Fried Prawn Noodle (more commonly known as Hokkien Mee by the Singaporeans) is one of the foods in Singapore I miss consistently. Actually it’s not that you cannot find Fried Prawn Noodle in KL, just head to the food courts in larger malls like Pavilion and there will be probably a stall selling it. But those are only good as a temporary fix and hardly satisfying if compared to the actual stuff in Singapore.
The last time I had a satisfying Fried Prawn Noodle was in Muar at an unassuming road side stall along Jalan Hashim, which the Chinese locals refer as 新路 (pronounced ‘Xin Lu’, means ‘new road’). And of course we did not magically stumble upon the stall ourselves, we sought the recommendation from our Muarian source who is also an ex-colleague of mine. Two stalls were suggested to us actually and as much as we wanted to try both, the more popular and said to the better one as well at Jalan Khalidi was not open.
As opposed to its name, Geylang Lor 29 Fried Hokkien Mee is not in Geylang but located at East Coast Road not too far away instead. Besides being a Hokkien Mee lover, another reason I just had to give it a try was due to its reputation as one of the best Hokkien Mee in Singapore.
Although this hawker dish is available in Malaysia, it is very rare and your best bet of finding it would be at Singaporean food court chains like Food Republic at Pavilion. However, the taste is never going to be the same because the skill and experience of the chef are huge factors in the taste.
For $4 the portion is satisfying with plenty of seafood, nothing to be complained about. But the taste was rather disappointing due to the fact that it was somehow lacking if compared to the rest I have had.
Remember Swee Guan Hokkien Mee at Geylang Lorong 29 that I didn’t get to try because it wasn’t open yet when I went there the last time? Because of that we had to try the one at VivoCity’s food court instead, which was something regretful for me.
Well since I am working in Singapore now I have plenty of opportunities to make another visit, and I did that just last week. I was 100% sure it would be open at night, and I was right.
I went with my colleague, who claimed that he has never tried any Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee in Singapore before despite working here for almost 2 years. His reason was simple, it didn’t look appealing or appetizing enough to him. But still, I managed to convince him to give it a try because this is one of the food you must try in Singapore.
Although there weren’t many customers when we arrived, it still took quite some time for the Hokkien Mee to arrive. Shown here is the smallest portion available at an affordable $3 only. Two medium sized prawns, some squid and a dollop of sambal accompanied the noodle.
Taste wise, as expected it was a lot better than the one I had at VivoCity previously. It was simply much flavorful, appetizing and had more ‘wok hei’, something important in any fried rice or noodle to distinguish between the good and normal ones.