Soup or Dry, This Prawn Mee Hits the Spot!

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Our Makan Kakis Lambert Chen (co-owner of Seafood Restaurant Diamond Kitchen & Modern Japanese Izakaya iKO) is back this week to tell us about his favourite place for Prawn Noodles and it’s a stall at Adam Road Food Centre that really needs no introduction. Adam Road Noo Cheng Big Prawn Noodle has been around for decades and Lambert finds himself returning often for a hearty prawn-centric meal.

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Spicy Specialty Prawn Noodles!

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Hello Makan Kakis, so the most-coveted dish of 2021 on this blog was prawn noodles. It would seem you can’t get enough of this beloved hawker dish, so how lucky are we that our Foodie Friend, author and chef of private dining outfit Fatfuku, Annette Tan is back to recommend one of her favourites?

Taking us on another traipse to the East, she loves this particular place for prawn noodles and returns often for a satisfying lunch (but this place is open all-day for breakfast to dinner, 9am -9pm). Joo Chiat Road is renowned for its cornucopia of delicious things to eat and before you conclude Annette is referring to (darling of many foodies) Da Dong Prawn Noodles, she’s instead offering up an alternative found just a few doors away – East Treasure Specialty Prawn Noodle – which she prefers.

Why? Well, just take a look at these lovely, vibrant bowls of intense prawniness! At East Treasure (by the same folks behind Aston’s), you’ll find various types of prawn noodles, from their Classic Prawn Noodles to Supreme Prawn Noodles (with prawns, pork belly slices, pork rib and pork tail), but the one Annette always goes for is their Penang Big Prawn Noodles (yes even the prawns come in different sizes – you can choose between the regular-sized or larger ones). 

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Double Prawn Power – Hae Mee & Fried Hokkien Mee

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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!

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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.

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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!

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Prawn Mee That’s Big in Name, Size & Flavour!

Fresh off his win in cooking competition Masterchef Singapore Season 2 earlier this year in April, Derek Cheong revealed that he was a huge fan of a stall called Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles. Known for his “mad scientist” culinary prowess and mastery over Asian flavours, I immediately sat up and paid attention. If it was good enough for a Masterchef, it was certainly worth the meandering forty minute drive from West to East to locate this far-flung stall.

Everything one needs to know about the stall is in its name. Found deep in a Loyang industrial estate, they specialize in dry and soup noodles, featuring prawns of a certain size. After getting slightly lost, I finally arrived at a nondescript canteen, sitting solo amongst factories and offices. Hardly an auspicious start to my foodie adventure, but one look at the prawn noodle stall confirmed my taste buds were about to get lucky.

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Even at 8am, Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles’ menu board was brightly lit, tempting customers with its variety: Big Prawn Noodles ($5, $7, $9), Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles ($5, $7, $9), Abalone Prawn Noodles ($8, $10) and XL Big Prawn Noodles ($13.80). Add-on ingredients were also available, everything from to prawn ($2 each), to abalone ($3), to pork ribs and other piggy parts like skin and intestines ($1 to $3) and the intriguing sha dan (literally sand egg in Mandarin, but described as a runny-centred egg, so-named for dim sum restaurant molten saled egg bun, liu sha bao, $1).

If I had had my way, I would have blown the budget and my belly by including them all in my order. But I was a woman on a mission to recreate a big prawn noodle experience worthy of a Masterchef. Derek had recommended that I go for the biggest portion of unadulterated dry prawn noodles with soup on the side, promising flavours both intense and umami.

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Big Prawn Noodles + bonus boozy Hotdogs & Rice Bowls!

Hello Makan Kakis!

Another week, another new Foodie Friend to meet! Xin Hui Helder-Eng is a story-teller, a copy-writer & self-confessed social media nanny who puts her lyrical skills to good use at Tie Fun Wan, her family-run Restaurant-Cafe, that serves delicious rice & noodle bowls from just $8 nett by her brother-in-law, Chef Ken Chia.

She’s also a contributor on Parched Asia, an online lifestyle magazine dedicated to the pleasures and pursuit of drinking – cocktail culture, drinking trends, interviews, great recipes, new bars, reviews, listicles and good advice.

Speaking of which, she shares with us where to go for good eats and drinks, so have a listen below for rice bowls, hotdogs, cocktails and so much more!

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First of all, you should know that Xin Hui loves dining out for food that she can’t make herself and as a die-hard Eastie, she knows her East-side eats well. In fact, she jokes that some say West is Best, people go to the East to Feast! And feast you will, at a stall that has been gaining great popularity – Da Dong Prawn Noodles in Joo Chiat.

