Cuo Cuo You Yu: New bak chor mee brand with good soup and sambal

By Evan Mua December 27, 2023
Cuo Cuo You Yu: New bak chor mee brand with good soup and sambal
A promising new brand for bak chor mee lovers to conveniently check out. Photos: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

While most of Singapore’s best bak chor mee stalls are scattered around the city’s many hawker centres, some of them can be a bit of a journey for some of us.

But most of the time, even foodies can feel a bit lazy to travel for a good bowl of bak chor mee. That’s where the new Cuo Cuo You Yu comes in.

Although new, the brand has already expanded to six outlets located at Kopitiam food courts all over the island, most of which are conveniently found in heartland malls. 

Cuo Cuo You Yu can be found at places including Punggol, Tiong Bahru, and Paya Lebar, with the latest outlet at Yishun’s Northpoint City in early December, which opened to long queues.

Comforting, well-executed noodles

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Good soup, good sambal. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Sure, food-court bak chor mee is usually not superb. But as far as bak chor mee goes, Cuo Cuo You Yu actually cooks up a good bowl for a new-ish brand.

Everything in Cuo Cuo You Yu’s Teochew-style signature bowl (S$6) was done well — the slender noodles were cooked till springy and soaked in a bath of sambal chilli, adding both oomph and spice.

But the showstopper had to be the accompanying soup, a potently flavourful concoction loaded with ingredients, including bouncy sole fish meatballs and, most surprisingly, a splendidly tender and non-powdery pork liver.

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Loaded with well-cooked ingredients. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Though at the same time, there’s also the gan lao mian (S$5) that’s similarly cooked — dry-style — but doesn’t come with the same bountiful soup.

Instead, everything is heaped onto the bowl of noodles and given the same sambal chilli. The ingredients were equally well-executed, though the flatter mee pok was slightly more overcooked.

More than noodles

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Fish soup here is good, too. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

Besides the bak chor mee, it turns out that Cuo Cuo You Yu is equally proficient at fish soup. The sliced fish spinach soup with rice (S$6) was another impressive dish, clean and crisp with a splash of spinach savouriness.

More importantly, the slices of fish were plush and immensely soft — comparable to many of the popular fish soup stalls you can find in the CBD.

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The special sambal sauce is an addictive drug. Photo: Evan Mua/HungryGoWhere

If noodles and soup aren’t what you’re looking for, a must-order at Cuo Cuo You Yu is the special sambal ho liao (S$4.50) that’s a glut of ho liao (tasty ingredients) inundated with a special dark-crimson mixture.

The sauce comes with a distinct sambal chilli umami and carries a touch of twang and sweetness. 

The robust flavours immaculately complements the ingredients, all of them sporting great textures, once again.

For more ideas on what to eat, read our stories on the best, heartiest zi char in Singapore and get your hands on these viral, stuffed croissants.  

Cuo Cuo You Yu is on the GrabFood delivery service and offers free delivery (up to S$3 off) with GrabUnlimited. 

Do explore the new GrabFood Dine-in service for awesome deals.

You can also book a ride to Cuo Cuo You Yu for some comforting bak chor mee.

Cuo Cuo You Yu

Multiple stores islandwide
Open: Operating hours vary across outlets

Multiple stores islandwide
Open: Operating hours vary across outlets

Evan Mua


Evan started off writing about food on Instagram, before joining outlets such as Buro and Confirm Good to pursue his passion. His best work usually comes after his first whisky shot in the morning.

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