Thursday, September 5, 2013

Traditional Famous Prawn Mee at Bedok South - Amazing Dried Prawn Noodles

I believe I am not alone in saying that I am a bigger fan of the soup variant of our classic prawn noodles hawker dish than the lesser eaten dried version, and I would not blame you for being in the same league.

For the dried prawn noodles served in most places are usually less flavorsome and is usually boosted with an overpowering of chilli and ketchup that makes up for the lack of strong shrimp flavors, leaving behind just a very normal bowl of noodles.

Imagine my delight when I was finally brought to a dried prawn noodles that was totally amazing and went against the usual grain of serving superior soup based prawn noodles.

Located at the opposite end of the HDB block from where I previously blogged about the incredible kopitiam dim sum stall in Bedok South, this stall is surprisingly run by a PRC lady who was every bit as diligent and taking care and effort in her preparation her food.

Besides serving the 2 variants of prawn noodles, she also sells lor mee as well, but really, its the dried prawn mee here that is the main star of this rather humble looking stall. And here's why.

Dried Prawn Noodles

First of all, let me just say that the prawn broth on its own was rather unbalanced. In the sense that the best prawn noodle broth always have that delicate balance of prawn and pork bone flavors, each balancing the other out without one being too dominant.

Here, there was a distinct lack of porky taste, and the shrimp flavor was the sole dominance, and drinking it by itself would leave you rather uneven and yearning for the sweetness of the pork flavors.

However, when you pair with the noodles, it actually brought out the flavors of the chilli extremely well. And the other key was the chilli used, for the owner actually used 2 types of chilli in the noodles before flavoring it with the usual ketchup.

For one, the chillies were not overly spicy until your tongue was totally numbed out, and for another, the kick of the chillies was just sufficient to kick you into overdrive but still permitted your palate to savor the delicate spices beneath them.

And then there were the really well chosen and cooked prawns that just completed the dish perfectly. The prawns were incredibly plump and crunchy despite their regular looking size, cooked to perfection.

The dish was deceptive, for when I first tasted the soup, I thought I would be disappointed, but after putting everything together, it was a total delight and surprise. Goes to show sometimes you cannot just eat one thing on its own, but rather, have everything together to tantalize your palate as an ensemble.

Best overall prawn noodles it may not be, but as far as dried prawn noodles is concerned, this place reigns supreme for now.

Traditional Famous Prawn Mee
Blk 69 Bedok South Ave 3


  1. Tomorrow going to eat Traditional Famour Prawn Mee, you know?

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