Thursday, August 10, 2017

Prawn Village : affordable prawn noodle for a satisfying experience

Anson Loo, 30s, started this stall on 1 December 2016 and prior to this, he was in nursing for about 16 years, worked in the NUH, the Navy and also private emergency medical services before entering hawker trade. Tom Loo, his brother, the owner of Tom's Citizoom Mee Pork Tar at Ghim Moh Food Centre is another prominent Generation Y hawker.

It happened years ago when he was in Penang for a holiday where he chanced upon a particular stall that serves good Penang style prawn noodle. He actually asked the boss there to consider imparting the skills and sharing the recipe, he never quite expects to receive a yes as an answer. He spent about 2 weeks there to learn the required skills to set up this stall. He has been adjusting the recipe while cooking for his family and his friends through the years and it ended up tasting like the Penang style prawn noodles though not quite like it. 

There is the dry and the soup version available at the standard price of $4.00 with different types of noodles like yellow noodles, kway teow, bee hoon and thick bee hoon to choose. Their homemade fish cake is available at $1.40 each and it is handmade by Tom daily. 

A standard bowl of prawn mee comprises of 2 medium-sized prawns with slices of fish cake and lean meat with kang kong then topped with fried lard before serving. The prawns are only blanched upon order and Anson actually made the efforts to de-shell the prawns, left with just the head and tail. The prawns are deveined as well though it is rather time-consuming. These prawns tasted relatively fresh. The broth is prepared using ingredients like pork ribs and chicken bones slow-cooked for hours to bring out the flavors though light bodied but with a notable robustness. 

Those fresh-tasting fish cakes were fluffy with a noticeable tenderness and bounciness. This is one of the key factors that set this particular prawn noodle apart from the others. 

And, there is no need for the addition of chilli powder as it is already spicy enough as commented by my dining companion. 

Anson was not there when I visited. Overall, the prawn noodle was nice though not quite memorable as yet but do support this passionate young hawker if you happen to be in this food centre. 

505 Beach Road #01-97 Golden Mile Food Centre SINGAPORE 199583
Operating Hours: 9.00 am to 5.00 pm (Closed on Saturdays)

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