A noodle house has opened at the corner unit of the shophouses along River Valley Road, previously occupied by GREAThai and Teochew Cuisine Restaurant.
Lao You Xuan Noodle Kitchen 老友轩 specialises in Fishball Mee Pok, Sliced Fish Soup, Nasi Lemak and Laksa.
I have been there a number of times, because it was that hard to find decent local noodles in that area.
Other eateries along the same stretch include Spize and Boon Tong Kee, typically crowded, but not every shop there enjoys the same popularity. A friend urged me to write about Lao You Xuan because … One Night Only a few shops away has closed.
The food is not expensive, considered this is an air-conditioned eatery with some form of service.
The Mee Pok Dry is priced at $4.50, while the Signature version is $7.50. The difference is the inclusion of a bigger bowl of soup with sliced fish and deep fried fish roll.
I find the Mee Pok above average when compared to other hawker stalls in Singapore, tossed in a sauce similar to Bak Chor Mee but without that vinegary taste.
The main draw for me was the soup which was tasty and not overly salty, with a good mix of ingredients.
The Fish Roll was similar to deep fried tau kee, more appetising when it absorbed some of the soup and sauces.
However, the signature may lack of the unique X-factor that would draw people from all parts of the island here.
I must have tried all the side dishes over time, and think they deserve some special mention.
The Deep Fried Joint Wings ($6.00 for 6 pieces) were well-marinated and juicy; and Ah Mah Vege ($3.80) usually fresh and crunchy.
Lao You Xuan Noodle Kitchen is a humble family-run place, with not-bad food at affordable pricing. The eatery is not always crowded, and staff would take time to explain the dishes.
Lao You Xuan Noodle Kitchen 老友轩
413 River Valley Road Singapore 248311
Tel: +65 6235 1533
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
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