The Place No, Lau Lim is not at Jalan Tua Kong where it initially started, it has been operating at Simpang Bedok since 2004. Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim is not associated with Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong, though it is understood that both their founders were previously trained by the Mr Chan Sek Inn. Mr Chan’s next generation is running 132 Mee Pok Kway Teow at Marine Terrace.
The space at Lau Lim is perhaps the most comfortable amongst the “Jalan Tua Kong” concepts I have visited since while trying to cover the various stalls under both Ah Lim and Lau Lim. Having 2 shophouses under their care, there are ample tables, and the Lau Lim team is rather efficient in clearing the tables ensuring good turnover of the space.
The Food They do not just sell mee pok here, Lau Lim also dishes out Singapore traditional breakfast toast set. And if the wait for your order of noodles takes a short while, which it usually does as with the ever-buzzing crowd here, you can order a Kaya Butter Toast Set (S$5) which is exactly what I did.
Would not say the toast was splendid, or a must-have here, but it does satisfy that occasional craving one may have for a local kaya butter toast and a cup of hot Kopi O Kosong – yes, that is my preferred choice of caffeine fix.
Coming back to the main reason of my visit today, Lau Lim’s Noodles (S$5.80). Choose between Wet or Dry, opt for the size with Small at S$5.80, a dollar more for Medium and two dollars more for Large, pick your noodles, and your choice of sauce. Since it was my first time visiting here, went with their classic, Dry Mee Pok with mild spice. No regrets.
Having tried Ah Lim’s rendition earlier, one of the key selling point of both is their chilli. So make very sure to opt for the chilli selection.
The generous scoop of minced meat, together with freshly made fishballs and fishcakes, and complete with meatballs and sliced meat makes this a very wholesome meal.
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 Ah Lim Jalan Tua Kong (aka Ah Lim) which has various stalls across the island, and lastly Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim (aka Lau Lim or The Art of Mee Pok) located at Simpang Bedok.
Will I Return Again? Similar to my review of Ah Lim, it is a definite yes for Lau Lim too. You may be curious on what is my take of who does a better noodle. My simple answer is, Lau Lim. Something about Lau Lim’s signature chilli sauce which makes me crave for it more.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 2/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim
306 Bedok Road
Tel: +65 6241 0201
Monday to Sunday: 8am to 4:30pm
Ranted by The Rantee