The hunt for good food brought me to this humble hawker stall in Ang Mo Kio Ave 4. Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle (真鸣肉骨虾面) used to be at Tampines before moving to Serangoon and finally settled down at Mayflower Food Centre. I have to be upfront that their version of prawn noodle is not of the robust prawny type. Painstakingly simmering the broth for at least a good 6 hours with pork ribs, pig skins, red dates, prawn shells, a hen, Malaysian black sugarcane and some seasoning. Unlike most other stalls, the stall owner decided to substitute rock sugar with the Malaysian black sugarcane to give his broth a more natural sweetness.
Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle Dry 4/5
The bowl of Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle Dry ($3/4/5) comes with slices of fish cake, lean meat, pork ribs and prawns. Ask for some fried shallots to further enhance the enjoyment of the springy noodle.
Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle Soup 4.5/5
The star for me has to be this bowl of Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle Soup ($3/4/5) which made me came all the way to try it. Taking a sip of the hot pipping soup, I totally understood why the foodie kakis having been raving about it. In a way the soup was robust and packed with flavours. There is this balance and refinement in the soup that was kind of addictive. Spice up a bit with some chilli power to enhance the flavour further.
Pork Tail Soup 4.5/5
If you really like the the painstakingly simmered bowl of soup, then you should order a bowl of the Pork Tail Soup to fully appreciate the full bodied flavour together with pieces of the wobbling collagen and tender pig tail.
During the visit, we also met another family who came all the way to tried the prawn noodle. Further conversation revealed that they are also prawn noodle hawker in the same trade at another hawker centre. They heard about Zhen Ming, tired it and like it. I need not have to say more when even fellow prawn noodle hawker gave the acknowledgement.
Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle (真鸣肉骨虾面)
Mayflower Market & Food Centre
Blk 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
Nearest MRT: Ang Mo Kio (NS Line), Yio Chu Kang (NS Line)
Daily: 8am - 1pm (until Sold Out)
(Closed on Wed)
1) Alight at Ang Mo Kio MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to Ang Mo Kio Bus Interchange (Stop ID 54009). Take bus number 269. Alight 5 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
1) Alight at Ang Mo Kio MRT station. Take Exit A. Cross the road and walk to bus stop opposite Ang Mo Kio MRT station (Stop ID54269). Take bus number 76 or 268. Alight 5 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]
3) Alight at Yio Chu Kang MRT station. Take Exit A, B or C. Walk to Yio Chu Kang Bus Interchange (Stop ID 55509). Take bus number 76 or 549. Alight 6 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map]