Silver Travel Cook Club - May 2021

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Silver Travel Cook Club Singapore Tourism BoardThis month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a recipe for 'Bak Chor Mee' (minced meat noodles) by Singaporean chef and TV host, Sarah Huang Benjamin, inspired by sponsor Singapore Tourism Board.

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Recipe: 'Bak Chor Mee' (minced meat noodles) by Singaporean chef and TV host, Sarah Huang Benjamin

Serves: 1


  • A handful of shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 shallots
  • 100g minced meat
  • Noodles – usually mee pok (flat egg noodles) or mee kia (thin egg noodles)
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar, soya sauce, sambal tumis, oyster sauce, sesame oil, sugar
  • ¼ of tablespoon of brown sugar


Peel and slice the shallots.

Soak the dried shiitake mushrooms in water for some time. When done, squeeze the moisture out.

Braise the mushrooms. Pour just a little bit of the water that was used for soaking the mushrooms and add some soya sauce, a little bit of oyster sauce and a bit of sugar. Braise these for half an hour on a low heat.

Put some oil on a saucepan on a low heat. Add the sliced shallots. Once cooked, take them out and put them on a plate.

Add the minced meat to the empty saucepan where the shallots were cooked. Once the meat is totally cooked through, strain it out and put them on a plate.

For the Bak Chor Mee sauce, use the oil used for cooking the shallots and meat and add vinegar, soya sauce, mushroom sauce and sambal tumis. Mix.

Noodles: Bring water to the boil, add a spoon of baking soda and the noodles. Once cooked, put the noodles into a bowl. Pour the sauce over the noodles and mix.

Transfer the noodles into a plate. Put the minced meat and shallots crisps on top of the noodles; and the braised mushrooms and some lettuce on a side. Enjoy!

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  • JulieAAA
    4 months ago
    I love Dutch poffertjes available from many street sellers all over the Netherlands.
  • Slackdad1
    5 months ago
    Hot dog, outside Stamford Bridge!
  • Twiddle
    5 months ago
    Ho Chi Minh city street food.
  • shellee1
    5 months ago
    Empanadas in Buenos Aires - divine!
  • ChristineT
    5 months ago
    A Portugese custard tart from a small bakery stumbled on while wandering around Porto...can still taste that creamy, cinammony (is that a word?) custard in the crisp flaky pastry...yummm...
  • you
    5 months ago
    All my family like to which ones will have this interesting little book....
  • SilverTravelEditor
    5 months ago
    My favourite street food was at the New Market in Kolkata, India . Kolkata has a vibrant street food scene, with the roads around New Market awash with vendors selling typical Bengali snacks including the kati roll, a concoction of spiced meat and vegetables wrapped in paratha flatbread. Shameless plug but I wrote a chapter on the market for The World Atlas of Street Food, published by Thames and Hudson which also includes a couple of chapters on the wonderful street markets in Singapore. All your comments are whetting my appetite for an early lunch and to find some street food in London.
  • Barbarasct
    5 months ago
    My first taste of truffle oil in Covent Garden
  • Saharapop
    5 months ago
    Tibetan street food in Goa was amazing. Although I did baulk a little at finding a whole, tiny tongue in my soup.
  • Hawkeye69
    5 months ago
    Georgetown,Penang 1996...Amazing street food- shame about the rats !!
  • Ozdevon
    6 months ago
    Singapore 1978 the street food was tasty & cheap just what I wanted on my limited budget.
  • Di
    6 months ago
    Chinatown in Singapore gave me my most memorable street food experience. We stopped for a cooling drink at a red and yellow cafe on a corner, but ended up staying the shole afternoon. Fascinating food and an ever changing sea of people passing by.
  • cidney
    6 months ago
    Well I haven't left the country for the last 15 or so years and I don't think I've ever had any street food, they don't serve up any round here!
  • Bigfella
    6 months ago
    Lucky enough to visit Singapore in 2016 and street food was incredible but as part of trip we also visited Kuala Lumpur and Penang and the food experience there was equally as good (even if I had to swap with my better half who often chose something and then didnt like it!).
  • GypsyWanderer
    6 months ago
    Ho Chi Minh city immediately springs to mind. The sounds, sights and smells tantalising ones taste buds and the choice! I wanted to try everything but in one night that was not possible. Had I been staying longer I would have been there every night.
  • susan_13
    6 months ago
    Bratwurst in Gothenburg, had to have more than one, and so many delicious ones in Singapore including one Dollar ice cream in rainbow bread!
  • Hitchin_Pete
    6 months ago
    My wife and I had wonderful street food in Hanoi old town in Vietnam. We didn't know what it was (some sort of fish) but it was delicious, with a lovely sauce. A real surprise. We went back the next day for more!
  • Stonedecroze
    6 months ago
    Eaten so much amazing street food too hard to pick the best ever. Though one of the most memorable was my first Masala Dosa in Srinagar, Kashmir in1983.
  • Ermintrude1
    6 months ago
    Satay at the open air Satay Club in Singapore > 30 years ago.
  • SilverTravelUser_2639
    6 months ago
    Vietnamese street food, so good.
  • GrahamRobinson
    6 months ago
    Can anything beat a bag of proper English chips with salt and vinegar? I have had great street food all over the world from kushari in Cairo to tacos in Tijuana but still nothing beats chips!
  • Hardyplant
    6 months ago
    I had my best ever street food last week in Faversham, Kent. Macknade Fine Foods is an amazing food hall that normally has a cafe but with current Covid rules there is a Food Village outside instead. There are different options available - Asian food, wood fired pizza, burgers, etc. I was spoilt for choice but chose from the Silver Birch Fusion Menu: hickory smoked mac'n'cheese balls rolled in panko breadcrumbs served with sriracha aioli, chilli pickle pineapple salsa and micro greens. Absolutely delicious, and all the better because it was the first time in ages I'd eaten out, really out, on well spaced picnic tables in the cold but sunny area outside the food hall.
  • DRSask
    6 months ago
    My best ever street food was from a food truck in Regina, Saskatchewan 8 years ago. Bon Burger specialized in burgers and fries (chips) and the line up was always very long but the wait was well worth it. Home made burgers with a variety of different toppings and fresh cut potatoes for the perfect chips. The burger was juicy and delicious with local cheddar cheese and onions. So many burgers are lack luster but this was divine! Sadly it looks like it's gone down hill since then.