Remember I was lamenting the severe lack of an economical bee hoon place? I finally found it! Well, it's not so much a new discovery as it is a rediscovery. Turns out, I only had to dig deep into my subconscious to way back when I was still a young 'un. Pops had once made a pitstop here for breakfast before sending me to school.
Yip Economical Bee Hoon has probably been around longer than I have. It's frequented by taxi drivers, the original food gurus of our island, before everyone started calling themselves one by virtue of a food blog. The carpark is awash with taxi cabs (I think there are more taxi cabs here than there are private cars!) so you know, as you join the long snaking queue (it moves quite quickly though), that the stuff here is going to be good. And cheap. Price points here are a throwback to the hawker centres of the yesteryears, with a heaping plate of economic noodles with a couple of toppings costing less than 2 bucks.
This is exclusively a breakfast place though. Scrap that. It's an early-bird breakfast place, with a strong emphasis on "early", because, believe it or not, it sells out by 10am. We had to drag our heavy, uncooperative butts out of bed, groggy eyed all, over the weekend just to make it to breakfast.
The noodles here are very well done, great flavour and texture. The luncheon meat here is coated with a beaten egg before frying, elevating the traditionally peasant food to more unique fare. And despite the sometimes slightly overcooked whites, the yolks of the fried eggs are always done to a semi-runny perfection. The chilli here is quite the kickass sidekick as well. It's the traditional economic noodles type of watery sambal, and not the thick nasi lemak type. Sharp, spicy as hell with a mild sour hint to brighten it up. I like mine pure fried bee hoon (rice vermicelli), topped with an egg and a luncheon meat, and bathed in the awesome sambal. I actually went back for another 2 huge scoops of sambal.
The Hubs prefers the half-and-half (read: a mix of fried rice vermicelli and fried yellow egg noodles) with loads of his favourite luncheon meat, and a dollop of the sambal.
The stall facade for reference.
Yip Economical Bee Hoon
Blk 115 Bukit Merah View
115 Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre #01-33