Best prawn mee and seafood soup in Singapore
The key to our prawn mee-loving hearts is the broth. The richer, the more robust, the better. Sometimes, the ante is upped with more seafood, creating unique takes on the classic hae mee dish.
Packing on the layers of flavour are our list of 20 prawn mee and seafood soup stalls which will touch your souls with their umami-laden broths. Are these the best prawn noodles in Singapore? You be the judge.
1. Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle
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They used to be Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Mee, a branch of the original stall at Adam Road, but they are now known as Fresh Taste Big Prawn Noodle. Their prawn mee has gained them a spot on the Michelin Bib Gourmand guide, so be prepared to queue. I tasted more pork than prawn in this milky broth, which was creamy from hours of boiling. For $6, you’ll get large banana prawns with slices of fish cake, pork belly, pork skin and pork ribs.
Address: 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 9006 4655
2. Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House
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This amber-hued broth from Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House tastes clean, and comes with notes of herbs, a slight touch of shallot oil, as well as pork lard. I usually add a few shakes of fine chilli powder, which is more smoky than spicy. The regular bowl goes for $5.80, which gets you medium-sized prawns. Their most popular option is the Jumbo Prawn Mee at $12, which comes with larger prawns.
Address: 370 East Coast Road, Singapore 428981
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 7am to 4pm
Tel: 6345 7196
3. Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee
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Another prawn mee that made its way into the Michelin Guide, Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee was awarded the Michelin Plate for its tasty signature dish. It’s an offshoot from the same family that brought you Beach Road Prawn Mee, hence you might find similarities in the taste of both broths. The soup here is lighter than some of the other stalls, although it is still rich with the sweetness of prawns. A regular bowl of Pork Rib Prawn Mee is priced at $5, and their Sultan Prawn Mee, which comes with huge prawns, costs $10.
Address: 2 Jalan Ayer, Singapore 389141
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8am to 3:30pm
Tel: 6748 2488
4. River South (Hoe Nam) Noodles House
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Nestled in the middle of a few shophouses near Potong Pasir MRT Station, River South (Hoe Nam) Noodles House offers prawn mee that tastes simple and comforting. The broth has a strong taste of pork and shellfish. $4.50 can get you a bowl of prawn mee, but those who want something more can try Five-in-One Bowl ($10/$12/$15) that includes medium-sized prawns, abalone clams, pork ribs, pig’s tail and pig’s intestine. Check out how this stall fares against other iconic prawn mees here.
Address: 31 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347859
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 7am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 7am to 3pm, 5pm to 2am
Tel: 6281 9293
5. Blanco Court Prawn Mee
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Blanco Court Prawn Mee started in 1928, so chances are, your ah gong might have brought ah ma here for prawn mee years ago. For $5.80, you’ll get a medium bowl of prawn mee with three halved prawns, pork ribs and a light shower of fried shallot oil. Together with kang kong, the combination of thick bee hoon and egg noodles creates a mix of textures. With ample space and swift service, this casual eatery makes a great spot for lunch.
Address: 243 Beach Road, Singapore 189754
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 7am to 4pm
Tel: 6396 8464
6. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
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Here’s one for purists: Wah Kee uses nothing but prawns in its broth, thus its bright orange hue. The stall is known for its temperamental owners, which did not faze the mighty Chow Yun-Fatt, who once queued for a bowl of prawn mee here.
Prices start at $5 for a small bowl, but we recommend going at least for the $10 bowl with dry mee kia (thin yellow noodles). The mee kia is made specially for Wah Kee, and they blend the sauces fresh on-site daily! Do note that their branch at Esplanade is no longer in operation.
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8:30am to 2pm
Address: 41A Cambridge Road, #01-15, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 210041
Tel: 6327 9187
7. Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodle
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Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee, now considered one of the OG stalls of good prawn mee in Singapore, used to run its operations under a flyover along Whitley Road many years back. A regular bowl of Big Prawn Pork Rib Noodle costs $5.50. Thanks to their relatively long opening hours, the soup here gets more robust later in the day.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-98, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 9am to 8pm, Sat-Sun 9am to 9pm
Tel: 9830 1557
8. Sumo Big Prawn
Run by young hawkers in their 20s, Sumo Big Prawn offers fancy ingredients such as clams, crayfish and lobster with noodles. $5 gets you a bowl of prawn mee soup, and if you’re up for a splurge, $18.90 gets you a Lobster Bee Hoon Soup. They usually use Asian lobsters, but on days they don’t have a supply of those, they use Columbian lobsters with a top-up of $6. All bowls come with prawns and clams, making for an extreme seafood broth packed full of flavour.
Address: Blk 628 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-72, Ang Mo Kio 628 Market, Singapore 560628
Opening hours: Mon 9am to 2pm, Tues-Sun 9am to 7:30pm
Tel: 9299 2621
9. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
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No fancy ingredients here, just simple and old-school prawn mee done right. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles is run by a third-generation young hawker, whose grandfather used to sell prawn mee from a pushcart in Whampoa in the 1950s. The late Anthony Bourdain has eaten here before, too! Their prawn noodles, which start from $4, are topped with slices of blanched prawns, sliced pork and shallot oil. Go for the dry version with chilli ─ that’s what everyone gets.
Address: 665 Buffalo Road, #01-326, Tekka Food Centre, Singapore 210665
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 6:30am to 2pm
10. Wen Wen Big Prawn Mee
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Apart from the usual prawn mee that costs $4, Wen Wen Big Prawn Mee also offers a premium bowl that includes abalone, pork ribs and prawn for $18. But what you must have here is their Seafood Prawn Mee Steamboat ($50 for two, $60 for four, $80 for six people) that comes with a whole crab, pork ribs, pig’s tail and pretty much whatever they have available on the shelf. You can buy your own ingredients to throw into the steamboat too!
