Popular Old Airport Road Food Centre hawker stall Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee usually boasts a queue that is at least an hour long during peak meal times.
It is, after all, a hot fave among foodies who swear by the friendly stall uncles’ (the biz is manned by three brothers) dryer but still flavourful version of Hokkien Mee (from $5 a plate).
Each mouthful of gently moist bee hoon and noodles is infused with an umami prawn and ikan bilis stock. The copious bits of wok hei-kissed fluffy fried egg, sotong and springy prawns add even more oomph to the dish.
For those who long to get their paws on a plate but dread the idea of queueing and sweating, here is a pro tip: call up the hawkers before the stall opens at 10am to order your grub in advance.
Caveat: this is for takeaway orders only, but you get to swing by the stall at your choice of pickup time, grab your piping hot packets of mee and be on your merry way ASAP.
If you prefer your Hokkien mee plated, you’d still have to wait for it the old-fashioned way. We say the tapow-ed noodles are just as tasty, and saves precious time — you could always look for a seat, tear open your packet and dig in on the spot, if you wish.
This stall’s dish is one of the nominees in our inaugural Eat Dirty Awards’ Hokkien Mee category. See who else made it to the Top Four by visiting www.8days.sg/eatdirty.
Nam Sing Hokkien Mee is at #01-32, Blk 51 Old Airport Rd, S390051. Tel: 6440-5340. Open daily 10am till sold out. Visit www.8days.sg/eatdirty to see which are our favourite Hokkien mee stalls in Singapore.