Just Passable Pork Rib Prawn Noodles @ Hokkien Street Prawn Noodles Alexandra Village Food Centre on 16Mar2016

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

my fridge threatening to fail on me so went to alexandra village (AV) to recce on a replacement if required.

hokkien street prawn noodles

hokkien street prawn noodles

walked through AV food centre & decided to give the hokkien street prawn noodles a try on 16.3.2016.

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

it’s passable but must say it was really very so so la.. nothing really to come back for…

the best was the soup, very tasty & intense & smooth, quite similar to the soup at why eat har which maybe a bit more lingering.

just the soup only maybe it’s better or equal to adam road noo cheng.

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

for the noodles, the chilli was quite poor, no comparison with why eat har or even adam road noo cheng.

the chilli given (2 photos up) was totally inadequate. i asked for more chilli & was given another scoop, so basically double the amount, and i had to add a little fish sauce (which i never do), then there was some live in the chilli.

there were 3 pork ribs. texture wise very good, taste wise maybe why eat har’s still better.

for S$5, in addition to the pork ribs, there were 3 miserable super tiny 1/2 prawns. just look at the prawns for adam road noo cheng $5 pork rib prawn noodles

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

i left 2/3 of the noodles uneaten, partly because i usually go on low carbs if i can help it.

but in the case of why eat har & adam road noo cheng, i alway finished all the noodles, or it’s a question of whether worthwhile carbs???

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

S$5 pork rib prawn noodles

though the noodles were not downright poor, there’s really no much attraction to come back again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Good S$5 Prawn Noodles @ Adam Road Noo Cheng on 20Feb2016

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

came by adam road & decided to try the noo cheng big prawn noodles on 20.2.2016. ^^

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

i had not taken from this stall for many many years. some how the impression was that it was so so, so didn’t really want to try it.

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

adam road noo cheng big prawn noodles

turned out that it was really not too bad la! 🙂

i recorded on my facebook post as –

It’s actually not bad for $5…though I ordered the bakut but they don’t have only gave me sliced pork…chilli pretty good actually..

soup tasty & intense don’t have why eat har’s smoothness with underlying sweetness…I think why eat har chilli better also…

but this noo cheng far better than I expected

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

they gave 2 medium prawns + 1 small prawns for S$5.

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

i asked for bakut but they gave me sliced pork. i guessed they ran out of bakut…i had the bakut when i tried again the next day & it was good too.

S$5 prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles dry

overall i think it was quite good leh…maybe comparable with ah hui prawn noodles at balestier food centre.

c.h.e.f andy

Good Standard Bakchormee @ Ah Hoe Meepok Blk 710 Clementi Ave West Street 2 on 2Nov2015

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

there’s a lot of buzz in the media & among friends lately about a japanese family who started a bakchormee mee stall at clementi west.

one friend rounded the rest of us up so today 9 of us descended on ah hoe meepok at blk 710, clementi west street 2 on 2.11.2015. ^^

ah hoe mee pok @ blk 710 clementi west st3

ah hoe meepok at blk 710, clementi west street 2

ah hoe mee pok @ blk 710 clementi west st2

ah hoe meepok at blk 710, clementi west street 2

some of us were there at 11.30am. there was no queue yet. nearer 12pm we had about 6pax & started queueing. there were then about 4 to 5 persons in the queue. but shortly after the queue was 10+ long and continued so.

singaporeans vote with their feet. as one of the reviewers johorkaki said, if the food were not good, the hype would soon fixxle out.

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

8 of us ordered the S$5 meepok dry. only 1 friend ordered the soup.

so do i think it was that good?

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

meepok was qq, texture was very good. the chilli & sauce coated the noodles well & taste was good.

there were loads of ingredients, i had 5 pork balls, 3 slices of shellfish, sliced pork, mushrooms &minced pork. there was no liver, or tipoh (the dried flatfish).

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

for me though, it could do with a bit more vinegar, and the chilli sauce though tasty, was not spicy & did not have the kick.

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok soup

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok soup

there was some garlic vinegar sauce i think, which a friend who was here for the 3rd time now said it was good, so i added that to the noodles & tossed.

i think it was similar to what we added to the ramen at Ichiran 一蘭 in fukuoka. it was nice, but somehow i still prefer the more fragrant black vinegar.

