Parklane Teochew Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle

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.

Teo Chew Mushroom noodle, dry (S$3.30).

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.

Teo Chew Dumplings (S$3.30).

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
Singapore 180231

Operates 24 hours.

cheers!

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Comments

  1. says

    I was at BBC a few weeks ago, and tried the noodles from this stall. Not bad, and miles better than the offerings from its neighbours.
    But its taste is still far from what it was when the stall was at Paradiz Centre. Back then, the noodles were springier and the mushroom sauce was richer, I liked it so much I ate it almost every week. This is but a pale imitation.

  2. says

    Hi umami,
    I’ve no experience of the original version at Paradiz Centre, but when I ate here, I had the nagging feeling that my noodles were good but had the potential to be much better.
    One reason could be the cook on duty that day. He looked exhausted. With the endless stream of customers, I suspect he hadn’t had a break for the past 2 hours. When I was leaving, I saw another (older) man taking over. I’m guessing it was the boss himself. His cooking looked more deft and confident. A case of hired helpers = lack the experience/passion?