Nam Sing is the go-to place in Singapore for the Hokkien fried noodles, being touted by foodies, foodbloggers & local hawker food aficionados as serving the BEST fried Hokkien noodles on the island.
Hour-long queues at Nam Sing is quite common, but if one can go at around 10.30am when it's first opened, you don't have to queue or even wait 3 minutes to be served a plate of steaming hot, freshly-fried Hokkien noodles. Nam Sing's version is atypical of Singaporean Hokkien fried noodles - a mixture of yellow Hokkien egg noodles & thin rice noodles (bee hoon) fried with beansprouts, pork, squid rings & dhrimps till fragrant, before a thin pork-prawn gravy is added. It's served with cut red chillis (no sambal/chilli paste here) & a calamansi lime to be squeezed over the noodles.
Nam Sing no doubt served the best version I'd tried in Singapore but, after experiencing KL's various types of fried noodles (Cantonese-style, Hokkien-style, Hakka-style, etc) with their requisite "wok-hei" fragrance (Malaysians still used charcoal burners & stoves to fry at high heat) & liberal use of pork lard for added flavors, Nam Sing's Hokkien fried noodles' taste seemed anti-climactic after all these months of longing & heightened expectations.
Still, it's worth a trip to Old Airport Road Food Centre - often regarded as the best food/hawker centre in Singapore.
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee (Hougang)
Block 51, Old Airport Road Food Centre
19 Old Airport Road
Nearest MRT: Mountbatten