Hor Fun!

‘Hor Fun’ refers to a broad flat Chinese noodle made from rice. It is generally white in color, broad, and somewhat slippery with a slightly elastic chewy texture. In Singapore Hor Fun is served in a variety of different ways, and while it is not as common as other dishes I have introduced it is still found in many food courts across the country.

Hor Fun is most commonly served in a light coloured gravy or a similar looking egg sauce (though this varies from stall to stall) and is usually accompanied by vegetables such as cabbage, chye sim and mushrooms as well as either beef, fish or other seafood. The gravy has a sweet salty flavour which goes well with the noodles, and many people will enjoy this dish with sliced green chili to add some sour spice. Below is a photo of the vegetarian Hor Fun served at the great vegetarian food stall at Coffee City, Block 728, Ang Mo Kio Ave 6.

Fried Hor Fun (Dry) is less common, perhaps due to its similarity to Char Kway Teow, but I’m still going to mention it because I really enjoy this dish. Its ingredients are similar to the wet Hor Fun shown above, but it is lightly fried in oil rather than served in sauce and I feel this gives it a fresher lighter taste, and making a great dish for those who don’t like heavy sauces. Below is a photo of the Fried Hor Fun from the same vegetarian stall.

Another way in which hor fun noodles are served in Singapore is in a dish known as Ipoh Hor Fun. As you can expect from the name, this dish originated in the city of Ipoh, Malaysia. In this dish the hor fun noodles are often thinner and softer and are served in either soup or a brown gravy and topped with shredded chicken and prawns.  Below is a photo of the vegetarian Ipoh Hor Fun from Mai Zhi Su Vegetarian, which serves the brown sauce version of the dish.

If my friends in Perth develop a liking for Ipoh style Hor Fun, there is actually a very good restaurant on Canning Hwy in Applecross named Ipoh Garden, where they serve an authentic Ipoh Hor Fun, as well as a delicious sticky date pudding.

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