Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been interning at a local photography company, and was introduced to Ah Hwee Prawn Noodles on my first day. This stall is located in an old-fashioned coffee shop tucked away on Selegie Road, a mere 3 minute walk from the office. After raving testimonials from several colleagues, I made it a point to pay a visit during my time at work.
The coffee shop is very quaint, still retaining the ambiance of an older Singapore style kopitiam with its faded walls, bare apart from a couple of signs that looked several decades old. The stall is run by an older man who communicated with me primarily through hand gestures, probably due to my shameful proficiency of Mandarin. However, the entire ordering process was fuss-free simply due to the fact that there is only one item on their menu, a bowl of prawn noodles for $4.
If I could describe this dish in one word, it would be ‘standard’. Better than average, but nothing particularly special. Still worth eating (in fact I was hungry enough to contemplate a second bowl), and perfect for when you need to nip out of the office for a quite bite – which is exactly what it was.
The noodles were on the doughier side, but not entirely too soft. The included tau gay and sprig of vegetable was relatively crunchy. The dish contained several pork slices and one pork rib, both of which were nice and tender, and rather flavorful. The prawns were de-shelled beforehand, which is always a plus in my books, and springy in texture, fresh, but lacking flavor. The broth was simple, slightly bland and verging on too peppery, but still pleasant.
Overall, the dish was similar to the above paragraph – gets the job done, but nothing to get excited about. Priced at $4 a bowl, one can’t really complain, but I’ve definitely had better.
Value for money: 3.5/5
Ah Hwee Prawn Noodles
215 Selegie Road
Tel: 6837 0328