For those who haven’t been to Bras Basah Complex (or BBC, as we locals fondly call it) in a while, the run-down food court at level one has been replaced with a spanking new, air-conditioned 24-hour food court. Tagging along with R to get art supplies, we had a quick lunch there.
Out of the 10 or so stalls, there was only one with a queue. Queue = good food? Call it curiosity, call it herd instinct, I just had to check it out. It turned out to be Teochew mushroom minced meat noodles, or bak chor mee.
Parklane Teochew Mushroom Minced Meat Mee was originally located at Paradiz Centre, which is a stone’s throw away from Bras Basah Complex. Seems like they have not lost their loyal supporters. I had to wait ten minutes in the queue for my bowl of noodles.
So, was it worth the wait? The noodles were good; soft without being soggy, still springy, and no hint of alkaline water. They also scored on the sauce for the noodles, a winning mix of savoriness, tang, spice, and oil, though chilli fiends would have to ask for extra heat. I also liked the flavorsome broth served separately (not pictured).
The toppings were fairly typical. I felt they could have done with more fishcake slices and braised mushrooms; however, there was quite a lot of minced pork. At the counter, there was a sign saying that you can ask for extra noodles or vegetables at no additional charge, which I thought was a lovely gesture.
Comparing with Puay Heng’s bak chor mee, I preferred Puay Heng’s toppings, but the noodles at Parklane are superior.
The Teochew dumplings came with lots of minced pork bits in the soup, which is pretty unusual. The dumplings were also different from the Cantonese-style sui kow. Instead of pork finely minced to a paste, the minced meat here was quite chunky. Also, there was no addition of shrimp, chopped water chestnut, or mushroom. They weren’t bad, but neither were the dumplings outstanding. You’ll like them if all you want is meat. The broth was rather tasty without being overly salty.
It didn’t strike me as mindblowingly gorgeous, but still, Parklane’s bak chor mee is notches better than what you normally get at food courts (most of the time, I scoff at food from food courts). Be mentally prepared to wait, though.
Parklane Teochew Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle
Coffee Express 2000 Food Court
Blk 231 Bain Street
#01-79 Bras Basah Complex
Operates 24 hours.