Address: 69 Geylang Bahru, #01-22, Singapore 330069
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 12pm to 2pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 9026 5983
11. Da Dong Prawn Noodles
Now run by young hawkerpreneur Watson Lim, Da Dong Prawn Noodles was founded by his father in 1966. It ticks most of our boxes for a great bowl of prawn noodles, and the broth is so precious, refills are not entertained. Their Big Prawn Noodles ($15) comes with five huge prawns, or you can go for the standard Pork Rib Prawn Noodles ($5).
Address: 354 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427600
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 7:30am to 2pm, Sun 7:30am to 1pm, Mon 7:30am to 2pm
Tel: 9817 1663
12. Chef Kang Prawn Noodle House
Michelin-starred Chef Kang sells prawn mee with a side of har cheong pork ribs, differentiating Chef Kang Prawn Noodle House from every other stall on this list. The King Prawn Noodle Soup With Prawn Paste Spare Ribs ($10) is accompanied by an impressive hunk of rib that is the star of this dish. If you’re expecting a rich, thick prawn stock enriched with pork bones, this is not the stall for you. He uses chicken feet, so the soup is significantly lighter.
Address: Blk 85 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-328, Singapore 310085
Opening hours: Tues-Sun 10am to 4pm (Or sold out)
Tel: 9771 2667
13. Prawn & Mee
Gladwin Yap and Raphael Sim, graduates of the prestigious Culinary Institute Of America, run Prawn & Mee. The prawn stock here tastes similar to the ramen soup at Lobster King Keisuke’s, its intense shrimpy taste testament to the higher ratio of prawns to pork that they use, as compared to other stalls. Go for the Prawn Noodle Dry ($4-$8), which is dangerously addictive, and it comes with an even richer soup that’s not diluted with other ingredients.
Address: Blk 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-45, Singapore 460216
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 2pm
The soup at Prawnaholic is darker than you find elsewhere, and comes with a more distinct taste. This comes from the sauce drizzled over the noodles before the broth is ladled into the bowl, providing an extra element of savouriness that heightens the sweetness of the stock. Their Special Prawn Noodles ($6.50) also comes with a handmade prawn ball, and torched slices of Kurobota pork.
Address: 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-12, Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, Singapore 519641
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9751 4417
15. East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodle
Operated by the Astons group, East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodle has a signature prawn broth that’s rich with umami, full-bodied and replete with flavour. The Classic Prawn Noodle ($5) is a generous serving, but prawn-lovers should go for the Supreme Big Prawn Noodle ($12.50), filled with jumbo prawns, pork belly slices, pork ribs and even pork tails.
16. Da Shi Jia
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Da Shi Jia is known for its Wok-fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon ($16.80), but the Prawn Noodle ($5.80) is not shabby either. It’s slightly lighter and less salty than the prawn soup you get at other hawker stalls, but there is a pleasing sweet aftertaste at the end of each mouthful. If you’re in the Orchard area, this is worth a try!
Address: 89 Killiney Road, Singapore 239534
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6732 1085
17. One Prawn Noodle
Another graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Gwyneth Ang is also formerly of the Michelin-starred Burnt Ends. One Prawn Noodle was born of her pursuit after making the best Penang-style prawn noodles in Singapore. The broth here is creamy, almost like a prawn bisque, with a mellow, well-rounded body. Soup Prawn & Prawn Balls ($7) comes with bouncy prawn balls handmade with dory fish. Toss the house-made shrimp chilli in to give the soup an extra lift of flavour!
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-93, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8pm (Or sold out)
Tel: 9639 8668
18. Big Prawn Noodles
The orange broth at Big Prawn Noodles is full-bodied and has a slight hint of spice, followed by the sweetness of prawn. If you go for the dry Big Prawn Noodle ($5-$9), you can add on a Creamy Egg ($1) and break it into your noodles for extra richness. They have now opened a new branch in Bedok North, too!
Address: 64 Loyang Way, Loyang Way Food Village, Singapore 508754
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7am to 3pm
Tel: 9083 3320
19. Yan Ji Seafood Soup
Reportedly one of the best seafood soups in Singapore, Yan Ji’s goes through a long, meticulous process before it is served. The classic Seafood Soup ($6.50-$12.50) comes with everything you get in the Crayfish Soup ($12-$18), except the crayfish. This includes prawns, fish maw, minced pork, clams, and chunks of tomato that add sweetness to the soup.
Address: 4 Woodlands Street 12, #01-26, Marsiling Mall, Singapore 738623
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9798 5886
20. Jia Li Seafood Soup
Another seafood soup to try is the one at Jia Li Seafood Soup, where the seafood is first tossed in a concentrated stock to draw out their flavours before more of the briny broth is poured in to finish the soup. It’s flavourful without being overpowering. The Seafood Soup With Batang ($6.50) comes with handmade meatballs and prawns, or you can go one-up with the Crayfish Soup With Batang ($12), that is much punchier in flavour.
Address: Blk 115 Aljunied Avenue 2, #01-35, Golden 6 Fortune Coffee Shop, Singapore 380115
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Tel: 9225 0168
Super shiok prawn mee
It’s hae mee galore with our list of prawn noodles, with the bonus throw-ins of seafood soups you can’t miss. These shellfish-laden soups are well-loved by many a foodie, and we’re certain you will like them too. Otherwise, head over to our round-up of fried hokkien prawn mee stalls for more shrimpy noodles!