You may just dismiss this stall as yet another Prawn Noodle stall, but it is THE Chilli Mee that is the outstanding dish.
Located at the second level of Golden Mile Food Centre (otherwise known as Army Market Food Centre), Chung Cheng Chilli Mee崇正辣椒面is one of the stalls that almost always have a moderately-long queue.
(I nearly mistaken the name for my secondary school. LOL.)
Maybe its fame is not as striking as other stalls in the same food centre, such as Hainan Hokkien Mee, 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee, or Burgs by Project Warung, it is a worthy consideration if you need a light yet satisfying meal.
The stall is listed in the Singapore “Michelin Plate” guide. (The Michelin Plate or L’Assiette Michelin is a new designation worldwide, a symbol that indicates “restaurants where the inspectors have discovered quality food.”)
Selling Chilli Mee, Prawn Mee, and Laksa, priced at $3.00, $4.00 or $5.00 depending on the portion size, Chung Cheng is talked about its signature chili paste.
What makes this house-made chili paste special is the combination of belacan, dried shrimps, garlic, onion and some secret spices.
The signature chili paste is generously used in Chili Mee and Prawn Mee, with huge dollops of it scooped from a metal pot and added to the noodles.
The Chilli Mee consists of yellow noodles or bee hoon combined with ingredients, such as bean curd, bean sprouts, fish cakes, lean and tender pork ribs, prawns, and slices of hard-boiled egg, and comes with bowl of herbal soup on the side.
As it is covered in a nutty semi-thick sauce, the combination reminded me of a cross between satay beehoon and dried prawn noodles.
It was fragrant, flavourful, and not THAT spicy, and you can even buy a pack of this special chili sauce for only $3.00.
If you want a non-spicy version, go for the Prawn Mee which comes with the soup same as the Chili Mee’s, with its distinct herbal aroma.
The soup was not as robust and gao-gao thick as the famous prawn noodle brands, but with a light fragrance sweet (that I would describe as 清甜.) Though small, the prawns were fresh and firm.
To be honest, if you came here and just had the soup version, you would likely this there is nothing very special about this stall.
If you are into an unconventional prawn noodle dish, Chung Cheng is worthy of your visit. Though it may not be the fiery type, its flavour perfectly complements the noodles it serves.
Additional tip: its neighbor Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly serves up refreshing Chin-Chow drinks, which you can pair with these noodles.
Chung Cheng Chilli Mee 崇正辣椒面
505 Beach Road, #01-59 Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
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