My Mother discovered 133 Penang Authentic Prawn Noodle & Lor Mee featured in an episode of “Our Makan Places Lost & Found” and excitingly beckoned me to the living room suggesting we try it the next day. Upon arrival at their stall at the new Bukit Timah Food Center, we were greeted with a line that snaked through the food center which only added to my increasing anticipation. I enthusiastically jumped in line and happily endured a half hour wait with the expectation of a prawn noodle soup that would satisfy my every desire – my pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
Before I even made my way to my table, I discovered they didn’t provide any chili powder – an essential ingredient – to my disappointment. This became one of many disappointments I faced over the course of the meal.
The noodles were average, doughy yet definitely edible, and was masked by the taste of the soup which was quite enjoyable, hearty and balanced. The soup had a good crustacean flavor without being too overbearing, but found myself thinking the missing chili powder would have done it justice! The prawns were extremely hard to peel off the shell and became more of a chore than anything, which weren’t even worth it in the end as they were relatively small and rather bland. However the fishcakes were a nice addition and were a slight compensation for the poor quality of their prawns.
Frankly, this dish was not worth the hype/the half hour wait/the $6 for a “big” portion. The unreasonable queue time or the price – double the amount of a standard bowl of prawn noodles – was definitely not justified by quality of the dish, as much more was expected from this stall. One would be better off trying to find another stall in the area for a fraction of the price for similar quality.
Value for money: 2/5
133 Penang Authentic:
116 Upper Bukit Timah Road
#02-193 Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre
Opening hours: 8.30am – 3pm / 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Closed on Wednesdays