Ma Bo Lor Mee 蔴坡卤面 @ ABC Brickworks Food Centre

May was transferred to work in another location (away from her head office) which was along Bukit Merah Road. Last week, I followed Ross to fetch her when she had to work late that evening of 17th September. After that, we went to a nearby hawker centre – ABC Brickworks Food Centre (the locals simply call this market, ABC).

When we arrived at ABC, almost all the hawker stalls within sight were bustling except for one. That stall had a very long queue earlier and we wanted to wait out for it to be shorter but by the time Ross went over to place our orders, they just about half-closed their shutters. The lady boss apologised profusely saying that they had already taken their last order for the day and was waiting for the cooks to finish up dishing the last few plates. It was only nearly 8pm! Wow!!! I told May and Ross we must come back for it.

Meanwhile, I scouted around with my eyes. Actually, I’d only turned 180 degrees and saw one of my favourite noodle dish. Needless to say, that would be the next best available option for me. Lor Mee!

ABC Brickworks Ma Bo Lor Mee Stall

I asked this lady what Ma Bo stood for and she replied that the boss was from Muar ( a town in Johor, Malaysia) which is “Ma Bo” in dialect.

“Muar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia to be visited and explored for its food, coffee and historical buildings from the pre-war. An alternative name to it is Bandar Maharani. It is declared the Royal City of Johor and is the fourth largest city (after Johor Bahru, Batu Pahat and Kluang) of the state of Johor, Malaysia. It is geopolitically situated in Muar District in the region or area of Muar in northwestern Johor, Malaysia.” – Wikipedia

ABC Brickworks Ma Bo Lor Mee

My Lor Mee up-sized!

“Lor mee (鹵麵) is a Chinese-inspired noodle dish served in a thick starchy gravy and thick flat yellow noodles. The dish is eaten by Hokkiens in Singapore and Malaysia. The thick gravy is made of corn starch, spices and eggs.” – Wikipedia

May had gone to the ATM and upon returning saw me at the stall waiting for my meal. She came over and said that it looked delicious and she would have the same. I told her I had ordered the bigger portion at S$3.50.

ABC Brickworks Ma Bo Lor Mee

May’s order also up-sized.

A good Lor Mee should have al dente flat yellow wheat noodles, rich flavoursome “Lor” which is the braising liquid of pork belly and 5-spice. The broth should be starchy with generous egg ribbons in it. Secondary ingredients vary from hawker to hawker but this stall really scored with crispy golden meaty fish nuggets, pork belly slices, thickly sliced ngoh hiang (meat roll), sliced deep-fried fish cakes and hard-boiled egg steeped in the “Lor”.

ABC Brickworks Ma Bo Lor Mee

I tend to garnish my bowl with lots of cilantro, minced raw garlic, red cut chillies and loads of black vinegar for that acidic sourish punch to ease the heaviness of the meal!
This stall complied with all that makes a good Lor Mee except for the missing egg ribbons.

I was a little shocked when May marvelled (not at the S$2.50 pricing but) at the inclusion of battered fish. She has never had one with them. I told her that there’s a stall in North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre, Zhen Hao Lor Mee, that sells it with an option of a huge piece of “fish & chip sized” fish fillet.

I tried searching for my post on Zhen Hao Lor Mee (珍好卤面) to show May but couldn’t find it. Bad blog housekeeping, Samantha! Note to self, “Tidy up your blog!”

Alright, I side tracked. Did I like this Lor Mee and will I eat them again? The answer is yes to both even though I like the Lor Mee from Tiong Bahru Market and North Bridge Road Food Centre better. I still cannot believe I have not blog about Zhen Hao!

Ross doesn’t eat pork so he ordered the following items which I am posting as token shots to remember what we had eaten. This blog is my personal journal after all. In my opinion, the BBQ Chicken Wings and especially the Otah do not deserve a mention so I am not naming the stalls. These hawkers still need to make a living but if you happened to be in ABC and want these aforementioned items, order with your eyes wide open and follow your olfactory sense! As for the Popiah, they weren’t too bad but my personal preference is for the squishy ones.

ABC Brickworks BBQ Chicken Wings

Hawker-styled BBQ Chicken Wings.

ABC Brickworks Otah Otah

Otah Otah or Otak Otak is fish paste (this is spicy and there’s the whitish non-spicy version) wrapped in coconut leaves and grilled till cooked.
These were overly dry. I wonder if they were re-grilled from earlier or worse still, the day before’s batches!
Tasted yucky, too!

ABC Brickworks Popiah

The Popiah (fresh Spring Rolls) seemed popular but I can do without them.
I prefer the overly moist ones from Newton Circus which never fails to render the crepe soggy.

Ross said as I got out of the car, “We’ll go to ABC again before Wednesday.”

Stay tuned for the meal we originally wanted but missed! 🙂

Ma Bo (孖宝) Lor Mee 蔴坡卤面
Address: ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre.
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, Unit #01-139.
Singapore 150006.

Happy eating and bonding 🙂

Other stalls in ABC Brickworks Food Centre:

8 Responses to “Ma Bo Lor Mee 蔴坡卤面 @ ABC Brickworks Food Centre”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    It sounds like you like your Lor Mee to be very traditional. Do you mind when traditional food/flavours are altered for the sake of being different?

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