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 – TasteHunter’s Fave Prawn Noodles

This week, we welcome a brand new Makan Kaki! Meet this Foodie Friend who has an exuberant appetite for food, life and travel – Lennard Yeong – you may find him familiar since he was one of the finalists of MasterChef Asia. Previously an engineer, he’s now a self-taught cook, TV host and also an official World’s 50 Best TasteHunter – a network of foodies who spotlight new restaurants, exciting dining collaborations and up-and-coming cuisines in the restaurant world. He is also an in-house Resident Chef for Miele, one of the sponsors of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 – the annual list of the world’s finest restaurants, which will be revealed at an awards ceremony taking place at Sands Theatre on 25 June. There are a whole slew of culinary events in the lead-up to the awards, featuring some of the world’s best chefs at the 50 Best Masterclasses, #50BestTalks series and curated gastronomic experiences throughout Marina Bay Sands.

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As a self-professed “very Cantonese boy”, Lennard enjoys soups very much, and that’s why he’s recommending his favourite prawn noodles that come with an awesome broth and a kicky chilli. The lady behind 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles is a third generation hawker whose family operates out of Whampoa, but her stall is actually in Tekka Market, Little India. As described on the stall’s Facebook page:

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East Meets West Seafood – Rice & Noodles!

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Father and son team behind the New Ubin Seafood brand are back! SM Pang (Senior) and Alex Pang (Junior) have such a passion for creating truly Singaporean Zichar that brings together traditional seafood with Western Contemporary dishes, so it is interesting to note that while they agree on many things concerning the palate, they still chose different places to recommend the last time! So how will it turn out this time?

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Let’s start with Pang Senior, who breaks away from his traditional Zichar background once again to recommend acclaimed Spanish Tapas restaurant FOC on Hong Kong Street. FOC  means fire and their food is imbued with smokiness of their special grills. According to SM Pang, when Chef Jordi is around, their tapas out of this world! But what really stands out is their excellent seafood paella. A crispy crust that sticks to the bottom of the pan is what you want and FOC absolutely delivers in this respect. With the rich, deep flavours of the ocean and the almost creamy rice that has just enough al dente bite, it’s not hard to see why paella would appeal to the Asian palate – something Pang Senior concurs with. He says it’s like the Spanish version of Cantonese Sar Po Fan (瓦煲饭 – Claypot Rice), so hes really not straying too far from his roots with this choice!

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FOC by Nandu Jubany
40 HongKong Street S(059679)
Open Daily: 12 – 3pm & 6pm – 12 midnight (Mon – Sat); 6 – 11pm (Sun)
Tel: +65 61004040

As for Alex, he also sticks to what he knows – just like last time, he recommends a stall that his father has bringing him to since he was 4 or 5 years old. You may be familiar with this famous stall – Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles at Pek Kio. The queues already start forming before the stall opens, with hungry diners waiting for their fix of the incredible noodles, especially the broth. Alex says says the prawn stock is easily the best in Singapore, hands down! It’s all in the way they slice their garlic – very thin, until it virtually melts into the soup. Most Prawn Noodles start off with a stock that is pork and prawn based, but here at Wah Kee, theirs is slanted toward an intense prawn flavour, which makes for a soup that is sharp and umami. Shiok!

Their prawns are indeed big, enormous, in fact, so be warned, a bowl can easily go for up to $20-$25, depending on what and how many you order. But rest assured there is also a more reasonable, regular bowl price which is no less delicious. Pang Senior prefers this cheaper version with the small prawns. He gets a standard $5 bowl with dry Mee Kia noodles and leaves the big prawn action for his son Alex! For him, it’s really all about the soup. As for Alex, his go-to is a large bowl of dry noodles with big prawns, plenty of extra crispy pork lard and a side order of the Kang Kong. Alex has observed that hardly anyone goes for this humble vegetable side, which is a shame, as it is done exceedingly well. Fresh, crunchy and really flavourful, the Kang Kong is braised in prawn stock and slathered another tasty sauce, but overall, there’s a definite prawn flavour that comes through beautifully.

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WAH KEE BIG PRAWN NOODLES
Pek Kio Market & Food Centre
41A Cambridge Road, #01-15, S( 210041)
Open Wed – Sun: 8:30am–2pm (Closed Mon & Tues)

So there you have it, Makan Kakis, the New Ubin guys have done it again – despite recommending 2 different makan places, both dishes are seafood based, which goes to show that when it comes to this father and son team, they are really same-same but different! 🙂

 

 

Makan Kakis Best of 2018 – Part 2

It’s time once again for Season’s Eatings and as we celebrate the end of another delicious year, welcome back to our Makan Kakis special –  we’re looking back at 2018’s most popular makan recommendations!

We continue the festive feasting with these next contenders:

For a little extra fun, head on over to Facebook now and vote for your favourite makan place out of these four selections!

To Listen/ download the podcast of this week’s Best of 2018 episode, CLICK HERE!

For last week’s list, click here: Best of Makan Kakis 2018 – Part 1.

And do tune in to Gold 905 every Thursday all this December for our four-part special, featuring the best eats of the year!