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok soup

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok soup

i did not try the soup version. it looked good too. i will certainly try the soup version next time.

my benchmark for meepok teng (soup version) is xing ji (興记) bakchormee fengshan food centre

ah hoe mee pok @ blk 710 clementi west st2

ah hoe mee pok @ blk 710 clementi west st2

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

ah hoe bakckormee S$5 meepok dry

i certainly like this bakchormee here & will take it again, but it was not compelling or must have variety for me.

i would prefer-

  1. tai hwa bakchormee at crawford lane.
  2. lai heng bakchormee at changi T3 B2 kopitiam
  3. & also the 6th avenue jalan tua kong meepok tar though that is a different fishball noodles style

bakchormee was good & we had a great time among old friends 9 of us.

it is not something though i would specially drive myself to come & eat alone. unlike say my favourite ah heng curry chicken noodles at hong lim food centre; or

the really good why eat har big prawn noodles.

c.h.e.f andy

Why Eat Har Prawn Noodles – Good As Always on 10Sep2015

why eat har prawn noodles

why eat har S$5 prawn noodles

7 of us old RI friends decided to go for a uniquely Singapore “cooling-off” morning walk at pulau ubin on 10.9.2015. ^^

we gathered at 7am at changi food centre & had mizzy corner nasi lemak. i forgot to take a photo of the nasi lemak so will not do a post on mizzy corner this time. suffice to say it was just ok & nowhere as good as selara rasa at adam road. rice not as fragrant, chilli not as tasty.

after ubin, we prior arranged to visit our close friend’s brother’s prawn noodle stall, why eat har located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6. another 4 friends joined us there, so we had 11. 🙂

why eat har prawn noodles

why eat har S$6 prawn bakut noodles

the prawns were smaller today so the stall charged S$5 instead of S$6.

i had my usual prawn noodles dry. some friends ordered the prawn bakut noodles. i had tried the bakut here & it was very good, fork tender but good bite not sinewy &  falling apart & good pork rib taste. 2 pieces for just $1 more definitely more than worth it. for this day though, for myself, i just wanted to eat the prawn noodles.

why eat har prawn noodles

why eat har S$5 prawn noodles

the proprietor, our good friend’s brother, chong loong came by & chatted. i told him the noodles, chilli & soup were now very consistent – QQ noodles, very fragrant, tasty chilli not too oily, and intense flavourful soup. very good in fact!

this the 3rd time i had the prawn noodles here, and unlike (say) ah hui @ balestier food centre which was good one time & so so the next, it is good here every time!

the stall is now only open on even days only ie tuesdays, thursday & saturdays. this is really not an easy commitment, but it is really admirable that chong loong has the passion to continue to dish out such wonderful food.

c.h.e.f andy

Instant Noodles with Prawns & Oysters

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

wife, children were out, eating alone this evening.

didn’t feel like cooking anything. looked at the freezer & picked out some prawns & frozen oysters – easiest to defrost. the prawns had shells on so easy to separate.

myojo chicken abalone instant noodles

myojo chicken abalone instant noodles

did not feel like having the more expensive instant noodles like (1) mykuali penang white curry noodles or (2) instant mala ramen 香锅麻辣牛肉面 or (3) nissin kyushu black ramen. so just pick the cheap myojo chicken abalone instant noodles. 🙂

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

noodles were quite tasty. prawns were fresh & oysters large & plump.

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

instant noodles with prawn & oysters

after all the nice big prawn noodles at why eat har, i was kidding my friend whose brother is the co-proprietor of why eat har that i am now having small prawns instant noodles.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Yummy Big Prawn Noodles @ Why Eat Har on 28Apr2015

S$5 prawn nooldes

S$5 prawn noodles

had another round of yummy big prawn nooldes at why eat har, a big prawn noodles stall opened recently by my good friend’s brother.

the last time i tried was with a big group of friends on 6.3.2015. this time we had 10 chap pies.^^

why eat har @ thye hwa heng food centre

why eat har @ thye hwa heng canteen

thye hwa heng canteen is located at blk 29 eunos avenue 6 near to signpost building. many car workshops here.

S$5 prawn nooldes

S$5 prawn noodles

the S$5 prawn noodles looked marvellously yummy! 🙂

the 2 prawns (4 pieces of 1/2-sliced prawns) were quite a bit larger than the S$5 bowl at ah hui at balestier food centre.

S$6 big prawn noodles

S$5 prawn noodles

not so evident from the photo that the S$6 big prawns were much larger than these S$5 ones.

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

6 of us ordered the S$6 big prawn noodles. not sure if this was the usual pricing as the board said S$8, but prawns do vary in size & price on the day & i know the stalls adjust the prices accordingly sometimes. e.g. when we were at wah kee at pekkio food centre, cambridge road recently, the prawns were larger than what they served for S$10 so we had to order S$15 big prawn noodles.

