Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee 大食家大大大虾面 at Killiney Road opened for quite a couple of months, and really got into the foodie limelight when hotelier and restaurateur Loh Lik Peng sang praises of its “very rich stock studded liberally with fried lard”
That prompted other food bloggers and instagrammers such as Dr Leslie Tay of @ieatishootipost fame to try the eatery, and commented on its very tasty Penang style soup and use of very good sea prawns.
Seems like the secret then was out of the bag.
I actually ate at Da Shi Jia for quite a number of times, but never really talked about it.
There are a few reasons why.
To be honest, it wasn’t that impressive when it first started out.
Even when I jio-ed friends from HungryGoWhere to try (as their office is just across the road from the eatery), they were more than half-hearted and gave similar feedback.
But Da Shi Jia gradually improved over time.
The other is, the best dish there was not really the Big Prawn Noodles, but the Wok-Fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon ($16.80).
Not many diners seem to order that, because it is located on a more inconspicuous part of the menu, and also pricier than rest of the items.
Side dishes include Salted Egg Chicken ($5.80) and Shrimp Prawn Roll ($5.80).
Opened by 2nd generation ‘hawkers’, the owner’s father operates a zi char chain, which explains the strength of the wok-fried dishes.
The Prawn Noodles are priced at $5.80, $9.80, and $13.80. The difference is with the size of the prawns.
You get a choice of yellow noodles, bee hoon and kway teow. I would typically order the dry bee hoon, tossed in an appetizing black sauce.
Add some of the cut-chill for added shiok-ness.
Initially, I thought that the broth was slightly ‘weak’ and not as robust, say as compared to the stall at Zion Riverside Food Centre, but the soup base got richer and more flavourful over time.
The dish I would recommend would be the Wok-Fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon ($16.80) which combines firm bee hoon, umami-rich prawn stock, and wok-hei.
There is a special drink that no other people had talked about, which is the Fresh Green Apple Juice with Sour Plum ($3.80) – a refreshing thirst quencher with sweet and sour flavours. Get that.
Da Shi Jia 大食家大大大虾面
89 Killiney Road Singapore 239534
Tel: +65 6732 1085
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm
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