If you ask Singaporeans what their favourite local dishes are, you’re probably going to get responses like laksa, chicken rice or even chilli crab. In my opinion, satay bee hoon, though not as pretty as other hawker dishes, simply doesn’t get enough love. One of my favourite dishes, satay bee hoon features thin rice vermicelli that’s smothered in a fragrant chilli-based peanut sauce. If you’re itching to get a taste of this Teochew dish, there’s no better place to visit than Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon!
Located in Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, you’ll definitely have heard of Sin Chew if you live in the area. If you’re unfamiliar with the stall, it’s not hard to find — just look for the long, snaking queue. Be warned though, not only does the stall open at 5pm on weekdays, it’s also closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday! I arrived at 6pm on a Thursday and was met with a 30-minute queue. But trust me, it’s worth the wait.
Their Satay Bee Hoon ($ 4/$ 5/$ 6) is my favourite thing to eat when I’m at Bukit Timah Food Centre. It looks like a mess, but the luscious satay sauce is to die for. I ordered the smallest $ 4 portion and still received a sizeable plate of rice vermicelli. Not that you can see it though, it’s practically drowning in the satay sauce, as it should be! There’s also a generous amount of ingredients which includes tau pok, pork slices and cuttlefish. The vermicelli came with just one prawn, which made the dish seem a little sad.
The combination of the bee hoon and the satay sauce was a match made in heaven. Prepare for a tantalising bite from the springy, al dente bee hoon, which was thoroughly coated with the creamy satay gravy. Leaning more towards sweet than spicy, the satay sauce was also smoother and more refined than other versions I’ve had. It wasn’t too rich, so I managed to gobble down the entire plate with ease. The nutty aroma was pronounced and appetite whetting. This dish is hearty, satisfying, and so incredibly addictive.
The slices of pork weren’t super’ tender, but they added a much-needed meaty element to the dish. The tau pok had also soaked up the sauce, and provided a burst of nutty-goodness. The springy, yet tender, pieces of cuttlefish added a light, refreshing touch to the dish.
Sin Chew serves up one other dish — Cuttlefish Kang Kong ($ 4/$ 5/$ 6). Honestly, I had never heard of this dish before I patronised this stall. You can choose to have it with or without bee hoon.
This was my first time ordering the dish, so I really didn’t know what to expect. The vibrant dish comprises kang kong, cuttlefish, beansprouts, and cucumber doused in a sweet and sour red sauce that brilliantly complemented the freshness of the crunchy vegetables. Mixing in their house-made sambal is a must, as it adds a robust flavour and a touch of heat. This dish is a lovely, and refreshing contrast to the satay bee hoon!
Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon is adored by Bukit Timah residents. You can tell by the perpetually long queue. In fact, business is so good that they can afford to be open for just four days a week! Do take note of their sporadic opening hours to avoid disappointment.
Address: 51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-162 Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre, Singapore 588215
Mobile: 9826 0782
Opening Hours: Wednesday & Thursday: 5pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday: 11am to 2:30pm & 5pm to 10pm. Closed on Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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