Prawn noodles (pronounced as Hae Mee in Hokkien or Xia Mian in Mandarin) are a soup-based dish. There are two versions of prawn noodle: Soup and Dried. Traditionally eaten in the soup version, where a mixture of yellow and white noodles is ladled with prawn stock broth, topped with prawns and pork meat (optional). Other the other hand, dried prawn noodles are tossed in a sauce of chili and other seasoning and a bowl of soup is served on the side.
Judging a prawn noodle is based on three components: broth, noodles, and prawns. The broth has to be flavourful from the prawns – heads to be specific, noodles to be cooked perfectly, and prawns have to be fresh.
We have 7 different stalls in Singapore for the best tasting prawn noodles.
1. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
I randomly found out about this young hawker through Instagram and recently had a chance to try her traditional prawn mee noodles. I might still have an amateur palate when it comes to SG cuisine, but to my liking, this was a damn fine bowl of noodles. Plenty of chilli and tomato sauce, perfectly cooked noodles and a generous serving of pork, prawns and pork lard made this a very enjoyable meal. I ordered the dry version, which means that you get a bowl of prawn broth on the side. The broth was also very comforting, with a rich crustacean taste and lots of flavor. For 4 dollars, this is very well worth a try, specially if we want to keep the hawker culture alive in this city. Thanks @leshane for the meal, your work is appreciated!
The first generation of 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles started selling prawn noodles from a pushcart in the 1920s, following a stall in Whampoa Market and finally opening up a second stall at Tekka Centre, which is run by the third generation.
The dry version is much more popular than the soup version. Perfectly cooked noodles are tossed with lots of chilies and tomato sauce, served with generous portion of pork, prawns, pork lard and deep-fried scallions. Accompanied by a bowl of soup that is rich with crustacean taste, a comfort to the heart.
2. Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House
Beach Road is known to have one of the best prawn noodles in Singapore. Noodles are perfectly cooked to al dente, well-balanced soup with the right amount of sweetness and saltiness, and lastly, huge jumbo prawns that are fresh and juicy.
3. Bedok South Niu Ji Prawn Noodles
A classic dried version of prawn noodles that is sprinkled with tons of deep-fried scallions and large pieces of pork lard at the top, fresh prawns and slices of pork meat in the middle, and finally, noodles tossed in a sauce with a kick of chili heat.
4. Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee
Jalan Sultan is actually owned by one of the grandsons of Beach Road Prawn Noodles. Having similar taste as the original Beach Road stall, the soup version taste better than the dried version. The broth is thick, strong and rich with flavours from the prawns and pork ribs. Tender pork ribs are served along side with normal sized prawns or get your cravings fix with the jumbo prawns at $8 per bowl.
5. River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles
Hoe Nam occupied the entire coffee shop, which caters to a large number of crowds that keeps coming throughout the day, so be prepared for the queue and long waiting time. Customers love the thick broth, packed with crustacean flavour, fresh prawns, and tender pork ribs. Another favourite item is the fish cake. Ordered them first to curb your appetite while waiting.
6. Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee
Dried prawns noodles evenly coated with sauce served with pork ribs and prawns. The broth is slightly saltier (not that I’m complaining), rich and flavourful. If you love your food spicy, add more chili powder that is specially concocted by the stall’s owner with chili powder, deep-fried scallions and dried shrimp.
7. Whitley Road Prawn Noodles
Start your Monday right with a bowl of prawn noodles. I am waiting for my flight to Ipoh and I will be makaning alot of street food and cafes for these 3 days. Thank you @feelingthelightandtime for driving me around to introduce all the good makan places. If you have any recommendations in Ipoh, let me know! #MTCinIpoh
Robust prawn stock has the right amount of sweetness; prawns are succulent, turning a simple bowl of noodles into a delightful bowl of goodness. Sprinkled with deep-fried scallions and lard to enhance the flavor and fragrance even further.
Prawns noodle is one of Singapore’s best local cuisines. Think of it like a Chinese version of ramen, where the key component is the broth. If you haven’t tried these yet, head over during the weekend or during lunch hour.
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