Bak Chor Mee Soup (Minced Pork Noodle Soup)
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Recipe type: Noodles
Cuisine: Singapore
Serves: serves 4
  • Main:
  • 70 – 80g fresh thin yellow noodles (mee kia) - per person
  • 2 red chillies - sliced
  • 2 stalks spring onions – chopped
  • Pork lard – as much as you like (click here on how to make your own)
  • White pepper to taste
  • Soup base:
  • 5 litres water
  • 500 to 700g pork spare ribs / pork bone
  • 100g yellow soy bean – soaked for 1 hour
  • 2 large dried sole fish – heat in pan over medium low heat until crispy
  • 80g dried anchovies – gut and head removed, rinsed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Few dashes of white pepper
  • 1 packet pork meatballs
  • Minced pork seasoning:
  • 300g minced pork
  • 300 g water
  • 1 ½ tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Few dashes white pepper
  1. Bring a large pot of water to boil and add in pork ribs. Boil over medium high heat for 5 mins.
  2. Drain and rinse pork ribs from impurities.
  3. In another large pot, add in pork ribs, along with water, yellow soy beans, anchovies and sole fish.
  4. Bring to boil and simmer for 2 hours. Alternatively, you could cook the soup in a pressure cooker.
  5. Remove ingredients from the soup.
  6. Add in salt, sugar and pepper. Taste and adjust with more seasoning if needed.
  7. Place pork meatballs in the soup and bring to boil again. You do not need to remove the meatballs from the soup.
  8. The soup base is ready.
  9. Prepare minced pork mixture by adding all the ingredients together and mixing it well.
  10. It should look like a liquid-y meat paste.
  11. Assemble all your main ingredients together.
  12. Cook noodles for about 30 seconds in a pot of boiling water. I recommend cooking each portion individually.
  13. Rinse cooked noodles in cold water to remove excess starch.
  14. Place noodles in a serving bowl.
  15. Scoop 2 to 3 tbsp of minced pork mixture in a small bowl and pour a ladle of boiling pork soup into it. It is important that the soup is in boiling mode so the minced pork will be almost cooked.
  16. Mix the bowl of minced pork gently and pour onto the noodles.
  17. Ladle more pork soup and pork meatballs into the serving bowl. The minced pork will be fully cooked by now.
  18. Garnish with pork lard, red chilli and spring onions. Finish with a few dashes of white pepper.
  19. Serve immediately.
Recipe by Bear Naked Food at