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For me, a new job always means new lunch buddies and naturally lunch spots I have yet to explore. Thus, the placement brought me to River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles.

Slightly spiced, the briny broth was key with the distinctive sweetness of the shellfish taking centre stage. Though it was not overly robust; the savoury, medium bodied soup delivered a balanced punch of umami flavours in my opinion. Sticking to the standard order of Big Prawn Noodles ($5), I was also pleasantly surprised by the options available like abalone clam, baby abalone and various innards, just to name a few. The sizable prawns were firm and meaty with a springy crunch. I too, liked the fact that the prawns were partially de-shelled, leaving only the head and tip on for easy consumption. Topped with aromatic fried shallots, the yellow noodles were cooked to al dente perfection and completed the bowl of steamy shiokness.