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River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodle – A Good Hae Mee That Opens Round The Clock!
By Alfred November 3, 2009
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River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodle – A Good Hae Mee That Opens Round The Clock!
Fast Facts
Prawn Noodle (虾面)
Chinese Cuisine
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Food Centre:
Recommended For:
Breakfast Dinner Lunch Supper
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Prawn is our rejoice. We chinese can spare the sotong but we can hardly go without prawns in a meal. It doesn’t matter whether it’s dried, deshelled or fresh, for soup or stir fry. And in most traditional chinese wedding course-dinners, you will be served the legendary steamed drunken prawn, as a token to herald the start of happiness which is represented by the red color in prawns.

But, do you know something? Prawns and cockroaches are related. They both are members of the Phylum Arthropoda which means they share many common characteristics like segmented bodies/legs and hard outer skeleton. So in theory, prawns and cockroaches share a common ancestor and it is believed that this “ancestor” used to live in the water until the lineages split when the Hexapoda which is referring to insects made the transition to live on land. And cockroaches just happen to emerge from it though the genesis we’re talking about, at the very least, was 400 million years ago.

Now that you know what prawns and cockroaches have in common, don’t you find it strange that we feel disgusted at the sight of cockroaches but drool over prawns? In some parts of Thailand, cockroaches are used to make belacan so it should be quite delicious(if you dare to eat). And the crustacean that most resembles a cockroach must be the giant isopod. Now tell me, does it or does it not look like a giant cockroach?

Giant isopod

I have confessed many times that there are not many prawn noodles in the market that can charm me. And I’m talking about those $2.50 prawn noodles. Of course if I need to pay $10 for anything in a Hawker Centre, then charming me is to be expected, not a magic at all.

River South(Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodle

Hoe Nam Prawn Noodle at Tai Thong Crescent is one of the more popular prawn noodles stall in Singapore. As mountain tortoise as I can be, I’ve never heard of them. Though there had been so much that’s been said about them, I deliberately went for the cheapest bowl which is $4 to see how hard it can hit my umami without paying the sky.

Prawn Noodle $4

For $4, you get 3 deshelled but head-on prawns which I thought spent too much time in the pot. Fresh no doubt but I thought it was quite simply, not much of a difference compared to half sliced prawns I can get elsewhere. Unless you are really a sucker for prawn’s heads, this is not going to provide anymore shiokness than those tasteless prawns.

The noodles was well, quite delicious but not exactly like wow. I guess the chilli sauce lacks punch for me and a little more salt probably can do a better job.

Prawn Noodle $4

The thing that did well though was the soup. I thought the prawn flavour was pretty strong and had that uncanny similarity to Wah Kee Prawn Noodle’s soup. I’m just suspecting that all these prawn noodles stalls that have thick bee hoon as a choice are all copying from each other. From memory, and for those who remember, there used to be a big prawn noodles stall in a kopitiam(Long House) beside the old Jalan Besar stadium which also has soup that was pretty much similar to this. Ok I have to admit that this strong flavoured soup is quite delicious and I’m a little bit charmed by it but still, for me, prawn noodles is not just about the soup. My rationale is simple: for a food to really WOW me to no ends, it must scores in all departments and that includes chilli, texture of the prawns and also in value. I guess for $4, this is quite good. If this were $2.50, this would be very good. But in general, I won’t call all these famous prawn noodles’ the best simply because there are rooms for improvement.

Deshelled but head-on prawns

I guess I ought to brag about how good this prawn noodles really is since Hoe Nam is so famous but as much as I would like to, I paid more for it so surely the bar has to be raised too. Yes, all these famous prawn noodles are pretty good but for the best………I have not found.

Chilli powder

Price: $4

Conclusion: A very good hae mee no doubt but prawns were disappointing. Soup had that familar flavour which I had at Wah Kee. Chilli was a little bland and I’m sure a bit of salt or sugar can make it more shiok. Definitely one of the better ones around and I’m just temping to try out the $8 version next time to see how much better it can gets. This must be the only prawn noodle stall that opens 24 hours a day. The sister operates in the day shift while the brother takes over in the evening till 5am before the sister reopens again at 6am. Also one of the rare prawn noodle stall that provides chilli powder on the table for unlimited usage.

Likes: Soup was full of prawn flavour.

Dislikes: Chilli no power enough. Prawns pretty tasteless.

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River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodle
31 Tai Thong Crescent
1st shift: 6am to 430pm
2nd shift: 6pm to 5am
Off: Alternate Monday
Tel: 6281 9293

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Readers' Comment(s) : 9
Jasmine Tan says:

Oh my god, the cockroaches and prawns are related! Eeeeeeeeeeee! Personally I prefer eating prawn noodle with the prawns being deshelled and sliced half. My all time fav prawn is still Tempura Ebi.

Posted November 3, 2009
James says:

And you kept shamelessly brag about the $10 hor fun? Since it’s $10, why wasn’t the bar raised?

Posted November 3, 2009
Alfred says:

ok you prefer tasteless prawns. 😛

Posted November 3, 2009
Alfred says:

I always say that it’s the best in the $10 bracket. I have never compared it to any $3 hor fun. Of course if you go to Tung Lok or some high end restaurant, you can get better ones but it definitely won’t be $10.

Posted November 3, 2009
Nicole says:

Didn’t know they are open in the night too. Did they just changed their operating hour?

Posted November 7, 2009
Derrick says:

I rate this better than Wah Kee. Go Wah Kee in the morning once and the taste is very bad.

Posted November 15, 2009
Alfred says:

I am not sure also, the lady told me the brother operate from the stall beside her stall.

Posted December 1, 2009
foodlovee says:

“Soup had that familar flavour which I had at Wah Kee”You need to check your taste bud they both are very different in taste.

Posted January 19, 2010
alice says:

tried both wah kee and hoe nam recently. they’re very different in taste and i prefer wah kee.

Posted August 30, 2010
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