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Grains & Hops – National Day Menu Available Till End August, Look Out For The Super Creative Prawn Noodle Croquette

James Chan

Grains & Hops

Located on the 10th floor of the luxury airline travel themed YOTEL Singapore, Grains & Hops has released their National Day menu and I think they pretty much hit the nail on the head with this one.

grains & hops brew

The Food

Available till 31st August 2018, Singaporeans will have a pretty long window to try some of these amazing local inspired dishes. Pair them dishes with Grains & Hops’ very own brew of craft beer – with its light fruity notes and slightly bitter aftertaste, knocking back a couple of pints will definitely be a pleasant experience.

grains & hops chilli crab

Chilli Crab Rillette, $16

Chilli Crab is definitely a no brainer when it comes to local Singaporean cuisine. They are extremely generous with the fresh and tender crab meat and I must say that they’ve got the sweet and rich Chilli Ccrab flavors down to a T. The rice cracker gives this dish a nice crispy textured bite and definitely something new to me. I’m more of a mantou (Chinese steam buns) kind of guy when it comes to Chilli Crab.

grains & hops oyster omeletteOyster Omelette Cracker, $13

The element in this dish that brings everything together is that sweet and sour chilli sauce. It tones down the strong seafood essence that comes along with oysters (especially when they’re fried). The tapioca crackers were light, crispy and extremely satisfying. This makes for a good accompaniment all types of alcohol. No I’m not an alcoholic.

grains & hops prawn noodle croquettePrawn Noodle Soup Croquette, $14

This is definitely my all-time favorite for their National Day Menu. It’s a croquette but the magic is WHAT’S IN THE CROQUETTE. You’ll find a tantalizing broth of pork bones and prawn stock just waiting to attack your taste buds as your teeth breaks into the crispy exterior of the croquette. It’s GENIUS! But do let it cool for a couple of minutes upon serving. Like a xiao long bao, it can burn you if you’re too impatient. I recommend asking your friends to test the waters first (that’s what I did). Oh and to top it all off (quite literally) there’s a pretty big and fresh prawn for each ball!

grains & hops kaya mochiKaya Cream Mochi, $12

I thought this was going to be super sweet but nope, it actually sat pretty well with my not-so-sweet palate. That chewy mochi textures go extremely well with that light kaya cream. Who would have thought?

 

Grains & Hops
YOTEL Singapore
366 Orchard Road, Level 10, Singapore 238904
Tel : 6866 8067

 

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Summer Hill – Order That Godlike Roasted Chicken

James Chan

Summer Hill

Let’s just say you can’t miss Summer Hill (even though they’re really small) because it’s easily the prettiest eatery in the WHOLE of Sunset Way.

Looks aside (mama always said not to judge people by their looks), for a bistro located in a HDB estate, there seems to be a disconnect with their high pricing. That doesn’t stop throngs of people from coming to eat at Summer Hill though. You’ll understand why if you order the Roast Chicken.

The Food

They have an extremely simple menu with limited offerings so you don’t need to overwork your brain too much before ordering. Also, their portions are relatively big and justifies their prices. Here’s what we ordered.

summer hill mussels

Fresh Mussels Cooked in White Wine . $25

You get a generous amount of delicious and perfectly cooked mussels. Fresh, plump, sweet and juicy – everything I look out for when it comes to mussels.

Signature Roast Chicken, $23 for half, $45 for whole

This chicken is DA BOMB. It comes with a homemade sauce but honestly, I didn’t even need the sauce. The chicken is so damn good, I could eat it on its own. The mark of how good a chicken is can easily be judged by how tender the breast is. At Summer Hill? SO TENDER!

summer hill roast beef

Boneless Beef Roast, Grass Fed, $36

It’s a decent dish but I’ve honestly had better roasts in Singapore. That green chilli sauce has a slight spicy aftertaste which is a definite plus but that it.

summer hill pork collar

Roast Pork Collar, $25

Nope. Didn’t work for me. The meat, although marinated perfectly, was tough and pretty hard to go down.

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

Yes to the Roast Chicken & the Mussels. I would come back for those two dishes for sure. Furthermore, it’s located so near to one of favorite drinking places, Stickies Bar @ Sunset! Eat, Drink, Sleep, Repeat!

