Dropped by at Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle (of Long House Thomson Road fame) at Kovan food centre today with foodie buddy Uncle Bob.
Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle founder Ah Hui in his 70s runs this stall with helpers while his son James and wife Mary run the stall in Balestier Market 👈 click
Ah Hui (Kovan) and Ah Hui (Balestier) have almost the same menu except that the latter serves Ah Hui's signature fresh big prawns (weighing 100 grams each). Ah Hui (Kovan) focuses on regular size prawns. (This photo is of another customer's bowl at Kovan.)
My SGD4 bowl of "dry" prawn noodles.
The dry prawn noodles come with a bowl of soup. Add SGD2 and get some pig tail and pork rib.
Ah Hui (Kovan) uses fresh sua lor sea prawns (never frozen) so they have a tender soft texture with a delicate spring to the bite. The prawns taste sweet with a subtle sea spray flavour. The good size (not large) prawns are shelled and halved.
I opted for thick bee hoon and yellow noodles which were done tender. The drippy sauce was savoury garlicky and quite spicy. There's a hint of lard in the sauce. I like it.
The medium bodied tea coloured broth has Ah Hui's signature taste and aroma which his fans from Long House (Thomson Road) days still come back for.
Ah Hui's broth is made by boiling stock bones, prawn heads and herbs. Ah Hui's broth has mild crustacean savouriness with unique herbal notes. There is also a slight savouriness and sweetness from the stock (pork socket) bones. (It is not as sweet as broth made with added sugar nor as savoury as those boosted with MSG or "oyster" sauce and fermented prawn paste.)
The rib had sweet, tender and juicy meat attached.
The tail softened by long hours of slow cooking was tender and sweet. I love this 😋
Uncle Bob opted for the soup version which I would like to try next time.
3-Star (out of 5) Ah Hui is a unique well established prawn noodle stall with a loyal following. I like it that they are very particular about the freshest ingredients. They cook it well so that the prawn and pork have tender juicy texture while retaining their natural flavours. Broth tastes mildly crustacean savoury with herbal notes. Prices are reasonable too at SGD4 a basic serving with generous ingredients and portions.
Disclosure: We have been regulars at Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle and have known the owners for a few years. As a friendly gesture, Ah Hui declined our payment for the food consumed today.
Restaurant name: Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle Long House (Kovan) 阿辉大虾面
Address: 209 Hougang Street 21 #01-59 Kovan 209 Market & Food Centre Singapore 530209 (just beside Kovan MRT station)
GPS: 1°21'33.1"N 103°53'09.9"E | 1.359206, 103.886097
Hours: 8:30am to 8:30pm (Thurs off)
Date visited: 7 Nov 2016
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