There are quite a number of promising F&Bs to be explored at Novena Gardens and Novena Regency stretch, which is just across Novena Church and Novena Square Velocity.
Despite its proximity to town, the footfall could be affected by the on-going road works, and that people may just miss coming to this part of Thomson Road.
I chanced upon Prawnography Novena Gardens (they took over Whitley Road Prawn Noodles) which serves up comforting dishes of Hokkien Mee, Prawn Noodles and other local delights, but perhaps lack that bit of publicity (so here I am, haha).
The owners used to operate a Punggol stall within Koufu @ Gourmet Paradise Oasis Terrace, and this is their full-fledged sit-down eatery.
Then, I saw the prices on the menu and was pleasantly surprised. $6 for Prawn Noodles?
In fact, all the items on the menu are $10 or below. And no service charge or GST.
The key items served include Signature Hokkien Mee ($8), Prawn Noodles Soup or Dry ($6), Seafood, Fried Fish, Fried Chicken Cutlet, or Grilled Chicken Chop Aglio Oglio ($10), and Fried Rice ($6.50).
Come here for breakfast and there are Nasi Lemak and Bee Hoon sets starting from $1.20.
Of course, I was most curious about their Hokkien Mee, which also comes in a “Deluxe” version ($10) included with bountiful ingredients of scallops, prawns, squid, pork belly, and fish cake.
From an unheard and new name, I was quite pleasantly surprised at the flavours. You could tell that the noodles have absorbed some of that rich-tasting prawn broth with umami.
And of course, that wok-hei (though could still have a tad more of that wok-heat to bring it to the next level).
Personally, I wished for a stickier version, but I reckon many would also enjoy this semi-‘soupy’ take.
My feedback during the first try was that I wished that the pork lard was crunchier and more fresh-tasting, and that seemed to have been resolved the next visit.
The Prawn Noodles ($6) was a pleasant surprise as well. Even though the soup looked light, it was actually pretty tasty – cooked for many hours using prawn heads for a full-flavoured broth.
A humble eatery just waiting to be discovered at this part of Novena. Hope that the owners can keep up with their passion and quality
Prawnography Novena Gardens
273 Thomson Road, #01-03A, Singapore 307644
Opening Hours: 9am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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