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Low-cost Malaysian-style darkish sauce prawn noodles loaded with elements at Bukit Batok

I used to be curious and excited on the identical time after I got here throughout Chin Choon Prawn Noodle at a kopitiam positioned at Bukit Batok. Not simply any prawn noodle although, it’s doused in a darkish soya sauce combination which resembles the type that our neighbours throughout the causeway practise.

chin choon prawn noodle - stall front

I’ve had my fair proportion of wanton mee in Singapore achieved in an analogous type however Malaysian-style prawn noodles? That’s a primary! Even my Malaysian colleague, Reena, stated that she has by no means tried or heard of darkish sauce prawn noodles in her life. Oh effectively, genuine or not, it undoubtedly piqued my curiosity.

In addition to prawn noodles, Chin Choon Prawn Noodle additionally has quite a lot of pig’s innards which can be out there in a soup or served with noodle choices.

What I attempted at Chin Choon Prawn Noodle

chin choon prawn noodle - prawn noodle dry

I used to be provided a alternative between 5 forms of noodles that have been on show. The choices have been: Bee hoon, mee pok, mee kia, kway teow and yellow noodles. I began the ball rolling with the dry Prawn Noodle (S$4.50).

The poor kway teow (which was my alternative) beneath was suffocated by the mountain of elements that have been piled on prime. It had 4 halved prawn slices, taugeh, just a few slices of pork and fishcake, lettuce and a sprinkling of golden brown garlic bits on prime— the amount of elements is definitely beneficiant at this worth level!

chin choon prawn noodle - prawn noodle tossing

I ended the kway teow‘s agony by tossing them up with all of the elements, permitting it to take centre stage lastly. There was some oil added to the combo, which made its flat surfaces gleam! The color of the accompanying elements additionally turned just a little sun-kissed, which made the entire bowl of noodles extra drool-worthy— I known as it “the black magnificence”.

chin choon prawn noodle - tossed result

The kway teow gave the impression to be the right vessel to soak up all of the flavours of the smoky chilli and the darkish soya sauce combination. It was extremely scrumptious and glided down my throat effortlessly with simply the correct quantity of warmth kicking you on the finish.

With every chew that I took, the mini browned garlic bits have been like supporting backstage crew releasing their buttery and pungent flavours each on occasion.

The prawn slices have been extremely contemporary and agency. In the event you’re not a fan of fatty pork, you’d undoubtedly love the pork slices served right here. Sadly, I’m the precise reverse and located the pork to be just a little bit powerful and dry for my liking.

chin choon prawn noodle - closeup of ingredients

I’ve to present a shout-out to the fish cake slices. They have been extremely thiccc and tasted good, not like different locations the place you’ll be served some factory-made nonsense.

chin choon prawn noodle - closeup of fishcake

Whereas having fun with my bowl of Prawn Noodles, I used to be just a little disillusioned that Chin Choon Prawn Noodle doesn’t add fried pork lard to their noodles— I used to be lacking that acquainted umami-ness. Don’t get me flawed although, the noodles have been nonetheless on level with out them.

chin choon prawn noodle - kidney soup noodles

I moved on to the following dish, the Pig’s Kidney Noodle (S$5.50). In addition they have intestines and liver selections as effectively, all for a similar worth. I selected yellow noodles and opted for a soup model as an alternative. It was served with a beneficiant portion of kidneys, items of inexperienced lettuce, and taugeh.

chin choon prawn noodle - closeup of soup

Earlier than I began gorging down my noodles, I made a decision to present the broth a style. The unbelievable flavours of the soup lifted my spirits immediately. It was candy and had extracted all that fantastic essence that was launched from the prawn shells.

chin choon prawn noodle - closeup of yellow noodles

The yellow noodles have been cooked to perfection with satisfying crunchy textures coming from the standard inexperienced lettuce and taugeh. I used to be glad that the soup didn’t soak up a lot alkaline flavours coming from the noodles, which might often be just a little off-putting.

chin choon prawn noodle - closeup of kidneys

I feel you’ll agree with me that pig’s kidneys are seldom served at hawker stalls in distinction to its different two well-liked counterparts (liver and intestines). Chin Choon Prawn Noodle has achieved an excellent job in dealing with these delicate kidneys, as the feel was amazingly tender and extremely clean-tasting.

Remaining Ideas

chin choon prawn noodle - overview of dishes

We additionally tried out the mee kia choice of the Prawn Noodle which appeared to lack its absorption of flavour in comparison with the kway teow model. The noodles served listed here are undoubtedly distinctive as I had by no means encountered darkish sauce prawn noodles till my go to that day.

chin choon prawn noodle - coffeeshop surroundings

Chin Choon Prawn Noodle might have been positioned at a daily kopitiam beneath a HDB void deck, however the lush greenery surrounding it, and the truth that it was simply subsequent to a park connector, made eating right here tremendous enjoyable— the cooling climate was an added bonus!

In reality, you wouldn’t count on a BMW to return crashing into the again of this peaceable coffeeshop again in 2019, into the exact same stall that I had simply reviewed, would you? 

For one thing so distinctive in Singapore, I don’t thoughts travelling all the way down to Bukit Batok simply to strive their noodles once more.

Anticipated harm: S$4.50 – S$14.50 per pax

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Worth: $

Our Ranking: 4 / 5

Chin Choon Prawn Noodle

265 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, Singapore 650265


Our Ranking 4/5

Chin Choon Prawn Noodle

265 Bukit Batok East Avenue 4, Singapore 650265

Working Hours: 7am – 3pm (Tue to Solar), Closed on Mon

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