Monday, 31 October 2016
Yong Chun Prawn Noodle at Seng Huat Kopitiam Taman Melodies 成發茶餐室﹣福建永春蝦面
Hokkien Yong Chun Prawn Noodle in Seng Huat kopitiam is a 40 year old brand in Johor Bahru. It has a loyal local following, but has somehow stayed under the social media radar.
Seng Huat kopitiam is in a quiet enclave in Taman Melody, a stone's throw from the bustling Holiday Villa - Holiday Plaza - KSL City Mall tourist belt.
Seng Huat is a laid back, sleepy coffee shop where locals saunter in for a light meal and coffee break.
Uniquely at Hokkien Yong Chun prawn noodle, we can have yong tau foo pieces to go with the prawn noodles.
We tried Yong Chun's soup and "dry" version of prawn noodles. We also added a few pieces of yong tau foo.
In the soup version, the mound of noodle sits in a bowl of broth and garnished with kang kong greens, bean sprouts, peeled prawns and generic factory fried shallots. There are no pork slices.
I like this clear watery broth as it has a robust crustacean savouriness and a quite sharp lingering spicy sting. I would come back to Yong Chun prawn noodle here at Seng Huat kopitiam just for this tasty broth.
The prawns were fresh but lost some of it's bouncy texture, juiciness and flavour as they were pre-cooked in bulk.
In the "dry" version, the noodle is tossed in a mild savoury sweet dark soy sauce blend with a slight shallot oil flavour.
The yong tau foo pieces had little flavour and changed the taste of the prawn broth, tipping it towards saltiness from the deep fried items. I will skip the YTF next time.
The chili sauce is nice as it has crustacean savouriness with spiciness.
The "gun" powder has just a slight spiciness. It will add a bit of spiciness to the "dry" version.
Hokkien Yong Chun Prawn Noodle is a name close to the hearts of many Johor Bahru folks. Johoreans love prawn noodles and many new prawn noodle shops/ stalls have sprang up all over JB. Some have become very famous, but this shop in Taman Melodies still has the old school flavour 古早味 which their loyal fans come back for. I also like their robust crustacean savoury prawn broth.
Restaurant name: Yong Chun Hokkien Prawn Noodle 福建永春蝦面
Address: Kedai Kopi Seng Huat, Jalan Kemuning, Taman Melodies, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°29'26.3"N 103°45'43.5"E | 1.490633, 103.762070
Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm (Tues off)
Date visited: 31 Oct 2016
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