Prawn mee worth your buck and time
Savoury with a mild but lasting aftertaste, prawn mee can practically be a textbook definition of umami. The key to an outstanding bowl of prawn noodles lies in its soup, and whether it’s made with just prawns or with pork, a good soup can leave you slurping ‘till the last bit.
1. Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Mee
Those who work around Great World City will know how long the queue at Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Mee can get. Be prepared to wait for 10 to 20 minutes if you come during lunch hours. I tasted more pork than prawn in this murky broth, which was somewhat creamy and light. For $6, you’ll get large banana prawns with slices of fish cake, pork belly, pork skin and pork ribs.
Address: 70 Zion Road, Stall 4, Zion Riverside Food Centre, Singapore 247792
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 11pm
2. Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House
This warm-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. For $5.80 or $8.80, you’ll get a regular bowl of prawn mee with medium-sized prawns. If you’d like, you can get Jumbo Prawn Mee with larger prawns for $11.80.
Address: 370 East Coast Road, Singapore 428981
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 7:30am to 4pm
Tel: 6345 7196
3. Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee
Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee has the same origin as Beach Road Prawn Mee, hence you might find similarities in the taste of both broths. The umami broth here is sweetened by prawns, and herbs are used to balance out the strong taste of pork. A regular bowl of prawn mee is priced at $5, and their Big Prawn Noodles, 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
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 comes with the sweetness of prawns. $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.
Address: 31 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347859
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6:30am to 4:30pm, 6pm to 4:30am
Tel: 6281 9293
5. Blanco Court Prawn Mee
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 find yourself with 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 great 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
Here’s one for purists: prawns are the only ingredient used in the making of Wah Kee’s rich broth. The recipe was created 65 years ago, and they claim that even Chow Yun-Fatt queued for a bowl of prawn mee here. Prices start at $3 for a small bowl, and can go as high as $25 for jumbo tiger prawns. For $15, I got three palm-sized jumbo prawns, which were fresh, sweet, crunchy and meaty like lobsters. Wah Kee recently opened a new outlet at Esplanade serving the same prawn noodles and more.
Address: 41A Cambridge Road, #01-15, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 210041
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 7:30am to 2pm
Tel: 6327 9187
Check out our full review of Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle’s Esplanade outlet.
7. Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodle
Whitley Road Big Prawn Mee used to be found under a flyover along Whitley Road many years back, and they are now considered one of the OGs of good prawn mee in Singapore. A regular bowl of prawn mee costs $5.50 and comes with four halved prawns. 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-Sun 9am to 8pm
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 can get you a bowl of prawn mee soup, and those who are feeling up for a splurge can pay $18.90 for Lobster Bee Hoon Soup. They usually use Asian lobsters, but on days they don’t have a supply of those, they use Columbian lobsters instead and will charge an extra $6. You’ll find a bunch of clams in your bowl no matter which prawn mee your order, and even though the mixture of ingredients may create inconsistency in the flavour of the broth, it’ll be a feast for crustacean lovers.
9. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
No fancy ingredients here, just simple and old-school prawn mee with all the right components. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles is run by a third-generation owner with a recipe that has spanned decades. Their prawn noodles, which costs $3 or $4, is topped with slices of blanched prawns, sliced pork and shallot oil.
Address: 665 Buffalo Road, #01-326, Tekka Food Centre, Singapore 210665
Opening hours: Sun-Tue, Thur-Fri 6:30am to 2pm
10. Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee
Aside from the usual prawn mee that costs $4, Wen Wen Pork Rib 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: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-147, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 9026 5983
Check out our full review of the Seafood Prawn Mee Steamboat at Wen Wen.
Cheap, good and satisfying
Whether you consider it a simple breakfast or an indulgence, prawn mee will always be a dish most Singaporeans can’t get enough of. As long as its broth has the sweetness of fresh prawns and is savoury and umami, a bowl of prawn mee can easily satisfy. Let us know in the comments if we missed out your favourite prawn mee!