Interesting. Mala Kolo Noodles? Why not?
Kolo Mee is a Sarawak Malaysian dish characterised by springy and curly egg noodles tossed in a savoury shallot mixture; while “mala” refers to the spicy and numbing seasoning made with Sichuan peppercorn and chillies.
Found at Blk 165 Bukit Merah Central, this stall with a straight-forward (though slightly uninspiring) name of 165 Pork Rib Prawn Noodles (165排骨虾面) sells Prawn Noodles and Kolo Mee with mala flavours.
What is noteworthy is that the Prawn Noodles ($4.50, $6.50), Prawn with Pork Ribs Noodles Soup ($6, $9) and Pork Ribs Noodles ($5, $7) are created with a recipe that is inspired by both prawn noodle soup and bak kut teh.
There are also sides such as Prawn Roll and Ngoh Hiang.
I ordered the Prawn Noodles dry version, and the colour of the prawn broth was probably the darkest and most ”gao” (rich) I had in a while.
After having many of the best Prawn Mee in Singapore, I would say this is Prawn Mee like never before, a category on its own.
Here’s the thing: I think each component of the noodles and soup had its merits.
The dark sauce of the noodles was rich-tasting, though slightly on the greasy side; while the soup was pulsating with robustness and slightly salty.
However, put the two together and you could find this overall quite heavy-going. If you enjoy a delicate prawn flavour, then you may find the pork and aromatics overpowering.
Overall, I thought that the amount of oil and heaviness of the sauce could be reduced for a better balance.
So between the two, I thought that the Mala Prawn Kolo Noodle ($6.50, $8.50) left me with a better impression. I think there would be diners who would like this rendition.
The “mala” came across as lightly spicy and numbing, though the mix of sauces would appeal to those who like strong 重口味 flavours.
This is in contrast to the usual Kolo Mee which has minimal seasoning, and allows the light fragrance of the shallot oil to surface.
This stall has its potential with its out-of-the-ordinary offering. Some fine-tuning such as reduction of oil and salt in the right places, would bring a better balance in its entirety.
165 Pork Rib Prawn Noodles 165排骨虾面
165 Bukit Merah Central, #01-3683, Singapore 150165
Opening Hours: 9am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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