You haven’t really experienced Singapore till you have had at least one bowl of freshly cooked fishball noodles, commonly known as mee pok. Mee pok even has a movie named after it, The Mee Pok Man, a film made by Singaporean Eric Khoo. The film, which is a black comedy featuring a mee pok seller, entered the 19th Moscow International Film Festival and was screened at more than 30 film festivals workwide. The Mee Pok Man won the International Federation of Film Critics Award in 1995. Today, 20 years on, The Mee Pok Man is still hailed as one of Singapore’s most important films, capturing a part of Singapore’s culture so well.
Mee Pok - Fishball Noodles
Strictly-speaking, the term, mee pok simply refers to the noodle type: a yellow flat noodle. [insert pic]. It doesn’t exactly specify what goes with the noodles – fishballs or minced meat, although the default mee pok is usually served with fishballs and fishcake.
Like its cousin, bak chor mee, fishball noodles is a noodle dish. The difference is that fishball noodles is served with fish meat mainly in the form of fishballs and slices of fish cake. Some mee pok stalls do not offer the bak chor mee variation, some stalls offer both. You can usually tell from the signboards or photos what they offer.
The ingredients used in fishball noodles are very simple, yet the combination is very satisfying. The yellow noodles are made from wheat flour. The white noodle types like kway teow and mee tai mak are made from rice flour. Fishball noodles are traditionally enjoyed as a noodle soup. The soup is usually clear and made from a variety of ingredients.
You can also enjoy fishball noodles dry, like the one in the photo, with your choice of noodles tossed in a variety of sauces, such as vinegar, ketchup, chili (all or some or none). Some fishball noodles come with slices of fishcake and a scattering of minced meat, sometimes even with a slice of pork, while some stalls will serve mainly fish-based products such as fishcake and fishballs (i.e. without any pork or meat). Some stalls will include fried shallots, chopped fresh spring onions, bean sprouts or lettuce, served with a small bowl of savory soup on the side.
Enjoyed in So Many Ways
Ask any local in Singapore and they will be happy to share with you their favorite version of mee pok.
Hence for the uninitiated, the “standard” order for a bowl of fishball noodles the way you want it has a certain formula to follow. Miss out specifying one of the components, and you might end up with the “default” mee pok that the person preparing it has in mind for you. Your order would go something like this:
- Dish type: Yu Yuan (Fishball) or Bak Chor (minced pork)
- Ta or Teng (dry or soup)
- If dry – hiam or tampo hiam or mai hiam (chili or less chili or no chili)
- Noodle type (mee pok, mee kia, mee sua, kway teow, mee tai mak). Or you can simply enjoy a bowl of fishball soup without carbs!
- Special requests (no pork lard or oil, no / more vinegar, ketchup, no / more spring onions, etc)
Fishball noodles is eaten anytime of the day – for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner or even for supper.
What makes Ming Fa noodles so tasty that has our customers coming back for more?
We work hard to ensure that each bowl of dry fishball noodles has the right balance and blend of our special in-house chilli, vinegar and crispy pork lard at all our outlets. So every mouthful of Mingfa fishball is packed with spicy, tangy goodness, no matter which outlet you are at.
Our homemade noodles is specially prepared and delivered to each of our outlets on a regular basis to ensure freshness. We start with a generous portion of noodles, and cook it to al dente perfection before mixing the noodles with our special blend of in-house sauces. It takes special skill to ensure that the noodles served to you is neither too dry nor too soggy. Served with our fresh, bouncy signature fishballs and slices of fish cake in a light yet tasty soup, Ming Fa fishball noodles is one of Singapore’s best. You can also enjoy a bowl of QQ signature fishballs in soup without any noodles. Any info on soup to share? Our factory makes fishballs on a daily basis – this ensures that all our fishballs served in our fishball noodles are fresh at all out outlets at all times.
Many of our customers come back for more and ask for variations, so in response to their requests, we now not only offer our customers our fishball noodles that come with our much loved fishballs. We also have variations such as our yummy Abalone Clams noodles served with our signature Fuzhou Fishballs 鲍鱼，鲍贝，福州鱼圆面
As featured in the Straits Times and reviewed by Food Editor Tan Hsueh Yun, and on famous food blogs like Hungry Go Where and Seth Lui
Food editor Tan Hsueh Yun tests Simpang Bedok's mee pok stalls
Available Night and Day, Everyday
Good news for the mee pok lovers!
The Ming Fa at our flagship outlet at Thomson is open daily for practically 24 hours (operating hours is 9am to 5am). This is where it all began. 3pm or 3am, people from all over come to this stall for our famous fishball noodles. Bak chor mee and laksa are also available!
For the early morning mee pok lovers, the Ming Fa at Jalan Rumah Tinggi opens at 730am. And for those looking for a meal after 9pm, the Ming Fa at Simpang Bedok closes at 11pm.
In the tradition of our founder, we believe that great mee pok can be enjoyed night and day, every day, and you don’t have to be restricted to just one location to enjoy our beloved mee pok! Office workers in Chinatown can head down to our outlet in People’s Park, and those closer to the CDB area can enjoy our mee pok in Golden Shoe (Market Street Food Centre). Head down to the Ming Fa closest to you now to enjoy your mee pok!
MING FA @ CHAI CHEE
Blk 26A Chai Chee Road
MING FA @ CHINATOWN
Blk 335 Smith Street
MING FA @ GOLDEN SHOE
50 Market Street #03-34
Market Street Food Centre
MING FA @ HOLLAND VILLAGE
Holland Road Market
1 Lorong Mambong, #01-14
MING FA @ JALAN RUMAH TINGGI
Blk 37 Jalan Rumah Tinggi
MING FA @ PEOPLE’S PARK
Blk 32 New Market Road
MING FA @ SIMPANG BEDOK
328 Bedok Road
Bedok Shopping Complex
MING FA @ RAFFLES PLACE FOOD COURT
MING FA @ TEKKA CENTRE
665 Buffalo Road
MING FA @ UPPER BOON KENG MARKET
17 Upper Boon Keng Road
MING FA @ UPPER THOMSON ROAD
246b Upper Thomson Road
Thomson Garden Estate
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