NOW Noodles + – Home-Style Dry Mee Siam, Dry Laksa And Fried Mee Tai Mak At Novena Square 2
You don’t get many of these around anymore. A noodle eatery focusing on just 5 types of nodles, with occasional specials.
NOW Noodles + at Novena Square 2 Level 2 offers Dry Laksa, Dry Mee Siam, Fried Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg, Heng Hwa Noodle Soup and Vegetarian Mee Goreng.
All at $9.80. No service charge. No GST.
Get a trace of home-style cooking, as though your mum prepared this for you, with many ingredients such as the rempah made from scratch.
Hard to find such places now, as many F&B would rather pick the easier-way-out with ready-made-pastes. But cannot blame them. Every new business owner will have to weigh that priority.
First timers to Novena Square 2 would probably need to navigate a maze before finding this location. But it is all fine – some indie, amazing buys around.
My friend quipped, ”All the servers here go to gym one, is it?” I suppose a good enough reason to keep the OLs coming. #justsaying
Many of my blogger friends from MissTamChiak, Camemberu and SgFoodOnFoot have gave a thumbs up to the Fried Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg.
Special. I don’t remember seeing this dish around elsewhere.
The ‘mouse noodles’ were fried with home-made belacan and generous proportion of century egg. The spiciness was really quite something, and reminded me of what my grandma would cook for a Sunday afternoon feast.
Just a minor comment: overall, I felt quite ‘heaty’ after the dish. Which will bring to my next point.
Both the Dry Laksa and Dry Mee Siam were worthy to try, especially the later which had that taste of the mee siam sold at the swimming pool canteen. Those were the days.
For the Dry Mee Siam, there were touches of spiciness and tanginess, without that overpowering taste. Evenly coated, a trace of wok hei.
On the note of ‘heatiness’, I thought that the bean sprouts on the Dry Laksa were overcooked, and lacked that juicy crunch. (Like how a plate of Pad Thai would have fresh sprouts and spring onions to balance the whole dish.)
Then I realised the entire menu might have lacked of some cooling elements… more vegetables incorporated, some salads as side (maybe achar?), homemade drinks such as lemongrass, barley or wintermelon.
All in all, the Heng Hwa Noodle Soup turned out to be my favourite, surprisingly.
Tender chicken, delicious mee sua which absorbed some of the broth, and a light yet flavoursome soup base.
NOW Noodles +
Novena Square 2 #02-65, 10 Sinaran Drive Singapore 307506
Tel: +65 6251 0177
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.
March 28, 2017