Google Hokkien mee in Singapore, and Geylang's Swee Guan Hokkien Mee will inevitably pop up. The hawker legend, frying up a storm since the 60's, is one of those heritage hawkers that still cooks with a traditional charcoal fire. Todate, Swee Guan has spawned a few cousins but loyalists will swear by this Geylang outpost as the original.
What hits you immediately about the haphazard mess of noodles is the distinct charcoal accents. This truly epitomizes "wok hei". Every mouthful guarantees a heady char.
Tantalizing smoky fragrance aside, the noodles, an assortment of thin rice vermicelli, thick rice noodles and yellow egg noodles, have been allowed to thoroughly bathe in all of that potently rich prawn stock, making the infusion so flavourful the toasty sweetish sambal served alongside is rendered quite redundant.
Three-for-three, the sparkling fresh squid and prawns are cooked perfectly. Soft with a slight chew. These are all what makes Swee Guan Hokkien Mee such a master in its class.
This $10 plate should be sufficient to feed 2, but if you're famished, get the upsized $20 plate, which usually feeds 3-4.
The stall facade for reference, but you don't really need it. Because it's self-serviced, you can't miss its signature long queue of customers waiting patiently, eyes glued to their smartphones.
Swee Guan Hokkien Mee
549 Geylang Lor 29
Sing Lian Eating House
Open daily from 5pm to 11pm