotong (squid) which is perfectly cooked – chewy and crunchy, just the way I love it. Hokkien Mee is always soggy and gooey to the touch but oh-so-flavourful to taste. The prawn stock used to fry the noodles lends a heavy, full-bodied flavour to the noodles. Even the choice of skinny beehoon (Chinese for vermicelli) makes a difference to the taste.
I love the noodles here even though there isn’t pieces of fried pork lard or fried pork belly. My friends and I definitely would have preferred to break the heavy flavour in the noodles with bits of fried pork belly. In any case, we still loved it.
Naturally, we didn’t just order the Fried Hokkien Mee, we also had pork & chicken satay along with some Otah-Otah ( a traditional Asian delicacy of fish paste mixed with spices, wrapped and grilled in banana leaves) and a plate of Fried Oyster Omelette.
For those who many be interested, Swee Guan Hokkien Mee is located at 549 Geylang Lor 29, Sing Lian Eating House.
Once again, thanks for reading!