I made a random trip to Golden Mile Food Centre (or Beach Road Hawker Centre) some time back for Chung Cheng Chilli Mee and Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly, and couldn’t help noticing YouFu Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle along the same row.
The line wasn’t very long. And so I ordered a plate, noticed that the hawker was very young, even thought it was a decently-good plate even worthy of comparison with Hainan Hokkien Mee downstairs.
Funny how the ‘power’ of social media works, and this Hokkien Mee stall has been appearing on my feed frequently of late. Maybe because I am always searching for Hokkien Mee any way.
YouFu Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle is manned by 21-year old Andre and his father.
Andre started learning how to fry the noodles during his teenage years, when his dad was helping out at Changi Village Fried Hokkien Mee at Toa Payoh Lor 8 Food Centre.
The boyish hawker also maintains an IG account called @cookingwith_andre and it seems like noodles are his most frequently presented dishes. He also hopes to get a “Michelin Star” one day.
The Hokkien Mee comes in four pricings – $4, $5; while the $6 and $8 portions are served on orh peh leaf.
The style is closer to the dry side with slight stickiness, and so customers may just relate this to the other dry Hokkien Mee downstairs.
Andre described the texture as “carbonara” style, which is just in between wet and dry.
I am opened to both, and loved how the strands of noodles ‘captured’ the distinct essence of the prawn stock. As though you get that rich seafood flavour every mouthful you take.
Though I would think some may find this a notch salty overall.
Portion is considered generous with crispy pork lard, and you would find good wok-hei within.
Some famous Hokkien Mee in Singapore may be considered ‘over-rated’ but I think You Fu does have that ‘magic’.
While I think this is a 7 or 7.5 out of a 10, it is heartening to know that Andre takes in constructive feedback and seeks to improve every time.
So I am looking forward to trying this again say months down the road.
However, I hope that I don’t sound like a wet blanket here but I do have my concerns.
Not sure if you remember some of the viral stalls by young hawkers at Golden Mile Food Centre which includes YaLoh Herbal Roast Duck, Three Good Guys with Salted Egg Xiang Guo (think they moved to Kim Tian?), Vegetarian Dry Ban Mian by Sudouku, Illuwa Korean Food and more.
They all enjoyed positive reviews, a string of customers, but there is a part of me wondering, “Where did they go?”
There are a lot of Hokkien Mee fans rooting behind Andre and his dad, and I am definitely one of them.
YouFu Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre #01-57, Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9825 7449
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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