On the same day I bought muffins from Bliss Haven, I also checked out the 枪摊 Fried Hokkien mee stall (the stallowner is a single mom with a teenage son). I do enjoy this series for its entertainment value (the episode where that tattooed dude Jason withdrew was damn drama, right??!!). And even though recipes aren’t revealed, we can still pick up some cooking tips from the chef.
Anyway, back to the food. I rather enjoyed it. It’s the dark sauce stewed type of fried Hokkien mee. I think the selling point is the noodles. The texture is unique, different from the usual flat Hokkien yellow noodles. It’s soft but QQ (al dente) and bouncy at the same time. There’s also no strong alkaline taste. Quite similar to udon, actually. This kind of noodle isn’t commonly found; mentor chef Eric Teo made special arrangements for it to be supplied to this stall.
As for the sauce, it’s sweet and savoury, but more sweet than savoury. It’s tasty but not artificially so. The flavors are well-balanced. The prawn and clams were fresh and sweet (but one clam had sand in it), and the cabbage tender. It’d be better if there’s more fragrance. Overall, I think it was very pleasant; not fantastic, but more than decent. It’s a nice change from the usual fried kway teow and other hawker noodle items.
It was close to 3pm when I ordered my food. There was no queue, just a steady trickle of customers. I think the initial crowds after the feature of this stall on tv (maybe about a month ago) has died down. There were negative comments on Mediacorp forum that the food wasn’t up to standard. The production team had to remind the stall to buck up.
To be fair, the stallowner probably couldn’t cope with the sudden increase in business. When I was there, there were 3 other people helping out at the stall. The lady stallowner was looking relaxed and confident, and this was reflected in the food. I think she just needed more time to figure out the workflow and hone her cooking skill.
19 Cooked Food
127, Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Tuesdays to Sundays, 8am to 8pm