So soup or dry Prawn Noodles for you??
The soup Hae Mee has to be hot and flavourful, brimming with seafood-goodness, with that umami.
As for the dry version, you get to try the best of both worlds – the mixture of sauces, along with the comforting soup available in a small bowl – but I know, it’s different. I also love it when some Prawn Noodles stalls offer mee kia option.
Here are 18 places in Singapore you can get delicious Prawn Noodles:
Zion Road Big Prawn Noodles
Zion Road Food Centre #01-04, 70 Zion Road Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The stall used to be known as “Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee”, changed name to a more generic-sounding “Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle”, then to Zion Road Big Prawn Noodles. This is most possibly to prevent confusion with the brother’s stall at Adam Road Food Centre.
This Prawn Noodle stall is also listed in the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Some new-comers may just scream at the price-point, at $8, $12, $16, $20, $25. Do not be surprised, I actually hear the $20/$25 orders more frequently than expected.
Yup, they got rid of the $6 bowl, and sometimes the $8 gets sold out early.
Cooked for hours with pork ribs and prawn heads, the broth was incredibly tasty (and I don’t get MSG attacks after).
The only thing is, I noticed of late that the intensity may not be as consistent as before, and sometimes not as full-bodied. AND I found the soup in the night time tastier.
There are prawn mee lovers who like bowls as if an ocean of prawns died within to create that stock. This isn’t one of them, but was still flavourful.
Order the dry version, ask for some chilli, and you would find a spicy bowl of ‘al dente’ medium-thick bee hoon addictively tasty with fragrant fried shallots. There is another outlet at South Bridge Road, but that is closed till further notice – but make that wasted trip. Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle (Zion Road)
Beach Road Prawn Noodle House
370 East Coast Road, Singapore 428981
Tel: +65 63457196
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
This is one of those prawn noodles shops that is always swarming with customers. People come here in buses, taxis, cars, bikes or walk from the East Coast vicinity.
While the queues are often quite long, they have a pretty efficient serving system where you can sit at the table and wait rather than standing in line. You should get your food relatively fast.
Other than the most popular option of Jumbo Prawn Mee ($12), other choices include Prawn Noodles, Prawn with Pork Rib Mee, Pork Ribs Mee with Pig’s Tail, and Prawn with Pig’s Tail Mee – priced at $6, $9 or $12.
The place may be crowded, but I got a medium serving of their Dry Prawn Noodles (Small $5.80, Medium $8.80, Jumbo $11.80) within a couple of minutes.
The presentation was basic but the taste was quite exceptional. The prawns were fresh, noodles, tossed in delicious chili sauce, fried with lard bits and fried shallots.
Soup version was flavourful with slight sweetness, without being overly intense. One of the few shops that does both versions relatively well. Beach Road Prawn Noodle House (East Coast Road)
Blanco Court Prawn Mee (Beach Road)
243 Beach Road, #01-01, Singapore 189754
Tel: +65 63968464
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 4pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
Regulars just go straight for the “3 in 1 noodles” ($10.90) with jumbo prawns, prawn ribs and pig’s tail.
This stall gives you many options to customize your prawn noodles dish according to your own taste and preference. You can get bee hoon, yellow noodles or kway teow, and have a dish with prawns, tail and ribs in one dish.
The place is always swarming with hungry customers. Or sometimes a busload of tourists may just walk in.
I ordered the Prawn and Pork Ribs Noodle ($8.90), the prawn ribs were rather tender, prawns fresh (though slightly tough at parts), with pleasant-tasting soup.
For this shop, I prefer the soup version – though I still think it can be slightly thicker. Some customers may feel that portion can be larger for its increased pricing.
Da Dong Prawn Noodles
354 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427600
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
This is the current IT Prawn Noodle stall, with many online reviewers giving thumbs up positive reviews.
This stall opens up fairly early in the morning, and they start their set up and cooking during wee hours of the day. If you want to ditch long queues, go a bit earlier than the peak lunch hours.
Managed by two brothers who are second generation hawkers, it is known for delicious prawn noodle recipe passed down from with a great, classic taste.