 

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Summer Hill
Blk 106 #01-62
Clementi Street 12
Singapore 120106
Tel: 6251 5337

https://summerhill.sg/

 

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Swiss Butchery Enters The Highly Competitive CNY market And Things Look (And Taste) Good

James Chan

Swiss Butchery Celebrates CNY

For the first time since its establishment, Swiss Butchery is joining in the fray for a share of the Chinese New Year market. From 8th January 2018 to 26th February 2018, Swiss Butchery introduces their Spring Festive Special Menu for expats and locals alike, we had a first taste and we were pleasantly surprised!

swiss butchery interior

The Food

For a place that does not focus on Asian cuisine, I must say that they managed to encapsulate the Asian aspect for most dishes on the menu. An added bonus? All their items on the menu are extremely affordable! I’m talking about below market rate affordable! Kudos to you Swiss Butchery!

swiss butchery pork belly

Signature Roasted Pork Belly (Approx. 1.2kg), $28.80

Definitely my favorite. Who doesn’t love Sio Bak am I right? I mean, provided if it’s done right of course. And of course, it’s perfect at Swiss Butchery. The crackling was crispy, the fats melt in your mouth and the pork meat was tender and juicy. Just perfect. I did a double take when I saw the price too, it’s soooo much value!

swiss butchery braised duck

Braised Whole Duck With Chestnut Filling, $68

I don’t know about you, but my grandma used to make braised duck porridge when I was a wee little laddie and the braised duck at Swiss Butchery tasted just like that! (Grandma’s will always be the best though). It just reminded me of a simpler time and brought out a lot of positive energy while I was eating it.

swiss butchery brasied pork ribs

Special Braised Pork Rib With Chilli, $48

If you’re not a fan of sweet foods, this is probably not for you since they use a sweet chilli. Which means, the spice is extremely mild. Other than that, the meat was really tender and it’s a great menu item to mix it up this CNY.

 swiss butchery chicken gelatin

Traditional Spicy Chicken In Gelatin, $42

This was a huge surprise in all honesty. When you chew on the gelatin, it dissipates in throughout the palate spreading a slightly salty and herby aftertaste which compliments the chicken extremely well. Any more Asian and It would be a soup.

swiss butchery bak kwa

Swiss Butchery Bak Kwa (Classic/Spicy), $18.80/$19.90 per pack

Now, what’s CNY without the all fattening and sinful Bak Kwa? For first timers, I felt that their Baw Kwa were pretty spot on. No one can deny how good it tastes. I particularly liked the spicy ones (they’re really spicy).

swiss butchery oysters

Fresh European Oysters, $10 for 3 or $4.30 a piece

Imported directly from Ireland and France, their oysters are sweet, fresh and slightly leaner to their Australian counterparts. And at $10 for 3 oysters, I’ll take all of them please.

 

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

For sure! Everything tastes great and oh-so-affordable. You just got to try that Roast Pork Belly! That’s not all though, Swiss Butchery has CNY cookies, Yu Sheng and Hot Pot Delights (for that steamboat dinner) available on their festive menu as well! Don’t forget to get some oysters too!

 

Check out their  full menu HERE! Remember, it’s only available from the 8th of January to the 26th of February 

 

Swiss Butchery Outlets
Swiss Butchery @ Tanglin, #01-02
56 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247964
Tel: 6235 8080

 

Swiss Butchery @ Greenwood
30 Greenwood Ave, Singapore 289230
Tel: 6468 7588

 

Swiss Butchery @ NTUC Finest Yew Tee, #10-01
61 Choa Chu Kang Drive, Singapore 689715
Tel: 9230 2201

 

Swiss Butchery @ NTUC Finest Bukit Panjang, #01-15/#02-20
1 Jelebi Road, Singapore 289230
Tel: 9837 6930

 

TMS @ Nothpoint City, #B2-103 to 107
1 Northpoint Drive, Singapore 768019
Tel: 8876 9011

 

TMS @ Hyper Sports Hub, #01-29
1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
Tel: 9752 6588

 

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A First Look At The New Rock ‘N Bowl Menu @ Hard Rock Cafe

James Chan

Hard Rock Singapore

Beginning Monday, January 10 through Thursday, March 13, Hard Rock Singapore is ushering in the year of the dog with a creative line up of new “Rock ‘N Bowl” menu items. To be honest, it’s been years since I last went to Hard Rock Cafe. The sole fact that they’re still around in Singapore warrants bragging rights for sure!

