Monday, July 31, 2023

Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (海南福建炒虾麵) @ Golden Mile Food Centre - A Dry-style Fried Hokkien Mee That Received Varying Reviews Despite Its Popularity


If you ask anyone about their favourite Fried Hokkien Mee spot, you're bound to get different answers. At Golden Mile Food Centre, two popular stalls offer this delightful dish, one downstairs and the other upstairs. During my recent visit, I decided to try out Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (海南福建炒虾麵), which has been a fixture at the hawker centre for over 30 years. Despite the long queues I've witnessed on previous visits, I never had the chance to taste their offering until now.


Fried Hokkien Mee 3.8/5

At Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, they serve the dry version of this classic dish, combining a mix of yellow noodles and beehoon, both cut into short strands. Visually, the dish may seem simple, but once you dig into the plate of noodles, you'll discover a delightful assortment of ingredients, including succulent slices of pork, fresh prawns, egg, and tender sotong (squid). Additionally, they provide two types of chilli, sambal chilli and cut chilli, to add some extra kick to the dish. However, I found the sambal chilli to be quite spicy and not an ideal match for the noodles.



Despite its popularity and varying reviews, I must admit that Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee didn't quite meet my expectations. It lacked the coveted "wok hei" flavour that I usually look forward to in this dish. Furthermore, the prawn stock used for the noodles didn't have a strong and distinct presence. As a result, the overall taste leaned more towards a plate of fried noodles rather than the flavorful Hokkien Mee I was hoping for. It's possible that different palates may appreciate it more, but unfortunately, it didn't fully satisfy my craving on this occasion.

Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (海南福建炒虾麵)
Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road
Singapore 199583
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon: 10am - 3pm
Tue, Thu-Sun: 10am - 5pm
(Closed on Wed)

1) Alight at Nicoll Highway MRT station. Take Exit A. Take the overhead bridge and cross over to Beach Road. Walk down Beach Road along the flow of traffic. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

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