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

most of us added the S$2 pork ribs so total+S$8. i think one friend had the S$6 w/o pork ribs.

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

S$6 big prawn noodles + $2 pork ribs

noodles were lesser than the last round (which was like the 2nd day after stall opened & we feedback that noodles were a bit much).

chilli sauce was more intense, could be because of lesser noodles, but did feel a bit tastier.

prawns were good as last time. the proprietor chong long, my friend’s brother, said the fishmonger told him these prawns were sweeter than anka prawns & a friend agreed it was sweeter. i must say i did not feel much difference. i though the prawns this time were just slightly overdone & not as bouncy as last round, but equally fresh & sweet. 🙂

the pork ribs were very good standard, very tender, consistent but not falling apart & great taste. as a pork rib dish i thought it was very good, very well done. personally though i not specially into the tender pork ribs noodles bit. for pork ribs i prefer bakuteh style with slightly more bite rather than the soft bones teture & feel.

fruits

fruits

a friend bought some fruits from the next stall.

very yummy & enjoyable prawn noodles. will come back again later.^^

c.h.e.f andy

My Favoruite Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles on 2Apr2015

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

a friend had to go for big prawn noodles today. not sure where the sudden cravings came from. we were at first planning to go to why eat har, a very good new big prawn noodle house started by a mutual friend’s brother. but was told that he was away & the stall was closed today.

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

anyhow, we decided to go to wah kee big prawn noodles at pek kio food centre at cambridge road. i was there at 11.30am today, a thursday, 2.4.2015 (wah kee is closed on mondays).

this has always been my favourite big prawn noodles stall though i had not been here many years.

i queued for 30mins+ & we waited another 5 mins for noodles to be ready. the “famous” lady serving told us that the prawns today were too big for S$10, and she had to charge S$15. we decided to take her suggestion to order 2 bowls S$5 & 2 bowls S$15 for 4 of us.

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

wah kee has always served the large prawns in a separate metal pot. looked impressive but more important of course was how good it tasted.

the prawns for S$15 were huge, probably >100g each, fresh and excellent. in my memory which was really quite many years back the S$10 prawns were also very big. anyway, it was quite ok just to try. i am not sure though i would want to pay S$15 for this if i come again.

wah kee big prawn noodles dry

wah kee big prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles

S$5 prawn noodles

we asked for additional haebeehiam chilli. i added a bit to the noodles. the noodles & chilli mix was excellent, though the lady totally forgotten i ordered beehoon mee & we got 4 bowls of just mee instead.

for me, though why eat har’s chilli was also very good, wah kee’s haebeehiam chilli was really superb. we suspected that haebeehiam chilli was added which gave the large prawn soup (usual S$10 or today’s S$15) a lot more intense flavours than the S$5 soup.

the total dining experience (& by that i meant only the food visuals, flavours, texture, excluding ambience & service) was excellent, indeed the soup & large prawns are something i can think & crave for.

if i compare just the S$5 prawn noodles for wah kee, why eat har & ah hui, wah kee’s chilli was better, soup thereabout or better, so wah kee would still be tops. wah kee & ah hui had 2 prawns, whereas why eat har had 3, and ah hui’s prawns were smaller than wah kee’s. so if i want the big prawns, it’s wah kee, if i want the S$5 prawns, it’s wah kee or if want want more value than why eat har, and if i want pig’s tail together with prawns, then ah hui.

but all 3 are good for repeat visits.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Prawn Noodles @ Ah Hui Balestier Food Centre on 17Mar2015

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

went with my sis & bil to balestier food centre today on 17.3.2015.

ah hui big prawn noodles @balestier FC

ah hui big prawn noodles @balestier FC

sis & i decided to have the prawn noodles at ah hui 阿辉 big prawn noodles. the stall was previously located at long house, the popular 14yr eatery at upper thomson road.

we were early at 11am so there was no queue.

recently, my close friend’s brother started an excellent big prawn noodle stall “Why Eat Har” at thye hwa heng canteen, blk 29 eunos avenue 6.  this triggers my interest to try out a few prawn noodle stalls. 🙂

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

to compare apple with apple, i bought the S$5 dry thick beehoon noodles. ^^

my first reaction was that the chilli was not as good as that at “Why Eat Har”, which was spicier, more tasty & gave a better kick – maybe more haebeehiam?? not sure. i tossed the noodles a bit more and the taste improved. this amount of noodles was just nice & much less than that at “Why Eat Har” as observed previously.

