Asian Noodles

Asian Noodles

Featuring Putien (Kitchener Road), Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, Imperial Treasure Nan Bei Restaurant (Ngee Ann City), Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant (Dover), The Frontier (NUS Science Canteen), Le Shrimp Ramen (Paragon), Blanco Court Prawn Noodle, Greyhound Cafe, Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle (Serangoon Garden Market), Putien (NEX)
Anne Tay
Anne Tay

One of the rare occasions when the actual dish turns out better than the photo. This humongous bowl contains lots and lots of chunks of tender beef and tendon, smooth slippery la mian noodles, some xiao bai cai, baby carrots and radish slices, immersed in a large amount of tasty beef soup.

I’ve never tasted crispy noodles that’s as crispy and dry as this, without being burnt. The crispiness is amazing, and when you get to the bottom, while you’re left with the soggy parts of the noodles, there’s prawns, fish and clams to complete the joy of eating this. This dish is good for sharing. If you’re alone and can’t finish twin towers of noodles, they also have a version with just a single tower.

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The mix of prawn and pork ribs comes in 3 sizes, small ($5), medium ($9) and large ($11). The price refers mainly to the size of the prawns. I like the soup. It’s the dark brown type that’s not very prawn-y but still very tasty, and it doesn’t have much MSG. Prawns are appropriately sized for the price. Not my favourite bowl of prawn mee, but this is definitely one of the better bowls around. Some of the aunties are rather grumpy, and one repeatedly chased us away from our table.

The best thing about this is the light, clear and flavourful soup. There’s no milk and it doesn’t taste like there’s MSG in it, it’s just naturally tasty. There’s a good amount of smooth batang fish – the fish isn’t spectacular but it’s good enough to satisfy any fish soup cravings.

I’m not usually a fan of milk fish soups, but I wanted to drink up all of this fish soup! I’m not sure why it’s so good – is it the XO? Or the slices of ginger? Do they boil the fish bones in it for a long time? It’s so tasty!

The other highlight is the fish. The fish here are not fish slices. They’re thick hefty meaty chunks of fish, and there’s lots of them, making it a very value-for-money bowl.

Quite a nice seafood soup with a tasty clear soup, though expensive for the amount of ingredients. There’s prawns, fish, minced pork, a fishball, meatballs, fried fish cake, fish maw and lettuce. An extra $1 got me a lot of extra bittergourd. I like this with Ipoh hor fun.

Zion Road prawn mee is my favourite! Prices have gone up over the years and they’re now 8/12/16/20/25, but when you see the size of the prawns you understand why. The prawns are huge, and are of monstrous proportions if you pay $25. There’s also a good portion of tender pork ribs, and the soup is wonderfully rich with both a prawn and a porky fragrance.

I had the fish maw noodle soup which this stall is famous for. It comes in two sizes, $11 and $13, and I got the $11 one. I loved the huge soft chunks of fish maw. There’s also pork liver, mushrooms, minced pork and a few cabbage leaves. Unfortunately I didn’t really like the soup. Yes it is cloudy and eggy, but it is also loaded up with an overwhelming amount of MSG.

From Delicacy Fish Soup. Despite the good reviews online, there was barely any queue. The soup is clear and light with dried sole fish added to it. What I liked best was the thick chunks and good portion of fish. It’s not the best fish soup but it’s above average.

There’s a choice of small ($2.50, no dumplings), medium ($3, 2 dumplings) and large ($4, 6 dumplings). This was the large. While the mee kia is mediocre, the dumplings and the soup are the highlights. The skin of the dumplings is mediocre, but it encases this amazing filling of meat and dried fish that taste nothing like any other dumplings I’ve ever eaten. The soup is garlicky and flavourful, with lots of minced pork.

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The Noodles stall usually has one of the longest queues. I don’t think this dish is on the menu, but everyone knows about it. Just tell the uncle or aunty “can can” (“mix mix” in Chinese) and you get a mix of all the ingredients – mushrooms, minced pork, fishballs, fishcake, ngoh hiang, shredded chicken, beansprouts, green vegetables, spring onions, wanton, shui jiao, and your choice of noodles, the default being a nice springy mee kia. And all for the price of $2.30! You just don’t get this type of value for money anywhere else. I had the soup form, but the dry form is good too.

I had some difficulty taking a photo of this as everything kept getting hidden in the soup. There’s actually rice noodles (like Ipoh hor fun) and several slices of beef in this. It was alright, the beef was somewhat tough but it was more or less what you’d expect from a bowl of pho.

Anne Tay

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