This heavenly eatery by the name of “Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle” is certainly one that deserve this recognition long ago into the international stage & I am certainly unsurprised by its most recent prestigious award clinched.
Located amidst the neighbourhood in Lavender, it has been serving its signature pork noodle dish ever since 1932, dating back to a couple of heritage generations.
Just from a far distance away while queuing up for your order, one would definitely be awed by a very aromatic & distinctive smell of smoked vinegar coming out from the kitchen.
The smell of smoked vinegar is indeed the heirloom recipe for the remarkable sauce, setting itself uniquely from others. It was definitely no surprise to have found myself joining in a long stretch of ongoing queue despite the rather odd hours of the afternoon.
Even at such higher prices, you would be surprised that many of its customer who are in the queue were actually the locals who just could not wait to come back for more!
You can certainly rely on the prices & the line of queue for your best judgement of the food quality for this dish!
As for this meal, I have decided to settle down for its small portion of dry mee pok noodles with chilli to satisfy my craving!
The smoked vinegar immediately stood out from the sauce that contains a slightly blend of saltiness that is bound together with some minimal taste of sweetness & spiciness.
Indeed, this is absolutely the main reason for its key success in setting out to differentiate itself from others, opening up to a whole new level of flavour that you are certainly sure not to have tasted anything like this before! Needless to say, anything that is being cooked with that sauce is totally beyond words to describe.
It has an unbelievably good texture that is very silky & most importantly having the great absorption technique of “taking in” all the richness from the sauce that it is immersed in.
The unique texture of the noodle is so enjoyable with every bite that it totally drives you back immediately to dig in for more.
It is partly due to the combination with the fragrance of the smoked vinegar sauce, making it so irresistible on every single bite that I must highlight on!
The pork liver, meatball, wanton dumpling & soft minced pork were all very chewy in texture that has undeniably absorbed that mind-blowing sauce which is similar to the noodles.
The pork liver in particular has that distinctive raw organ flavour which may not be so suitable for the faint hearted. On the other hand, I really treasured the one & only piece of flatfish which is truly unique as it gives off a very crunchy taste that adds on to the overall chewing experience!
It had contained a pleasant & smooth minced pork flavour along with some spring onions, giving off as a final touch for cleansing your palate before digging in for more!
I really enjoyed how typically a complementary soup tend to be just plain & purely watery like, but I am glad that they did paid some attention into the soup, while ensuring that it complements the overall dish at a smaller & important perspective.
It was such a priceless joy & satisfaction, making the amount of money spent all well worth it which fully justify the slightly higher price that one is paying for!
I will definitely not hesitate to just dive in into the $6 or even the $8 portion because the noodles are just too addictive along with the sauces, making myself craving badly for more during every end of a meal! Indeed, this eatery is truly exemplary that really lives up to its reputation for clinching the prestigious & renowned One Michelin Star award!
Opening Hours: Mon – Sun: 09:00 – 21:00 (Closed: Every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month)
Tel: +65 62927477
- SGD $5.00 – Minced Meat Noodle (Small)
- SGD $6.00 – Minced Meat Noodle (Regular)
- SGD $8.00 – Minced Meat Noodle (Medium)
- SGD $10.00 – Minced Meat Noodle (Large)