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

prawns were fresh & nice. there were 6 half-prawns (3 prawns) for S$5 dry c/w with 4 half-prawns (2 prawns) at “Why Eat Har”, but the size of prawns were substantially smaller.  in terms of value, the 2 much large prawns at “Why Eat Har” was greater value.^^

the soup was very tasty & intense!

my first reaction was that this soup just pipped the one at “Why Eat Har” which was also very good. “Why Eat Har” is just 2 week old, so have to go back there & try again. will probably try the big prawns for comparison.

$5 prawn+pig tail noodles

$5 prawn+pig tail noodles

my sis had the $5 prawn+pig’s tail noodles. this had 3 half-prawns + 3 pieces of pigs tail. this option was not available at “Why Eat Har”. for those who want pigs tail, this seemed like a very good option.

the soup for the soup version was not as intense as the dry version, due to the noodles. i like both versions but for the purpose of trying out the chilli & more intense soup, i almost had dry version exclusively when i had big prawn noodles at wah kee at pek kio food centre, cambridge road previously. did not go for a few years now. will try it again soon. ^^

overall the S$5 prawn noodles dry at ah hui and “Why Eat Har” were almost equally good in every respect. personally, i will go for “Why Eat Har” for the larger prawns, but i will be quite happy to go back to ah hui also. if i go with my sis who likes pigs tail, then ah hui provides the additional option. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Shiok Home Lunch for 9pax Friends on 9Mar2015

did an interesting & fun 9pax lunch for my RI friends on 9.3.2015. ^^

this time i did –

  1. “hong lim FC curry chicken noodles”
  2. chilli crab angel hair w/o crab
  3. crabless beehoon (with prawns & large oysters)
  4. a char siew pork neck & curry miso belly pork (both first try)
achar

achar

a friend brought very nice appetising achar made by his m-i-l.

i started the 2 dishes – crabless beehoon & chilli crab angel hair pasta when all my friends arrived at 1pm+.

all the ingredients were ready, so i just fried chopped shallots, garlic, chilli padi & sliced ginger to get a fragrant aroma then added & fried the beehoon which were softened in water. i then added the intense prawn stock & prawns (with shell) & the chinese cabbage & reduced under high fire. i added oyster sauce & corn flour & when almost done, i added the large oysters & some cooked prawns (shelled) which i had earlier fried in butter. voila!^^

it was delicious! the beehoon was well infused with very intense shellfish stock. prawns & oysters were plump & tasty. 🙂

chilli crab angel hair pasta was the easiest to do. i had earlier browned some garlic cloves in olive oil, & so emptied these to the pan. then i added the prepared chilli crab sauce & brought to boil (i was distracted & forgot to add an egg which is standard for chilli crab). then i added the angel hair & same pre butter-fried prawns, off the fire & tossed. then topped with fresh basil front he garden. that’s all to it!^^

the angel hair was great in soaking up the chilli crab sauce. my friends liked this dish a lot. 🙂

for the “hong lim FC curry chicken noodles”, this had to be served last. first its stronger taste would mask the other 2 dishes. second, it has to be served hot in individual bowls – would be completely cold after all the group photos etc.

1 of the key ingredient was the poached chicken 白斩鸡. & my was really good, among the best.^^

noodles, fishcake,bean sprouts

noodles, fishcake,bean sprouts

curry for curry chicken noodles

curry for curry chicken noodles

the curry was more difficult, but on this second try, i think it was quite close to the real thing.

i am benchmarking hong lim FC ah heng curry chicken noodles. i have to say between the 2, i will still go for ah heng’s, but mine was pretty close la… 🙂

my close friend’s brother just started a prawn noodle stall Why Eat Har last week, and some of us had already tried it.

i was sharing that it was such a difficult thing to achieve. for me, his prawn noodles was already among the best & serving in large volume to paying customers, but for me, i can get close to ah heng’s curry chicken noodles but still not quite!

char siew was 1st time using pork neck & also this preparation. char siew sauce was the same recipe i used previously but i used slow cooking for 8 hrs in the oven (at 90degC for 2 hrs and 80degC for 6hrs), then browned slightly at 250degC for 15mins.

char siew was flavourful & tender. many friends did like the taste, but i felt it was not anywhere near a good quality char siew, so i may experiment a bit more with it.

