Whipping up a satisfying bowl: Top 5 bak chor mee

(Clockwise from top left) Noodles from Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Li Yuan Mee Pok, and Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian.
(Clockwise from top left) Noodles from Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Li Yuan Mee Pok, and Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian.PHOTOS: ST FILE, THE NEW PAPER, FACEBOOK / AH LI MEE POK

SINGAPORE - Bak chor mee is a hawker dish that is unique to Singapore. The noodle dish, served either in a pork-based soup or dry with a chilli and black vinegar sauce, is not found anywhere else, as far as I know.

You may find some similarities in fishball noodles or pork noodles, but I doubt any Malaysian or Indonesian will claim as their own this Teochew noodle dish that comes topped with minced pork, pork balls and stewed mushroom. Some hawkers also add pig liver, fish cake, Teochew dumpling and, in some luxed-up versions, fried fish maw and abalone slices.

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