Food Review: Tai Wah Pork Noodles at Hong Lim Food Centre | Is this new Michelin Bib Gourmand entrant worth trying?

The Place There are a few Bak Chor Mee stalls in Singapore with the name Tai Wah or Da Hua and it can be confusing for the uninitiated, with the most famous being the One-Michelin starred Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Crawford Lane. The latest Michelin Guide Singapore 2018 also sees another new entrant to its Bib Gourmand list, Tai Wah Pork Noodle which is located at Hong Lim Market and Food Centre. The names are largely similar and that is because both owners are brothers who uses to run the stall back at the days when it was still at Marina Square, though these days both are in semi-retired mode and you could count yourself lucky if they happen to be preparing your noodles.

The Food I visited Tai Wah Pork Noodles few days after the Michelin announcement, and without any surprise, I was greeted with a long queue. The wait was approximately 45 minutes during lunch hour and there are two price options – S$6 or S$8. The owner son Chef Jason Tang prepared my noodles, and the S$8 portion comes in the same big bowl as the Hill Street’s version, along with a huge bowl of soup.

My first thought is that the noodles spots similar flavours to the Hill Street version, where the vinegar flavour is unmistakable though this version is more toned down which some people may or many not fancy. I personally prefer the Hill Street’s noodles, which has a better texture as I find this a tad too tough.

That said, there’s one item at the Hong Lim stall which is better – the soup. Packed with huge pork dumplings and pork meat balls, the soup is really flavourful and I enjoyed it till the last drop. The dumpling is so good, which a skin so thin it reminds me of Xiao Long Bao where the flavours burst in the mouth.

Rants The ventilation at Hong Lim Food Centre is really bad, and the competition for tables is real during weekday lunch hours. Be prepared to sweat it out.

Will I Return Again? Tai Wah Pork Noodles is definitely one of the best Bak Chor Mee in Singapore, a close tie with Hill Street Tai Hwa. The waiting time is significantly less that the Michelin outlet at Crawford Lane during peak hours and if you can’t stomach the relatively longer wait at Crawford Lane, this Hong Lim version wouldn’t disappoint too.

TheRantingPanda says:
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket:
Overall Experience:

Tai Wah Pork Noodles
531A Upper Cross Street
#02-16 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Singapore 051531

Opening Hours
Daily: 7.30am to 7.30pm

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13 Comments on Food Review: Tai Wah Pork Noodles at Hong Lim Food Centre | Is this new Michelin Bib Gourmand entrant worth trying?

  1. Anonymous // July 22, 2018 at 13:51 // Reply

    Tried many times at Hong Lim. One of the best!! Last I at there at $5/- per bowl. It’s worth it. Tasty and nice for a stressful day.

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  2. Aries Tange // July 22, 2018 at 13:56 // Reply

    Tai Hwa Pork noodles is really delicious! You got it right! Good rating! The last time I had was @$5/- per bowl. But it’s worth it.

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  3. Aries Tange // July 22, 2018 at 13:58 // Reply

    The stall I normally goes is at Hong Lim Hawker Centre, nearer to my work place.

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  4. Jenny Tan // July 22, 2018 at 19:29 // Reply

    I prefer to eat at the stall at Bedok North Street 4 Blk 85 ,the Bak Chor Mee soup is much better.You must go there to try as to compare which ones is better. Dry mee is too dry but soup mee is much delicious

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  5. Anonymous // July 22, 2018 at 21:45 // Reply

    Wonder how much they paid for this writeup. Its so so only la


    • This is not a sponsored post. Just our thoughts about what we ate.

      For all tastings or sponsored posts, we will ensure we state that in the article.

      Seems like you don’t quite like Tai Wah. Any suggestions of good BCM we should go? Do let us know, wouldn’t mind a good BCM!


  6. Anonymous // July 23, 2018 at 07:51 // Reply

    Too expensive,too little cannot fill your stomach for men. So so only. Should go to Tien Y Tien coffee shop near Boardway Studio. along Serangoon Road. ONLY $4.


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