31 Dec '11, 5pm

Kai Juan Coffeeshop's popular Mee Pok and Bak Kut Teh

Da Lian Traditional Noodles began at Balestier Road about 30 years. Mr Jason Neo took over the running of the stall 10 years ago. At Kai Juan Coffeeshop, I noticed a continuous stream of customers even though the sun had barely risen well. Many are residents from nearby private apartments and condos, and they also include local TV celebrities. By 8am, most of the seats inside and along the corridor outside were occupied by Mr Neo customers who waited 15 to 25 minutes for their noodles. Although the stall has a sign which says theirs is Teochew fishball noodles, I've never eaten a black version of it before. Both the gritty-looking chilli sauce, which had pounded buah keras (candlenuts), and the onions were fried till dark. Apart from the fiery hot taste, the seasonings and braised mushrooms gave the noodles a distinctively burnt, bitter edge that set it apart from the usua...

Full article: http://www.soshiok.com/article/16798

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