I confess I have a weak spot for noodles, and not just restricted to ramen. But because of ramen’s outrages prices, I suppose it’s reasonable to ask a higher quality out of them. But that doesn’t necessarily mean our local noodles are inferior. Yes, the standard varies significantly, I agree. But for this stall, the broth itself surpasses many ramen outlets locally! Enough said.
Popularly known as Bukit Purmei Lor Mee, this stall actually doesn’t have its own name. There are only two coffee shops in Bukit Purmei, and although I have never patronise the other one, but whenever the term Bukit Purmei Lor Mee is mentioned, it must be referring to this stall at block 109 coffee shop #01-157. You simply can’t miss it, it will be the stall with the longest queue and lots of accolades from several food events.
I went there on a Thursday afternoon, well after the busy lunch hour, yet I had to queue for around 15 minutes as there were about 7 patrons before me, nevermind the old auntie behind the counter was painfully slow because of her age.
I came here specifically for their noodle, there aren’t much thing to see in Bukit Purmei as it is a residential estate, unless one is curious enough to see a hidden kampong near block 102, which I only discovered today 😀 And since I was pretty hungry, naturally, I ordered a larger bowl (ranges from $2.50 to $3.50). If you don’t specify, they usually give you the medium thick, flat noodle. They also have kway teow, thick round noodle, and rice vermicelli (bee hoon). I notice there were three types of meat, roast pork for sure, and fried pork (without the red yeast), fish cake, bean sprout, and ngoh hiang (spiced meat roll). After the broth rinsed through the noodle, I couldn’t tell the different taste between roast pork and fried pork, but that’s not really important. What essential was the overall taste of the noodle. I couldn’t tell the exact recipe of the broth, but I know it contains a generous supply of garlic and vinegar, while offering a sweet taste, it also masked off any reminiscence of the noodle’s alkaline base.
This is when one would really appreciate an old hand behind the broth, the quality can really tells! Consider the fact I came here all the way, tells just how good their noodle is. If a Micheline 3-star defines worthy of a special journey, this is one!
And finally, let’s not put off by its location, even though the bus stop in front only serves 3 bus services, but the main road behind, Kampong Bahru Road, has more bus services plying between Outram Park MRT and Harbourfront MRT. Alighting there, the short climb uphill takes about 5 minutes.
Coffee Shop @ Block 109 Bukit Purmei Avenue #01-157
Opens Tue – Sun, 7.30am to 3.30pm
Update: The stall has relocated to Block 501 West Coast Drive Singapore 120501. Please note that the stall only operates in morning on Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun.