SINGAPORE: Prawn noodles can be controversial. One might question what truly makes a good bowl of noodles as cooking Hokkien Yellow Noodles, or Bee Hoon (vermicelli) is more straightforward than cooking some mee pok.
These are four components that make up a good bowl of prawn mee.
It must use fresh prawns with a firm texture when you bite into it
A super umami broth must accompany it with a strong prawn flavour
If accompanied with pork ribs, the pork ribs must be well seasoned and soft.
The noodles should be flavoured with pork lard. However, if there is no lard, there must be excellent and aromatic shallot oil.
It must have good chilli sauce.
After trying a lot of prawn mee personally, below are those that make it to my list of worth-a-repeat-visit prawn mee stalls.
Joo Chiat Prawn Mee
Joo Chiat Prawn Mee is related to the owners of other good Prawn Mee Hawker. They even taught the late grandfather of the owner of 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles how to cook prawn mee. The noodle uses shallot oil for flavour, and there is no pork lard. The fresh prawns are partially deshelled for easy eating. The soup is very prawny and robust, almost like a prawn stout.
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Address: Blk 503, West Coast Dr, Singapore 120503
545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
This stall was started by a young hawker who mastered her skill through her grandfather. From the look of the queue, she is thriving. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles flavoured their noodles with shallot, lard and good chilli. To give the noodle an extra kick, dust it with chilli flakes. It is delicious!
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Address: 665 Buffalo Rd, #01-326 Tekka Food Centre, Singapore 210665
Blanco Court Prawn Mee
Blanco Court Prawn Mee has been serving traditional Prawn Noodles since 1928. Prices start from S$5.9, or to get the large bowl with giant prawn at S$10.9. You can have the options with pork ribs too. To complete the meal, order the fried fritters from the next stall too.
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Address: 243 Beach Rd, #01-01, Singapore 189754
Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee
Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee is one of the best prawn noodles around. I have been going to the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre to eat this for years. At Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee, you can order up to $12 for a bowl with large prawns. This is a $10 bowl with prawn and liver!
Address: 51 Old Airport Rd, #01-98, Singapore 390051
Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles
This is another great Prawn Mee that doesn't have enough limelight. Prices start from S$5, and the options to have other add-ons such as pigskin and Onsen Egg. If you want to pamper yourself, go for the Extra-Large prawns at S$13.8. The S$5 bowl comes with five pieces of half-prawns which are beautifully laid out in the bowl. This is an incredible bowl of noodles filled with oniony shallots, porky pork lard, and in-house made chilli.
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Address: 64 Loyang Way, Singapore 508754
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles is a well-known institution in Prawn Mee in Singapore. They are famous for their large prawns, which also make them be on the expensive side. Their cheapest bowl starts at S$5, the next price up is S$10, follow by S$15, S$20 and S$25. This stall caters to huge prawn lovers who don't mind spending the extra buck getting the huge crustaceans. Once we tasted the soup, we could immediately tell they used prawns to make it.
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Address: 41A Cambridge Rd, #01-15, Singapore 211041