From left to right – Raspberry Sangria, Pineapple Honey Smash, Fresh Manhattan Martini

The Food

The Rock Bowls promise to take diners who want to expand their palate on a rockingly satisfying journey. Remember to pair them bowls with any of the three cocktails (listed below) that were specifically concocted to complement the Rock Bowls. No I’m not an alcoholic.

Brown rice bowl cooked with a blend of Cajun and Southwest seasonings, topped with hot chorizo meatballs, honey sriracha glaze, chili lime crema, grated cotija cheese and crispy, seasoned tortilla straws

Southwest Meatball Bowl, $27.95

Let’s start with the heaviest dish first. I say heavy because it’s packed full of flavor. I loved the tortilla straws, it gave this dish a nice crispy textured bite. The beef meatballs were cooked well too but could have been a little tenderer. However, what did not work for me was the honey glaze. I’m not really a fan of having sweet elements in my savory dish.

hard rock jambalaya

Brown rice bowl seasoned with Cajun seasoning, served with authentic Jambalaya and sprinkled green onions

Jambalaya Bowl, $26.95

This was my personal favorite because of the generous amounts of Chorizo in it. The Chorizo gives this dish an added spice which is USUALLY always welcomed by a Singaporean palate. Let’s not forget about the salty juices from the Chorizo that marinates the brown rice. Doesn’t sound that healthy at the end but so WORTH IT!

hard rock shrimp noodle bowl

Rice noodle bowl served with grilled shrimp in an Asian BBQ sauce mixed with shredded cabbage, sesame soy glaze, sliced green onions, white sesame seeds, freshly squeezed lime juice and fried won tons

BBQ Shrimp Noodle Bowl, $29.95

I’m told this is a favorite with the ladies. It’s light, refreshing, tasty and really easy to go down. It’s all about a play on textures with this noodle bowl. You have your springy rice noodles, firm and fresh shrimp flesh and your crispy won tons. The lime juice gives every single bite a tangy and refreshing aftertaste. You definitely won’t get “jelat” with this one.

 

Is The Juice Worth The Squeeze?

I particularly liked the Shrimp Noodle Bowl and the Jambalaya Bowl. They are pretty big portions so the price is justified. You’ll definitely not leave the place without feeling like your belly is about to explode. To elevate your dining experience even further, pair them bowls with any of the three cocktails (mentioned above).

Hard Rock Cafe
HPL House, #02-01
50 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249724
Tel: 6235 5232

 

Resorts World Sentosa, The Forum, #01-209 to 214
26 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Tel: 6795 7454

 

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Xiao Long Bao, the Star of Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan

James Chan

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan

With close to 80 chains in China, there’s no denying the popularity of Yechun.  Yechun has a long history in China. Emperors Shui Yang, Kangxi and Qianlong hosted banquets at Yechun. They made Yechun a must visit during their travels in China.

Yechun has always been a venue for intellectuals to gather, and enjoy poetry and painting. They currently have 2 overseas outlets in Taipei and Singapore. Sipping Chinese tea amidst a very traditionally Chinese thematic restaurant, one can feel a sense of cultural heritage while dining.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan as from the Yechun family, is one of  a small handful of restaurants in Singapore that focuses solely on Huai Yang (Yang Zhou) cuisine, one of the top 4 cuisines in China.  Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan, Singapore, serves Authentic Yangzhou Fried Rice (a world famous dish) along with many dishes that are popularly served at Jiang Nan (South of Yangsze River) region.

The Food

I must say that I went in with pretty steep expectations as I was recommended there by a friend. He was raving about how out of the world their Xiao Long Bao was and I’m a sucker for Xiao Long Bao. But first, here’s a couple more dishes that I sampled!

