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I don’t think that anyone has written a listicle on Pig Trotters Bee Hoon aka Ter Kah Bee Hoon 猪脚罐头炒米粉 yet, because it has been quite an under-rated and unassuming dish.
Hands up for those who miss your grandma’s version?
My ah-ma used to teach me how to fry this bee hoon with just a couple of ingredients – the must-have Nariccus brand of canned stewed pig trotters, vermicelli, vegetables, braised mushrooms, oyster sauce and another secret sauce.
So why eat this outside when you can jolly well cook a big portion at home for a fraction of the price?
A couple of restaurants have actually come out with their own take of this nostalgic homely dish – so it is quite a comforting journey to try different home-style recipes.
Plus I think it is one of those zi char items that still travel well after dabao and delivery.
Hungry? Here are 8 places you can have your Pork Trotters Bee Hoon if you are lazy to cook at home:
Sum Kee Food
2 Telok Blangah Street 31, Singapore 108942
Tel: +65 6737 3233
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Known for its Salted Egg Chicken, I remember trying Sum Kee Food very, very long ago when I was still at Zion Road. There are now two outlets at Telok Blangah and Yung Ho Road (Jurong). Both are slightly hard to find if you do not drive.
Sum Kee’s signature Pig Trotters Bee Hoon ($21, good for 2-3 pax) is well-loved by its customers, cooked with pig trotters, mushroom, choy sum and chestnuts in a fragrant braised sauce.
I particularly found the gao luck be a differentiating factor, cooked till soft with an earthy taste,.
The cooked vermicelli was moist and silky, very flavourful after it absorbed all of its flavours. One of the bee hoon that got a tick on most of its components.
Via https://sumkee.oddle.me/en_SG/. Islandwide $5 delivery with min spend of $38, cxcluding Eve of PH & PH.
Enjoy Eating House and Bar
383 Jalan Besar, Kam Leng Hotel, Singapore 209001
Tel: +65 9299 1601
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm
Enjoy Eating House and Bar has been slowly earning foodie fans with its home-style yet innovative dishes.
Its Grandma’s “Te Kah” Bee Hoon 招牌猪脚米粉 (from $12.80) is so named because the original recipe came from Chef Joel Ong’s grandmother. She was also the one who inspired Chef to open a local restaurant.
What is special about their pork trotters is that it is not from a can, but braised in-house with over 30 different herbs, spices and ingredients in the sauce.
Also, only fresh, non-frozen pork trotters are used, and they are cooked from 4 to 6 hours for maximum tenderness.
The bee hoon is wok fried first, then cooked with the sauce, complete with wok hei.
1 Fusionopolis Pl, #01-15 Galaxis, Singapore 138632
Tel: +65 9384 5639
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Empress Porridge serves up a variety of dishes that have a homely feel, from congee, popiah to sliced fish soup.
Theirs is quite unlike the usual style, not as saucy compared to the usual wet bee hoon cooked with the sauce from the can.
Their pork trotters are braised for two days with five different spices for the flavours to be infused in the meat and skin for a flavourful treat.
The dish is also served with braised cabbage, omelette, and crispy beancurd skin for a mix of textures. And so yes, it does have a homecooked feel compared to the usual more ‘commercial’ versions.
Cheng’s 27 (Tiong Bahru)
27 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168654
Tel: +65 6223 7883
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Cheng’s 27 at Tiong Bahru offers home-style dishes for lunch and dinner, sourcing its fresh ingredients from the markets daily.
The one dish I would usually go for is the Canned Pig Trotters Bee Hoon ($20.00).
This came in a rather saucy version yet the bee hoon did not taste too soggy and retained its bite.
I do not know what else they added to the base, but the flavours were robust and well-infused within the vermicelli.
The cooking is also more home-style, not as oily and salty.
Island-wide delivery is available with no minimum order.
– From Wed – Mon, 10.30am – 9pm. Closed Tues
– $10 for areas within a 3km radius
– $11 – $18 for other areas
– Free delivery on orders above $150
– Estimated delivery time is 30mins to 90mins depending on your location
– Tracking will be provided via WhatsApp when order is ready for delivery
– Place order via +65 6223 7883 or +65 9847 4716
Sin Hoi Sai – Tiong Bahru
55 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-59 Singapore 160055
Tel: +65 6223 0810
Opening Hours: 4pm – 4am (Mon – Sun)
Sin Hoi Sai Eating House – Katong
187 East Coast Road Singapore 428893
Tel: +65 6440 6956
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
There are two Sin Hoi Sai 新海山 in Singapore – one at Tiong Bahru, and the other called “Sin Hoi Sai Eating House” at East Coast.
The one dish I would often order there is the Pig Trotters Bee Hoon ($10), because it is a dish that is getting harder to find, and Sin Hoi Sai makes a much saucier version than the usual.
The restaurant uses a self-made marinate (rather than from the can) before cooking with ingredients such as spring onions, vegetables, then stir-fried with oyster and dark soya sauce.
The Sin Hoi Sai at East Coast is offering islandwide delivery, link here: https://sinhoisai.ezqr.sg/.
Delivery charges are $6 within 6km, and $12 above 6km from the East Coast outlet (Postal code 428893).
FREE delivery for locations within 3km, or with spending above $60 (within 6km) or $100 (above 6km).
You can also call +65 6440 6956, operating hours will be from 12pm to 12am.
Far East Plaza 02-10/11/12/13, 14 Scotts Road Singapore 228213
Tel: +65 6365 0501
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Perhaps you have never heard of Maddie’s Kitchen before, located on one end of Level 2 Far East Plaza.
Their Braised Pork Trotter Bee Hoon is not cooked from the usual canned ones, but made in-house from scratch using a special blend of sauces and spices.
The pork trotter was first braised for hours, then added with premium shiitake mushrooms and chestnuts, resulting in a rich broth.
After which, the beehoon would be then cooked fresh and fried upon order.
So comparing this with what I would usually get from the zi char shops, this tasted healthier, not so salty, but perhaps the bee hoon could have absorbed more of the sauce for umami-ness.
Islandwide delivery is available for Maddie’s Kitchen, with a minimum order of $30 via https://maddieskitchen.oddle.me/en_SG/
Less than 10km – $8
More than 10km – $10
No public holidays surcharge
Eastern House of Seafood Delicacy
46 Geylang Lor 23 Singapore 388375
Tel: +65 9150 8172
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Eastern House of Seafood Delicacy is known for its Steamboat Fish Head, Salted Egg Crabs, Black Pepper Crab, Grill Sotong, Assam Fish Head, and Salted Egg Chicken.
The Fried Bee Hoon with Pig Trotters ($10, $20) comes across almost like Sin Chow Bee Hoon as its style is on the drier and slightly oily side.
Still quite a comforting and flavourful version, but I could imagine people preferring a more moist take.
WhatsApp 9339 0714 for details.
Cheng Ji 成记
Adam Road Food Centre #01-24, 2 Adam Rod, Singapore 289876
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
While all the other Pig Trotters Bee Hoon I found are within restaurants or zi char eateries, this is one sold by a hawker stall.
Cheng Ji 成记 at Stall 24 of Adam Road Food Centre sells the typical hawker dishes of Fried Kway Teow, Fried Hokkien Mee and Fried Ee Mee, but somewhere in its menu is Pork Leg Bee Hoon.
A plate is priced at $5, $8 or $12.
The familiar yellow Narcissus cans of pork trotters are found behind the display shelf.
This is as homely as it gets I suppose, surprisingly on the bland side but the chilli and lime helped lift up the flavours.
Probably the most affordable plate if you are not for cooking this at home.
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