The Prawn Noodles is priced at $5, $8, and $10 (but $5 is really small), and Big Prawn Noodles at $13, $15, and $20.
The substantial price aside, the winner is in the gao-gao soup which had that delicious prawn flavour and seafood accents.
HOWEVER, there is also THAT much of the soup and the stall doesn’t provide extra refills. This is to maintain quality in their soups, and the owners do not want to serve it diluted. Treasure every sip.
River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles
31 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347859
Tel: +65 62819293
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 7am – 3pm, 5pm – 1:30am (Fri – Sat)
Wah, prized commodity as it opens ONLY for those few hours in the morning. The stall (or should I say shop) operates in such systematic fashion, with so many options that it will keep you ‘dazzled’ for a while.
The Hoe Nam stall got its name from the province of their ancestors. They started out small, with prawn noodle soup as their only item. With time, they not only mastered the dish to make it more wholesome and flavourful, but also added a wide range of options to their customers.
There are options with abalone clams, pig’s intestines, and pig’s tail.
If you love the dry version, their bowl comes with homemade sauce, quite a lot of oily chilli sauce with fried shallots – good for tossing. The soup provided was thick and full-bodied, very comforting.
Their operational hours can be quite erratic, as they may close here and there to take breaks.
One Prawn Noodle
Moving from Golden Mile Food Centre to MacPherson
The stall is headed by Gwyneth Ang, with more than 10 years’ experience working in established restaurants like Burnt Ends, Tong Le Private Dining and Forlino.
The prawn noodles come with a difference, and is inspired by the flavours of Penang prawn noodles and Japanese ramen broth.
Considering the quality of the ingredients, prices are inexpensive, with offerings of Classic Big Prawn Noodles ($5, $7), Pork Ribs Big Prawn Noodles ($6, $8), Prawn Balls & Big Prawn Noodles ($6, $8), to combination bowl of Supreme Prawn Noodles ($10).
Get the soup version to experience the gao gao (thick) rich broth that come in a distinct tangerine-orange colour, and that umami.
Accordingly, the hawker brews the broth for hours by simmering pork bones to get that distinct taste and subtle sweetness that comes through.
Also, the prawn heads are blended and ‘washed’ with the broth for multiple times to fully extract the flavours. One Prawn Noodle (Golden Mile Food Centre)
Chung Cheng Chilli Mee 崇正辣椒面
505 Beach Road, #01-59 Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 10am – 3pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
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 chilli paste special is the combination of belacan, dried shrimps, garlic, onion and some secret spices.
The signature chilli paste is generously used in Chilli Mee and Prawn Mee, with huge dollops of it scooped from a metal pot and added to the noodles – but do order the dry version to experience that kick.
If you want a non-spicy version, go for the Prawn Mee which comes with the soup same as the Chilli 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.
Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodles 威利大蝦麵
Blk 51 Old Airport Road, #01-98 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 8pm (Tue – Fri), 9am – 8pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Through the years, Whitley Road Prawn Noodles has been known to be one of the best prawn noodles stalls in Singapore.
They have 3 other outlets (Old Airport Road, 273 Thomson Road, 36 Circular Road) in Singapore gathering a long line of loyal followers especially during lunch hour.
Most people seem to go for the Big Prawn Pork Rib Noodles ($5.50, $8, $10, $12) or the Three In One ($8, $10, $15) with pork ribs, liver and tail.
The stall serves a smaller portion compared to others, but what it lacks in portion makes it up in flavour.
The prawns were chunky and tasted fresh – could be sweeter though; while the pork ribs were fall-off-the-bone tender.
Interestingly, I preferred the dry version. The noodles were coated in a spicy-savoury and home-made chili paste with some zing.
Fried shallots and pork lard added provided that light crunch and aroma. The other famous stall here is Albert Street Prawn Noodles. Whitley Road Prawn Noodles (Old Airport Road Food Centre)
Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee 惹蘭蘇丹蝦麺
2 Jalan Ayer (Lorong 1 Geylang), Singapore 389141
Tel: +65 6748 2488
Opening Hours: 8am – 3:30pm (Wed – Mon), Closed on Tues
The famous noodle stall is located just off Geylang Lorong 1, a walking distance from Kallang MRT Station.
