Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Lai Xing Prawn Noodle 来興蝦面. Hidden Gem in Marsiling Lane Food Centre. Singapore

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

Whenever I walked past the old Marsiling Market & Cooked Food Centre, I will see a long queue at Lai Xing Prawn Noodle. This morning, the queue was shorter, so I quickly joined in as I had long wanted to find out why Lai Xing is so popular with residents. It was near closing time 10:30am, and I was one of the last customers for the day.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

For a start, at $3 (regular) and $3.50 (large) per serving, the prices are very people friendly.

I opted for the $3.50 serving. The lady boss asked me if I like more noodles or more liaw 加料 (ingredients). I opted for the latter.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

The soup has a light watery body and a slight tea colour, but it is packed with sweet savoury flavours leaning slightly on the sweet side. The characteristic taste of crustacean savoury sweetness was distinctly present. This broth has an old school, Singapore style prawn soup taste but slightly sweeter. Lai Xing's prawn soup is a big winner to me.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

In the bowl of noodle soup, there were prawns, pork belly slices, lean pork, fish cake and bean sprout. The prawns and pork were fresh, and we can taste the natural crustacean and porky sweetness.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

There's options for house made fried shallot, pork lard crackling, and chili powder - all of which I wanted 😄

A bit of each of these make the soup more interesting, though I use them sparingly as too much would change the delicate taste profile of the soup which is the lead actress in Lai Xing's prawn mee.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

The noodles and kway teow were generic and done a bit soft, but they were slurpy smooth and they taste good, wet with the savoury sweet soup.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

Leftovers analysis: Nothing left really. I enjoyed Lai Xing's prawn mee to the last drop 😋

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

Lai Xing Prawn Noodle 来興蝦面 have been in Marsiling for nearly 30 years. Well loved by Marsiling and Woodlands residents, but still under the social media radar. Second generation owner Mr. 黄 had been helping his mum at the stall and took over seven years ago when she passed on. Camera shy, Mr. 黄 said a big part of his clientele consists of workers from Malaysia, hence there are Malaysian touches in his Singapore prawn noodle soup e.g. the chili powder. He used to make Penang style sambal chili for his "dry" prawn noodles but couldn't now due to lack of time and manpower.

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

Restaurant name: Lai Xing Prawn Noodle 来興蝦面

Lai-Xing-Prawn-Noodle-来興蝦面

Address: Unit: #01-05, Blk 20/21 Marsiling Lane Market & Food Centre, Singapore
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/zSPlh 
GPS: 1.443380,103.776917 
Hours: 7:00am to 10:30am (Closed on Thursday)

Non Halal  

Date visited: 21 Mar 2018  

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