What can $6 buy you these days? At Lam’s Abalone Noodles (also affectionately called Ah Lam), it buys you a bowl of bak chor mee-style noodles served with minced pork, crunchy bits of deep-fried pork lard, pungent slabs of pork liver and a sliver of fragrant grilled tee po (dried flat fish) topped with braised and skewered abalone cubes. For $8, you get a robust helping of herbed-up abalone broth double-boiled in a vast, glazed ceramic cauldron. When it comes to affordable abalone for the masses, Ah Lam is an institution. A word of warning: it’s located in a narrow kopitiam at a busy intersection, so dust and car fumes come as standard when dining here.