curry miso belly pork

curry miso belly pork

curry miso belly pork

curry miso belly pork

the curry miso belly pork was edible but many things were wrong with it. i made a very good curry miso lamb recently (1st try) so had wanted to experiment on belly pork.  for the lamb i added stock & vegetables & the result was like a casserole, very flavourful, tender & moist. but i decided to do this using just the dry rub. the result was the skin was tough not quite edible & the curry taste was too strong & not moderated with the miso & vegetable sweetness. got to rework this.

strawberries

strawberries

we had my usual tofu cheese cake which everyone loved, and strawberries brought by our usual strawberry supplier.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Big Prawn Noodles @ Why Eat Har on 6Mar2015

4 halves large anka prawns

4 halves large angka prawns

my close friend’s brother started a prawn noodle stall. he is much into cooking & did a very good chilli crab for my homecooked dinner previously.

the opening was on 5.3.2015. so many of us dropped by to give it a try on 6.3.2015.^^

Why Eat Har5

Why Eat Har

“Why Eat Har” is located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

“Why Eat Har” is located at ThyeHwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

the chinese name literally means “greedy prawns”, which has a good spin to it as it means the prawn noodles & the stall makes you greedy & want to eat more & come back for more.^^

the english version makes use of the similar sounding words “why” (english) and “har” (cantonese) & string them together as Why Eat Har. this can mean why eat prawns as in why eat this prawn noodles? or singlish why eat har? (answer = it’s good of course!).^^

the name was a good start, generating interest & buzz, and according to a close friend (not close enough to know that he is an expert in branding until now….hahaha!) an immensely brandable one (talking about franchising).^^

S$5 beehoon mee dry

S$5 beehoon mee dry

well, the defining thing for hawker fare is still the taste. singaporeans will tolerate nazi chefs and travel to far corners of the island just for good food.

& believe me, this prawn noodles is good! 🙂

the noodles & beehoon were cooked just right with a good bite. tau gays still crunchy. most of us though thought the quantity of noodles were a bit much. maybe it suits the canteen location, a good hearty meal to warm up to. but still i finished all the noodles, and usually i am a “low carb” guy, and 1/2 the amount of noodles would be too much for me already.

the soup was flavourful & fairly intense. & one of the best things was the chilli. this really not easy to get right starting from scratch. but this a very good chilli (also the consensus among 10+ diners), 1 of the best i had.

for me, the only place i had chilli better than this (& the soup was also more intense) was at wah kee at pek kio food centre, cambridge road. that again is subjective as some friends find wah kee’s soup a bit oily.

stall proprietors & friend

stall proprietors & friend

"Why Eat Har" is located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

“Why Eat Har” is located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

i have not taken much of prawn noodles in the last many years, so i may not be the best person to talk about prawn noodles.

in the early days i liked the 人人 peoples’ prawn noodles at pasir panjang (i think it’s now in geylang but i have not tried that yet). then there is hoe nam at tai thong crescent which i also liked a while back. something a bit more recent (like 5 years back), i liked the noo cheng adam road prawn noodles at zion road food centre (not sure if it is still there). the noo cheng adam road prawn noodles at adam road food centre i find so-so. & there is the beach road prawn noodles everyone talked about( i thought at first that i had not tried it before but i think i had actually taken once >10 years back & it was quite good).

but during all these time my favourite was wah kee big prawn noodles at pek kio food centre at cambridge road. 🙂

S$5 prawn noodle soup

S$5 prawn noodle soup

4 halves large anka prawns

4 halves large anka prawns

S$5 prawn noodle dry

S$5 prawn noodle dry

back to Why Eat Har.

the prawns also was very good! they were large & fresh & sweet. there were 2 large prawns (4 halves) for S$5.^^

overall it was very enjoyable meal for S$5, and i must say among the best prawn noodles i have taken.

i will go back & try again after a few weeks. let things settle down a bit.

for myself, i find it a very formidable challenge to attempt this hawker stall thingy. first, it is such an incredible effort & time commitment. so much to do everyday from marketing, preparing the stock & other ingredients like pork rib, fish cake etc, cleaning up etc, & of course all the other issues in running a business. & you are competing with the best which are in business for 30 years, 50years.

i cook a bit myself. just 2 days back i had friends over for a 9pax lunch & one of the dishes i cooked was a “hong lim FC curry chicken noodles”.

it was pretty good already but still it was not quite ah heng’s curry chicken noodles standard & to cook for 80 or 100 bowls a day? that’s really something else. so i was sharing with my friends how difficult i think it was to be able to produce what Why Eat Har did. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy