Li Wei and its chicken rice, Tian Yi with its kway chap, Lin Lin with its hor fun - The list can go on and on. Now to add to that list of specialty eateries is this humble stall, recommended to me by a reader named Rachel. This stall has gained popularity specifically for its mee pok, although other dishes are also sold.
Mee Pok Vegetarian
Location: Block 630 Ang Mo Kio St 61
Opening Hours: Daily 24 hours (sometimes prone to randomly closing)
Kway Chap. The sizing for this dish comes in two types - Small and large. The small size costs $2.50, while the larger one is $3.00 (this is also the same for the mee pok). Overall, while this kway chap is nothing to jump up and down about, I did find it to be a satisfying rendition of the dish. The kway noodles were firmer than usual, which I didn't mind. The soup base and the sauce which accompanies the other ingredients were both tasty. What was lacking though was the red chilli, which is essential in traditional kway chap.
Price: $2.50. 7/10
Mee Pok did eventually come as a disappointment. The problem with this dish was the most common mistake in all Singaporean cooking - Too much spice. It is important to know the balance between including spice and the spice being unbearable - This is especially important in a dish such as mee pok, which should traditionally have a punch of vinegar. On the brighter side, I found the noodles fresh and bouncy. I'm left with little to say about fish balls, as personally I can't stand those rubbery textured jelly monstrosities.
Price: $2.50. 5/10
Conclusion - Funnily enough I found myself opting for the kway chap far more than the mee pok. If someone didn't tell me prior that this was a famous dish, then frankly I wouldn't have noticed. While the mee pok was not a disaster, I just found the flavours to be too rudimentary. Worth a visit, but don't set your expectations too high.
Food - 6/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 7/10