As an ardent fan of prawn noodles, buddy Aaron's recent FB posts about Big Prawn Noodles stall at Blk 443 in Ang Mo Kio made me very hungry 😃
The big prawn noodles stall signboard just says Big Prawn Noodles.... . There was a steady flow of customers, alternating between a stream and a trickle in this older, relatively quiet corner of Ang Mo Kio town.
Boss Byran hails from Tanjung Piandang, a small seaside town between Taiping and Penang in Malaysia. Needless to say, prawns and seafood is a way of life in 角头 as Tanjung Piandang is like a stubby knuckle sticking into the Malacca Straits. Boss came to Singapore to work in chap chai png (economic rice) stalls before striking out on his own with Big Prawn Noodles one year ago. Boss comes to the stall in the wee hours so that he is ready to serve at 6am and closes for the day only at 8pm - a super hardworking hawker.
Three of us, we had 2 bowls of the soup version.
I opted for the dry version because I wanted to taste the soup and noodles separately. For S$5, we get 5 halves of good sized prawns which I felt was good value for money.
There were generous amounts of sambal chili, blended sauce and lard with lard cracklings and fried shallot to fully envelope the yellow noodles and bee hoon with robust savoury lardy spicy flavours. A bit of bean sprouts and a few slivers of kang kong complete the dish.
The soft shell sea prawns (not ang kar) were fresh. They had a nice tender crunch and subtle sweetness.
When I saw that pig skin was available as an add on for S$1, I ordered it impulsively. Turned out that it was the fried type which I felt didn't add much to my enjoyment.
But, the lead in the prawn noodle dish is the soup and at Big Prawn Noodles, it is a star.
The murky soup had a nice medium body and quite robust crustacean savoury, porky sweet and chili spicy flavours with the latter in the lingering aftertaste. The dressing of fried shallot added aroma and more savoury flavour to the soup. I love it that the flavours tasted natural and not from powders and sugar. Aaron who had been here a few times before said the soup is heavier and tastes more robust later in the day as the ingredients have more time to simmer in the pot.
Recommended for you 👍 One of the best prawn noodles in Singapore in terms of taste, and hard to beat at this price point.
Restaurant name: Big Prawn Noodles 大虾面 (a stall inside AMK 443 Eating House)
Address: 443 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, Singapore 560443
GPS: 1°21'59.2"N 103°51'17.7"E 🌐 1.366452, 103.854929
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio station (10 minutes walk)
Hours: 6:00am - 8:00pm
Date visited: 28 Sep 2019