A dish like prawn noodles is rarely ever a complex affair—just fresh ingredients and a solid stock. As such, it is up to the cooks themselves to put their own spin on this iconic dish to take it from simply being decent to being great.
Adam Road Noo Cheng Big Prawn Noodle is one such stall that has pushed the boundaries of your typical prawn noodle. What sets Noo Cheng apart from its many counterparts scattered all across the island is its rich, complex stock that comprises a combination of sea prawns, pork ribs as well as crabs.
The slight switch up from the usual pond-bred prawns results in a much sweeter soup stock that is so addictive that you will be yearning for seconds. Don’t believe us? Pay this humble stall a visit to taste it for yourself.
Being one of the few Chinese food stalls in Adam Road Food Centre, it often sees one of the longest queues and for good reason.
Using a different variety of prawns really makes all the difference. The wild sea prawns that they use are considerably sweeter and more tender as opposed to the usual farmed ones. The introduction of crab into the mix also allows the soup to achieve a greater depth of flavour which you will not find at most stalls.
As with most prawn noodle dishes, we always prefer getting the dry version as you truly get to enjoy the best of both worlds, and the dry version here will not disappoint. They use a rather special blend of spices which give it a heightened savouriness which complements the umami-packed broth really well.
The pork ribs (if you do get them) were fall-apart tender without any prominent porky smells and we liked that they added a few strips of pig skin which added a nice chewy texture. Drizzle a tiny drop of the chilli padi-infused soy sauce for a kick and an all-out party in your mouth.
Overall, we had no complaints making the trip all the way down for this gorgeous bowl of prawn noodles. It really was something special. For a taste of heaven at only S$4, we’d say that this is pretty darn worth it.
Adam Road Noo Cheng Big Prawn Noodle
2 Adam Road,
(Closed on Mondays)
Tue to Sun: 9.30am – 4pm, 6.30pm – 2am
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens