This random lunch pick turned out to be one that’s worthy of recommendation.
Although they use the thicker type of beehoon — as opposed to thin beehoon which absorbs more stock — both Hokkien noodle and thick beehoon had sufficiently soaked up the stock. The seafood-base stock was tasty and complex enough without being too rich or salty.
For the ingredients, they weren’t so generous with prawn and squid. But they were very liberal with egg. Bits of scrambled egg were evenly spread throughout the noodles. Together with beansprout and Chinese chives, the dish had great texture and flavor.
The only thing that’s missing was wok hei (wok breath aroma). But I ended up polishing off the entire plate of noodles anyway, and I wasn’t even that hungry to begin with.
This stall has been around for quite awhile. For some reason, I’ve never got around to trying it. It occupies the same unit as it did (next to the popular Tanglin Halt Western Food stall) prior to the upgrading of the food centre.
While I won’t be making a special trip to Clementi just for this fried prawn mee, it’s certainly worth a shot if you’re in the area. Prices are rather steep. Perhaps it’s because there’s no other fried Hokkien prawn mee stall in the vicinity?
Here’s what the food centre looks like after upgrading. The shape and structure looks the same, but it’s much cleaner now, with more seating.
Most of the original stall owners seem to be back. Hubby and I remember the Hainanese chicken rice stall (beside the goreng pisang stall) used to serve blanched beansprout with chicken, but not anymore. Also, their food doesn’t seem to taste as nice. Maybe it’s a different operator now? Have you got any favorite stalls to recommend from this food centre?
Nam Kee Fried Prawn Noodle
448 Clementi Ave 3
#01-12 Clementi Market & Food Centre
11.30am – 2.45pm, 4.30pm – 8.30pm
Closed on Mondays