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Greetings Greedies! Boy, have we got a treat for you this week! Our Makan Kaki Chef Anthony Yeoh (Chef-owner of Summerhill) casts his culinary net once again around his Ghim Moh neighbourhood to bring us his recent discovery. Remember the good old Margaret Drive Hawker Centre? Lots of delicious things were served there, but sadly it’s since been demolished and all that’s left is a barren field. All the hawkers disappeared, leaving many of us wondering where they went. Well, Chef Tony can tell you where at least one of those hawkers moved to – the fried Hokkien Mee stall is a quite a new to Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, but it always sees long queues and sells out quickly. Whenever Chef Tony visits at noon, everything’s been snapped up and the stall’s neon red CLOSED sign is all lit up.
When Denise paid them a visit just before dinner time at 5pm, sure enough, said neon sign was on, but delicious smells were wafting from within. The chef-owner was hard at work, prepping for dinner. At this point, there were already 5 people queuing in anticipation for the stall’s opening. When his wife finally arrived, the neon sign flipped from red to green and finally, it was OPEN for business!
So why is this stall so popular? Is it nostalgia? Possibly. But Chef Tony says this is really good stuff and it’s the broth that makes this Hokkien Mee so special. It has a natural sweetness from a combination of squid, prawn heads & pork bones bubbling away in a giant pot right next to the wok. The broth is rich, savoury and is what makes this Hokkien Mee so delightfully sloppy, wet and messy – exactly how Chef Tony likes it!
So what you’ll get is an aromatic plate of mixed yellow noodles and thick rice vermicelli (chu mi fen), wok fried with fish sauce, lard and that delicious broth. A $6 portion is enough for 3 to share and is loaded with fresh juicy prawns, squid & slices of pork belly.
Add crispy fried shallot, a dash of white pepper, the solid, really spicy sambal chilli (it’s deeply umami thanks to lots of dried baby shrimp/ hae bee) and a squeeze of lime, WOW, you have a satisfyingly traditional Hokkien Mee with lots of gravy.
So if you, like Chef Tony, have been looking for it since its Margaret Drive days, here’s where you can find it!
Yuan Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee (Margaret Drive)
20 Ghim Moh Road
Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre
Open Tues-Sat: 9am – 2pm / 5 – 8pm (Closed Sun & Mon)