The fresh, sweet prawns come in 2 sizes – regular and “King”. The basic bowl starts at $6 for Prawn Mee, while it is recommended to get the King Prawn Pork Ribs Noodle ($8, $10).
There is also a Pig Thai Pork Ribs Soup ($5, $8, $10) offered.
While my personal preference is typically the dry version, I say get the soup version for its broth, as it sets this apart from other stalls, mildly sweet and has a robust flavour.
Compared to some of the famous stalls around, the soup base was lighter, more diluted, not as hot-hot, but still considered appetizing. It was ”qing” and thus not too heavy. Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee (Geylang)
Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Noodles
41A Cambridge Road, #01-41 Pek Kio Market & Food Centre Singapore 211041
Opening Hours: 6am – 2pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs, Sat, Sun), Closed Tues, Fri
Interesting, customers at Pek Kio Food Centre also seem to gravitate towards Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee which has friendly service, huge portion and affordable pricing.
The stall is run by a husband-and-wife team for several years, even before the Pek Kio Market was renovated. They have gained a huge base of faithful customers and are always packed with hungry fans, and the queue can take up to 20 minutes or more.
Their Prawn Noodles start from $2.50 (!) but I would recommend going for the more sizable $3 or $5 versions.
A standard bowl of Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles has a generous portion size with well prepared, stringy noodles. The pork ribs to a succulent and juicy texture.
Between the dry and the soup, I thought that the dry is tastier, well-seasoned and doesn’t go overboard with flavours. Pleasant old-school flavours.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
41A Cambridge Road, #01-15, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 210041
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
It is slightly unfortunate that Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle at Pek Kio Market and Food Centre has become more ‘famed’ for a temperament owner, rather than its goods.
Just have a scroll through various review websites, and you would find countless feedback on the auntie’s attitude, especially if you do not queue behind a red line or ordered the cheapest bowl.
If I were to recommend, get the mee kia (thin noodles) dry.
The noodles are specially made for Wah Kee, and all base sauces such as the sambal chilli sauce and special spicy sauce are made in-house daily, using Wah Kee’s 65-year recipe.
Interesting to note that they do not use pork in cooking the soup, and therefore the broth is lighter with an unique orange colour.
The prawns were large and fresh, soup was tasty and moderately robust in flavours – more intense than the average stall, but didn’t seem to be as rich and gao-gao (ie more diluted) as in the past. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle (Pek Kio Food Centre)
Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles
64 Loyang Way, Singapore 508754
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
This prawn noodles stall is recommended by MasterChef Singapore Season 2 winner Derek Cheong.
While stall can be too far-flung East for many, especially when hidden in an industrial estate, there is another outlet at Bedok 85 better known as Fengshan Food Centre which may be more convenient to get to.
On its menu are Big Prawn Noodles ($5, $7, $9), Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles ($5, $7, $9), Abalone Prawn Noodles ($8, $10) and XL Big Prawn Noodles ($13.80).
Customers can also add on ingredients such as pork ribs, prawn, pig’s intestines, abalone, pig’s skin and sliced pork (additional $1 to $3).
The first thing that left an impression was that the stall was generous with its ingredients, included with pork ribs and three halves of the prawns – all at $5.
If you had always been disappointed with diluted prawn noodle broth that didn’t pack a punch, this was rich and gao gao, made more aromatic with fried shallot and pork lard fragrance.
There was a sweeter tinge, which I assumed was due to addition of rock sugar – some may or may not enjoy this. Loyang Way Prawn Noodles (Loyang)
127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, Toa Payoh Lor 1 Food Centre #02-25, Singapore 310127
Tel: +65 96675500
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Tues -Sun), Closed Mon
Deanna’s Kitchen is one of the few places that serve up “authentic Halal Prawn noodles”. (Though I know of Muslims who do not eat prawns.)
This is a family stall that has wholesome, homemade flavors in their food at quite affordable pricing. The owner’s greatest fan is said to be her mother-in-law and family who encouraged her to open up this stall.