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan shredded tofu

Shredded Tofu, $6.80

It looks like some sort of noodles at first glance but it’s actually shredded tofu! This dish originated from Yang Zhou (of course) and it’s a very famous dish in China. It’s a very light dish and great as an appetizer.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan pig's ears

Pig’s Ears, $8.80

Some might not like the idea of eating pig’s ears and it was my first time eating it too but I kind of liked it! The cartilage of the ear gave this dish a pretty good crunch. Lightly marinated with salt, this dish is perfect with a good wine or that super strong Baijiu.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan Steam Soon Hock Fish

Steamed Soon Hock Fish in Soy Sauce, (market price)

This is a pretty standard at most weddings. It’s either the Soon Hock or the Seabass. They are both similar in terms of texture. It’s one of my favorite dishes when I attend weddings. At Yechun, they don’t disappoint either! The fish was fresh, the meat was tender and perfectly cooked that the meat of the fish melts in your mouth!

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan pork belly w/ abalone

Pork Belly With Abalone, $38

That wholesome abalone paired with that juicy pork belly is amazing! Who comes up with these things? It’s a very sinful dish though so if you’re trying to lean up, all that fat is definitely not for you. But, you wouldn’t feel that oily when you eat.

 

xiao long bao the best dish at yechun

Xiao Long Bao, $4.80 for 4 pieces

Now on to the star of the show, the Xiao Long Bao aka XLBs. I’ve had XLBs at many a place here in Singapore and I’m telling you that the ones serves at Yechun easily tops the cake. What does one look out for in a XLB?

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan the best XLB in singapore

  1. The skin of the XLB

I hate it when the skin is too thin and it breaks with the lightest of touches. Then again, I get really full and JELAT when the skin is too thick. There should be a perfect balance in my opinion and Yechun has found that balance!

  1. Flavor of the broth in the XLB

I usually savage it up and pop the whole thing in my mouth (occasionally burning my tongue if I’m not too careful). The joy of eating a XLB is when you break the skin and let the savory broth explode on your palate. Yechun’s XLB broth had slightly creamy and rich notes that was heavenly to taste.

  1. Meat filling

The generous meat filling for Yechun’s XLB was tender and tasty. I honestly think the broth elevated the flavors of the meat though.

xiao long bao yechun xiao jiang nan private dining room

Is the juice worth the squeeze?

If you ask me, I’m happy just bringing the family there just for Xiao Long Baos. At $4.80 for 4 pieces, it’s just so much value for great tasting food. You don’t expect that kind of prices based off how premium the restaurant looks.

 

Yechun Xiao Jiang Nan
Marina Square, The Dining Edition #02-181/182
6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594
Tel: 6333 4038
https://www.burpple.com/supreme-tastes-jiang-nan-cuisine

 

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Try Some Japanese Sake With Your Food Next Time, You Won’t Regret It

James Chan

What Went Down

Inter Rice Asia organized a unique sake experience just recently and there’s no way I was going to miss this opportunity. Imagine, sake and western cuisine. Such a simple idea which makes one go, “why didn’t I think of that?” Or at least I did, when I heard about it.

The selection of fine sakes for the night were proudly sponsored by Kawatsuru, a sake company based in the Kagawa prefecture of Japan. Known for its rice-driven style with elegant, rich texture, Kawatsuru pays respect to the crane that symbolizes longevity and good fortune. Using almost all locally grown rice, Kawatsuru brews sakes that are soulful, round, and structured without being high-tone or showy.

The delicious food was concocted by Wildfire Chicken & Burger specifically for this pairing event.

The Food (And Sake)

sake Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Gravlax of Petuna Ocean Trout

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Firefly

Looks and tastes like salmon but as its name suggests, it’s not. I particularly like the lemon zest they sprinkled on it. The trout is otherwise salty albeit with its rich texture. Pairing the dish with the umami of the Junmai Daiginjo gives the palate a well-rounded sweetness. A unique thing of this sake is it tastes better with more oxidization (try leaving it open for a week).

sake Chicken Roulade Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

Chicken Roulade

Paired with Junmai Ginjo Omachi

What a tender piece of meat! The skin of the chicken makes up the bulk of texture and flavor of this dish. Without the skin of the chicken, the Junmai Ginjo would not have paired as well. The flavor of the chicken meat is very mild and would clash with the slightly more complex sake.

sake Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Lobster Slider with Crab Fat Sauce

