Craving for that flavourful rich broth Hae Mee?
Zion Riverside Food Centre’s famous Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodles has opened a full-fledged eatery at South Bridge Road – of walking distance from Maxwell Food Centre and a few shops away from Tong Heng Egg Tarts.
Prawn Noodles restaurants are not uncommon in Singapore, such as Chef Kang Prawn Noodle House at Toa Payoh, Prawn Noodle Bar at Duxton Hill, Da Shi Jia at Killiney Road and Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle which previously had an air-conditioned shop at Esplanade.
In case you are wondering, yes, it is related to the Noo Cheng Big Prawn Mee at Adam Road Food Centre.
On its menu are offerings of Prawn Noodles ($10, $16), Prawn Noodle with Sliced Pork ($10, $16), Sliced Pork & Ribs Noodle ($10), and more atas bowls of Lobster Ramen with Sliced Pork ($26) and Lobster Ramen with Lala ($28).
If your mind is going ”so expensive”, its prices at the Zion Riverside Food Centre stall was not cheap to begin with, at $6, $8, $12, $16, $20, and $25.
Many regulars do order the higher priced bowls.
There are also side dishes of Dou Miao with Garlic Sauce ($8), Baked Prawn with Mayonnaise Sauce ($8 per pc, min 2 pc), Stir-Fried Clams ($10), Crispy Prawn Roll ($8), and Fragrant Pork with Crushed Garlic ($6) – which the server highly recommended again, and again.
Ordering is at a small space near the entrance, which can get pretty awkward when other customers start to Safe-Entry and get temperatures taken at the same area.
I had the Prawn Noodle with Sliced Pork ($10), and inevitably I would compare this to the hawker stall’s.
Previously, wild sea prawns were served cut into half down the centre. This time, whole prawns are included – reason given that it looks more presentable.
Instead of the usual sliced pork, the meats resembled Japanese cha siu served in ramen bowls, and were soft and tender. Add that conspicuous crispy pork lard, and it is bliss.
The moment of truth… the soup.
I have to say I preferred the version at the hawker stall’s, which was thicker and richer from the long boiling of the pork bones.
This soup was slightly lighter with a sweet tinge. (Boss says give him a day or two more to get used to the new kitchen space and it shall be done. He doesn’t know who I am by the way.)
I also ordered the Dry Prawn Noodles with Pork Ribs ($10) to compare, and my friend commented ”Almost the same as the old one.”
The specialty chilli base with a mix of dried shrimps and peanut, had a stronger aroma previously. Perhaps, say 90% there?
Would he return to Zion Riverside Food Centre when renovations are completed?
Good news, the answer is “Yes”. At least we get two choices now.
Zion Road Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle
291 South Bridge Road Singapore 058836
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Other Related Entries
Beach Road Prawn Noodle House (East Coast Road)
Da Shi Jia 大食家大大大虾面 (Killiney Road)
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle (Pek Kio Food Centre)
Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee (Geylang)
Whitley Road Prawn Noodles (Old Airport Road Food Centre)