Their regular Prawn Mee is perpetually sold out (LOL), so go for the other options such as Big Prawn Mee ($7), Prawn Noodles with Clams ($6.50) and Prawn Noodle with Crayfish ($12.50).
There is also a mega $39 “Seafood Platter” version, but you need to gather a squad to finish this.
The secret lies in the use of fresh prawn shells and other seafood items to heighten the taste and richness of broth – which I think works quite well.
The only thing is that the prawn shells were hard to remove, so do prepare some wet tissues.
545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
665 Buffalo Rd, #01-326 Tekka Food Centre, Singapore 210665
Opening Hours: 7am – 11am (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
This hae mee stall is helmed by a young hawker Ruifang who graduated in finance and economics, but made that career switch. The history of this particular prawn noodles can go back as far back into the 1950s when Ruifang’s grandfather started selling it along the streets of Balestier.
There are both dry and soup versions of their famous prawn noodles, and you have the option to choose from different types of noodles as well.
The price of their signature Prawn Noodles start from $4 depending on your order and serving size.
What I liked about the dry Prawn Noodles was combination of the spicy chilli sauce, sweet ketchup, and mixture of fried garlic and shallots which added light crisp.
There are customers who enjoy their soup version more. I found the soup light, not too greasy and zhong kou wei, that you could finish the entire bowl without having a heavy feeling.
Da Shi Jia 大食家大大大虾面
89 Killiney Road Singapore 239534
Tel: +65 6732 1085
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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 $7.80, $12.80, $16.80, and $19.80 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, 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 ($17.80) which combines firm bee hoon, umami-rich prawn stock, and wok-hei.
Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Noodle
Adam Road Food Centre #01-31, 2 Adam Road, Singapore 289876
Tel: +65 9693 7961
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 4pm, 6:30pm – 2am (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
If you find the name of this prawn noodle stall vaguely familiar, that is because a family member has another prawn noodle stall – Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle at Zion Road which is also sometimes called “Noo Cheng Prawn Noodles”.
The Zion Road stall has the bigger fame as it was awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore.
The basic Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles in dry or soup options comes at $5, though customers could go for the Big Prawn Noodles at $8, $10, $12 to get bombastic juicy prawns.
I must say though pricy, the portion is quite huge with sizable pieces of ribs and prawns.
The broth was flavourful and had hints of sweetness from fresh prawns, though I wished it could be more gao-gao and robust.
Read that there are differing standards to the day and night shifts – nights are better it seems.
East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodle
328 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427585
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Another value-for-money concept by ASTONS, East Treasure offers prawn noodles in two styles – local and Penang.
Their signature Supreme Prawn Noodles ($12.50) come with big prawns, pork belly slices, pork ribs, fried and braised Spanish pork tail, topped off with fresh bean sprouts and vegetables that cut through all that richness.
The Penang-Style Prawn Noodles ($10) is a signature dish that is guaranteed to satisfy your midday cravings for comforting noodles.
Much of its flavours lie in the soup stock made with prawn head and shells, dried shrimps, soy sauce, garlic, shallots, and other seasonings.
The noodles are topped with halved large prawns and hard-boiled egg.
Chef Kang’s Prawn Noodle House (Lau Pa Sat)
18 Raffles Quay, Stall No. 26, Singapore 048582
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
This stall at Lau Pa Sat is by the Michelin-starred Chef Kang, serving up King Prawn Noodles with Prawn Paste Spare Ribs ($7, $10)
If you order a soup version, you would get king prawn divided in two, and deep-fried prawn paste pork chop placed on a metal holder to keep the piece crisp (tonkatsu ramen style).
Of course, I headed for the soup first. It was mildly sweet, rather flavourful, but not as strong and robust as how I would like it to be. A reason could be because chicken rather than pork is used as base in cooking up the stock.
A not-bad prawn soup, but not impressive enough for some. Therefore I prefer the dry version using Hong Kong style jook sing noodles.
The prawn was fresh, pork chop succulent, but the true star of the bowl was in fact the fragrant and crunchy pork lard. Chef Kang Prawn Noodle House (Lau Pa Sat)
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