Paired with Junmai Yoimai

Crab fat seems to be a “thing” these days, I saw a couple of F&B outlets advertising it recently. But no complaints there as this is definitely my favorite of the night! (I shamelessly asked for another serving). You get that distinctive powerful shellfish taste but with an added crunch as the meat is battered and fried to a crisp. Obviously with such a heavy punching dish, you’d have to pair it with a similar full-bodied sake counterpart. Enter the “Junmai” which had just the right amount of sweetness, did not clash with the lobster but you know it was there for sure and just complemented everything really well.

sake 72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

72 Hour Slow-Cooked Black Angus Short Rib

Paired with Junmai Daiginjo Wisdom

As you would expect how any slow-cooked meat to taste, the beef was excellent. Tender and soft to-the-bite. I like that they did not overly drizzle the meat sauce on the beef as it would have killed most of the natural flavors. The Junmai Daiginjo in this pairing is an unfiltered sake which leaves a stronger aftertaste to complement the stronger beef flavors. As much as I understand the logic behind the pairing, this sake is probably too intense for a “noob” like me.

Matcha Mochi

Paired with Sanuki Cloudy Nigori

The Sanuki Cloudy sake is a pretty interesting drink. It tastes like Yakult! Understandably a perfect pairing for sweet desserts with its refreshingly slightly sour-ish taste. My only comment for the mochi was that they used too much matcha powder.

 

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Pantone 2018: 5 Ultra Violet Desserts You Can Find in Singapore!

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Pantone revealed the colour of the year 2018 some time last week! Ultra Violet is going to be 2018’s official colour.  To commemorate the Pantone Colour of the Year 2018, we present to you 5 Ultra Violet desserts you can find in Singapore!

 

1. This pretty Ultra Violet galaxy cake that is out of this world.

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2. Taro Waffles that are pleasing aesthetically and also tastes great

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3. Acai is a superfood and you know you need that anti-oxidant!

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4. This sweet potato soft serve we can’t get enough of

 

5. Watch this cup of Spiral Galaxy as it spins!

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We love Ultra Violet and we just can’t get enough of it! Have you tried any of these? What are your thoughts on these Ultra Violet Desserts that can be found in Singapore? Let us know!

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llaollao Says It Has Nothing To Do With Yole Froyo

James Chan

Llaollao Singapore Speaks

Early this morning, llaollao Singapore issued a statement stating that they “have absolutely nothing to do with Yole Frozen Yoghurt”. It was only just but a couple of days ago that Yole took over all 29 llaollao outlets while llaollao quietly and abruptly exited the froyo scene. You can check out the article we wrote about Yole HERE !

In the article, I actually did a comparison between llaollao’s and Yole’s yoghurts and I found Yole’s froyo to be slightly sweeter. There’s a clear definition between their tastes but I’m assuming not everyone got the memo.

llaollao has nothing to do with yole

Drama In The Froyo Arena

To be honest, I smell some corporate drama brewing. To quote llaollao’s statement directly,

“Additionally, we would like to emphasize that we have absolutely nothing to do with Yolé Frozen Yogurt. It is a totally new brand in the frozen yogurt market that does not exist in Europe, even though it has been advertised as such.”

Dang, talk about being savage. But if it’s indeed false advertising, it’s but only fair that our local people be told the truth no?

llaollao froyo

Good News Singapore

Fun fact? In their Facebook post (which can be viewed HERE) llaollao clearly states that they “are far from finished in Singapore” and they will be back with new stores across the country soon, very soon.

They urge fans to stay tuned to their social networks as they will be back “sooner than you can expect”. Here, I’ll save you the trouble and link you to their PAGE HERE.

As of yet (13/12/17, 2pm), Yole Singapore has not issued any rebuttal or response to llaollao’s statement. Does silence mean consent?

llaollao story similar to gong cha

Coincidence or?

If you recall, Gong Cha had a similar story. We’re ecstatic that they’re back, don’t get me wrong, we even wrote about their return in glee (Check out that article HERE) but then doubt clouds my mind as I wonder whether this is a new marketing gimmick or trend that we’re going to be seeing often here in Singapore. I for one, am not for it. They can’t play with our hearts like that. It’s just cruel.

