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Hi Makan Kakis, this week our foodie friend, Fly Entertainment CEO and owner of Bar NKD, Fry Bistro & Soi Candy Thai Noodle and Seafood Bar, Irene Ang returns with another solid makan place for us to check out. Last time she was with us, she recommended her favourite old school laksa lemak, which often sees long queues. But if youdon’t fancy the wait, you must try another stall in the same Mayflower Food Centre – 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle. Irene says their specialties are also very good!
Their Prawn Noodles (soup & dry), as well as Fried Hokkien Mee boast old-school flavours too. And in case there was any doubt, the stall is really run by 3 sisters! According to Irene, there you’ll see the eldest sister in charge, taking orders, a 2nd sister cooking prawn noodles and a 3rd sister frying the Hokkien Mee.
You have to admit, it’s a brilliant idea to sell both types. The same fragrant prawn stock from the prawn noodles is used in the making of their hokkien mee, which brings a lovely synergy to both dishes, whether you enjoy your noodles soup, dry or drenched in gravy!
In the noodle soup, you’ll get a pure pork bone & sweet prawn flavour that is deep, rich and fragrant. A generous bowl of 4 prawn slices, 4 slices of pork, 4 slices of fishcake & noodles (your choice of signature yellow mee, kway teow, beehoon or mee kia – thin egg noodles) costs just $3.50. Kang kong (morning glory leaves), bean sprouts & fried shallots complete the dish.
As for the dry version (also $3.50), their signature noodle is mee kia (but you can choose whatever you prefer), tossed in an umami sambal chilli full of briny shrimp flavour. This is an excellent choice if you want the best of both worlds – saucy, spicy noodles and a deliciously nourishing bowl of complimentary soup on the side. Plenty of aromatic fried shallots add extra flavour, as they melt into the soup and release their caramelised sweetness.
Oh, and for extra seasoning & spiciness, be sure to put the little dishes of red chilli padi in light soy sauce to good use!
Round off your meal with a must-try plate of fried Hokkien Mee ($4/ $5) – sloppingly wet with lots of gravy, slurpingly good to the bite! Completing the holy trinity of prawny power, this noodle dish has wok hei, depth of flavour and boasts a mouthwateringly tangy sambal chilli that really works with the lusciousness of the noodles. For those who love the lift of something zesty, be sure to squeeze over even more lime – a whole fruit sits invitingly next to the sambal with each serving. The plate of oozy, eggy fried mee is studded with slivers of pork belly, squid, cai xin and a couple of prawn slices.
To quote Irene, the food here is “simple, cheap and nice”. Indeed, these are hawker dishes done well, no bells & whistles, just classic, tasty and very affordable. The sisters’ warm and friendly service, as well as their delicious signature noodles means the stall sees a steady stream of customers at the stall daily, but they manage their business efficiently and the queue moves pretty quickly.
P.S. One more dish to note: quite a number of customers also ordered their $3 plates of Mee Rebus, smothered in gravy & lavishly drizzled with sticky dark kicap manis. Another reason to return to 3 Sisters!
photo by 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle Facebook.
3 SISTERS PRAWN NOODLE
Mayflower Market and Food Centre
62 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-06, S(560162).
Open: 6am – 3pm (Closed on Tuesdays)
Tel: +65 94523328