Pork Rib Prawn Noodles – S$5.50
Some Prawn Noodle history
My research is mostly limited to my (in)ability to Google and dig up online resources, so much of what I type could be wrong. In fact it is really difficult to find information on this topic.
Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles are a weird thing. From my research it seems like it is a variant of Hokkien Mee, which are in its basic form an egg noodle dish that is accompanied with pork, squid and prawns and served with vegetables. It is brought to Singapore by immigrants from the Fujian province in China after World War 2.
Wikipedia lists 3 major types of Hokkien Mee, which are:
- Penang Version
- Rice vermicelli with egg noodles in a spicy prawn broth, served with hardboiled egg, KangKung, bean sprouts, fried shallots, lard and sambal.
- Noodles stir fried in a stock, garnished with fish cakes, pork ribs, spring onions/chives and squid
- Kuala Lumpur Version
- Like the Singapore version, but stir fried with additional Dark Soy Sauce to give a dark colour
Reading this Singapore’s NLB post on Prawn Noodles seem to suggest that Hokkien Mee has branched out to become 2 major types in Singapore. One is the soup based version that I am showing above that is probably closer to the Penang version, and the other is a stir fried version that is listed in the Wikipedia article. Wikipedia has no separate article for Pork Rib Prawn Noodles, but this is a dish that is pretty common in Singapore. Now, it is commonly found in a lot of hawker centers, but to my knowledge isn’t common in air conditioned food courts.
~End of small information bit~
But regardless of history, this Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles has 3 components.
From tasting, the stock is full of flavour from the prawns. Compared to other Prawn noodle soups, this one is milder in terms of the shrimpy flavours, and instead has a balance. Despite the deep brown colour, the soup isn’t hard to drink. It is smooth and not viscous at all in terms of texture. A good stock.
3 Prawns, about 2 small pieces of pork ribs, 2 LaLas (clams, not sure if LaLa is a specific type of clam), and a small handful of beansprouts. Ingredients tastes really fresh and has a good bite to all of them. Really no complains here. My guess is that the shell portions of the prawns and the pork ribs are used for the stock, and when cooking it they might have used the stock to cook the ingredients. Ingredients themselves don’t absorb much of the stock flavour, but are delicious as they taste fresh.
Noodles are pretty weak. First impression is that this is definitely out sourced from a supplier. Almost no texture to speak of in terms of bite, and is generally unsatisfying to slurp or eat. Noodles also don’t cling to the soup well, which I personally believe is the ideal state for a noodle soup dish. Like the kinds you see in good ramen where the flavours of the broth cling and stick to each individual strain of noodle.
Rating for Geylang Bahru Wen Wen Pork Rib Prawn Noodles
I rate food based on how far I am willing to travel, as well as whether I think the price I paid for it justifies it. You can read more about why here.
Keep in mind that there are also a lot of other food stalls here, which makes travelling here more worth while than usual as well. I am willing to travel a little to eat this, but the main attraction of a hawker centre is the variety of food you can get.
At S$5.50 (there is also a S$7 option) I believe I am getting everything I asked for.
When should you eat this?
This is a small meal treat.
Pretty imbalanced in terms of the food pyramid. A concern would be getting enough vegetables. Don’t be surprised if this is high in sodium as well. Plan for more veggies for your next meal.
But I’m just a fat boi… What do other people think?
Despite me reviewing their normal bowl of Pork Rib Prawn noodles, most of the reviewers seem to be talking about their Seafood Hotpot/steamboat offerings (S$50 and up).
Eatbook only talks about the steamboat offerings. 9/10
Misstamchiak too only talked about the steamboat offerings… will definitely return.
AllAboutCeil got the Big Prawn noodles ($12, with larger prawns) and thought it was enjoyable.
Their Facebook page gave extremely good reviews at 4.8/5 with 78 ratings, with most people saying good things about service and steamboat.