 

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Gong Cha Coming Back to Singapore

Pei Xia Ang

We have waited for such OOLONG time, and now Gong Cha is finally back! Here’s what to expect of this TEAriffic news!

1. Why Now?

Early this year, due to “franchise issues”, all Gong Cha outlets were converted to LiHo. But after receiving over a hundred applications for the master franchise to return to the market, Royal Tea Taiwan appointed a new master franchisee, Gong Cha (Singapore).

Gong Cha Singapore will be under the leadership of Mr Kang Puay Seng, the co-founder and former managing director of Mr Bean food and beverage chain.

2. What Drinks?

We are as yet unable to confirm if most of our favourite drinks will be on the menu, but you’ll definitely see popular ones like Alisan Milk Foam Tea and Earl Grey Milk Tea on the menu.

Fingers crossed, I’m hoping that their Apple Black Tea will be back. I have been trying to look for a drink as fruity and as refreshing at other bubble tea outlets, but have been unsuccessful so far.

On top of the regular crowd favourites, Gong Cha is bringing in drinks like Sweet Potato Milk Tea, Brown Sugar Fresh Milk Oolong, and Matcha with Red Bean.

3.Where?

Gong Cha will be opening their flagship store on 1st December at 12pm. For the time being, their only outlet is located at SingPost Centre. Fans can expect more outlets in the following months.

Gong Cha
SingPost Centre #01-141A/B
10 Eunos Road
Singapore 408600

 

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An Honest Bowl of Prawn Mee

Pei Xia Ang

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Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle bowl

Traditional Prawn Noodle

I suppose each one of us have different preferences when it comes to our favorite food. Some of us prefer the traditional taste, while others prefer the more modern adaptation. I for one favor the traditional, no-frills dishes, and the Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle is one of such places.

Here, they serve simple, fuss-free servings of prawn mee, each bowl capturing the essence of a honest bowl of prawn noodles.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle signboard

The menu at Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle was simple. Just 4 options of prawn mee to choose from: traditional, with pork ribs, with pigs tail, or with jumbo prawns. Most options allow for customers to choose the size of the portions that they want, and a soup or dry version.

We decided to go with the traditional prawn mee, but ordered a bowl of dry mee and soup mee for comparison.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle the soup

The soup

When I first tasted the soup, I loved the rich, authentic taste of the prawn broth. This was unlike other places that you can taste the addition of MSG to the soup.

Admittedly, the addition of MSG gives the soup a “kick” that was a bit lacking here, but as I am all for sticking to authentic flavours, you won’t hear any complains from me here.

To top it off, the broth was commendably not too salty or oily, especially taking into account the fact that we ordered yellow noodles.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle gif

The noodles

The noodles were of just the right texture— not too soft or overly chewy. In fact, they even carried a certain springiness that we really enjoyed.

However, my favourite kind of prawn mee is the dry version, as each bite is always packed with so much flavour. Tossed in chilli sauce and perfectly al dente, the noodles were gone in a blink.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle prawn close up

The prawns

Arguably the star of the dish, (I mean it’s called PRAWN MEE for a reason) the prawns here were succulent and fresh. We ordered the regular ones, and each prawn was already so plump and meaty.

Imagine the JUMBO PRAWNS!!!

Plus, the prawns here come peeled for you so you don’t have to struggle with it!

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle pork

The pork

Thinly sliced and carrying just the right amount of fat, the pork strips go really well with the prawn mee. They add texture to the bowl of noodles.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle garnish

The garnish

Having garnishing adds a special flavour to each bowl of prawn mee. It defines a stall’s signature taste. The garnishing here was unpretentious— shallots, lard, and other ingredients. The shallots and lard, coupled with the crunchy beansprouts and kang kong made every bite of noodles a delight. Not to forget the sinful chunks of lards mixed with chilli, heightening  the umami sensation.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle wholesome meal

Conclusion

Even if you prefer the modern adaptation of prawn mee to the traditional, do still drop by Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle for an honest bowl of noodles. Greeted with warm smiles and a yummy bowl of noodles, one is sure to leave satisfied.

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle store front

Old Hokkien Prawn Noodle
Address: 517 Geylang Rd
Singapore 389473
Tel: +65 9663 3633
Opening Hours: Tuesdays- Sundays 9am-3am
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