Da Shi Jia offers big prawn white bee hoon at Orchard
Seafood white bee hoon is a dish most of us have heard of or ate at least once in our life. Sotong, fishcake slices, prawns, chye sim, and egg are the usual ingredients added to it. They are then simmered in chicken stock to make the white bee hoon dish we’re familiar with. With the white bee hoon trend slowly dying down, however, Da Shi Jia has changed the game by adding big prawns into white bee hoon that is simmered in prawn stock.
Food at Da Shi Jia
At $16.80, the portion of their Wok-fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon didn’t seem to justify its price. Putting my disappointment aside, I dug in. The white bee hoon at Da Shi Jia is really unlike any typical white bee hoon out there. I was impressed by how strong the wok hei was, and how the gravy was so umami and rich. Each and every strand of bee hoon was full of flavour, as it soaked up the prawn stock it was cooked in.
The dish came with three fleshy and springy prawns. The prawn meat gave off a good crunch with every bite I took, in contrast to the bee hoon that carried a softer bite. Their juices then oozed into my mouth and my taste buds were enveloped by their sweetness.
One good thing about Da Shi Jia is that you’re able to request for a small dish of pork lard to give your white bee hoon an extra oomph.
We spotted a bowl of hae mee on almost every table. Seeing how different it looks as compared to the typical prawn noodles we always have, my colleague and I decided to order a bowl of Prawn Noodle ($5.80) as well. It came with lean pork slices, bouncy fishcake slices, and fresh pieces of prawns.
Customers are given the choice to choose from yellow noodles, kway teow, and bee hoon. When in a dilemma, go for a mixture of two out of the three offered!
The broth of the prawn noodles we usually have at hawker centres is strong in flavour and looks brown. However, the one at Da Shi Jia was lighter and less salty in comparison, but still packed with sufficient prawn flavour – very similar to the ones I’ve had in Penang. The orangey broth also left a slightly sweet aftertaste on my tongue.
Ambience at Da Shi Jia
Da Shi Jia is one of the many eateries situated along the stretch of Killiney Road, and it houses about 12 tables. It takes less than 10 minutes to walk there from Orchard Central. According to their menu, the sizes of their prawn noodles range from big, to big big, to big big big! So do not fret if you are going there alone or with a group of friends – their menu caters to all group sizes!
Out of the two dishes, I liked the big prawn white bee hoon better. Looks- and taste-wise, it was really different from the usual white bee hoon we eat. This is a place I would bring my family members and grandmother to if we are ever in town together.
Address: 89 Killiney Road, Singapore 239534
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6372 1085
Da Shi Jia is not a halal eatery.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg