Food Review: Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong At Upper East Coast Road | Satisfying Bowl Of Mee Pok Noodles In The East
The Place A quick online search will reveal results of various Jalan Tua Kong Mee Pok stalls, from Simpang Bedok, to Joo Chiat. There has been various version of the history behind this, with many pointing towards the stall at Blk 59 Marine Terrace as the undisputed founder of this movement. 132 Mee Pork Kway Teow is currently ran by the next generation of the founder Mr Chan Sek Inn.
To unravel more history to this, we decided to head to the mee pok stall that is currently occupying the unit at Soy Eu Tua Coffeeshop which sits at the junction to Upper East Coast Road and, yes you guessed it, Jalan Tua Kong. This Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong stall replaced the stall which was once where Mr Chan operated, so the expectations is high for sure.
The Food One signature of the Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong is the mee pok dish which is somewhat a hybrid of a minced pork and fishball noodles. Make sure you are ordering the dry version. Have it with mild spiced even if you are not that big on chilli, to enjoy this best.
I ordered the signature Mee Pok (S$4.50 for small, S$5.50 and S$6.50) which comes with a generous serving of ingredients including minced pork, fish ball, fish cake and de-shelled prawns. Unlike the usual noodle stalls, their dry noodles actually come soaked in their base sauce.
The fishball has a good bite to it, and the mee pok well-timed and done al dente, though the star to me was the chilli sauce. A tad on the sweeter side, love how the whole bowl came together. Very satisfying.
Perhaps the only drawback here is the size of the small coffee shop, allowing for limited tables. Though you can visit other Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong stalls including the stall at 64 Joo Chiat Place, and both the Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong and Ah Lim Mee Pok at Simpang Bedok. Understood they have 2 other branches including one in Tampines.
Rants Do not be confused with all the various brandings. To simplify matters, there are 3 main chains of Mee Pok stalls which are linked back to the legacy of Mr Chan Sek Inn. Mr Chan’s next generation is running 132 Mee Pok Kway Teow at Marine Terrace, the second being the stall we are reviewing here, i.e. Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong (aka Ah Lim) which has various stalls across the island, and lastly Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim (aka The Art of Mee Pok) located at Simpang Bedok.
Will I Return Again? Definitely a stall worth returning to. Hopefully the other stalls do not disappoint too.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 2/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong
15 Upper East Coast Road
Soy Eu Tua Coffeeshop
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 5pm
Ranted by The Rantee