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S$5 prawn noodles so good that even native celebs assist it

It was throughout an everyday weekday lunch at Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Meals Centre that I noticed Celebrities Huge Prawn Noodle. And thoughts you, I didn’t spot the prawn noodles first, however the large photograph unfold of celebrities plastered everywhere in the storefront.

Photo of storefront

Again within the early 2000s (and earlier than the rise of Netflix), you’d discover me tenting in entrance of my tv at 7pm, patiently ready for the primetime present to start on Channel 8. I nonetheless keep in mind a number of iconic exhibits, particularly Holland V, The Little Nyonya and naturally, the Singaporean model of Baywatch, The Champion.

I not watch Channel 8 now, however searching by way of the spectacular photograph wall introduced again many fond recollections of spending weekday nights watching the tv with the household. 

In the event you’re curious to know who’s on the photograph wall, right here’s a close-up.

Photo of storefront's photo wall

I noticed a photograph of younger JJ Lin (close to the suitable), in addition to a bunch of different native celebrities: a younger Li Nanxing (backside of the board), Wang Lei (close to the center, to the highest left), in addition to a very younger Dennis Chew (high proper, blue shirt). Eagle-eyed fanatics will even recognise a number of Hong Kong and Taiwanese stars akin to Joe Ma and Jeff Wang!

I later learnt that one of many stall’s companions, David Cai, used to run performing arts faculties in Singapore and Shanghai which specialised in performing. His profession within the leisure trade allowed him to community and meet loads of celebrities, so when Celebrities Huge Prawn Noodle opened in February 2022, he relied on their assist to endorse the stall.

Admittedly, whereas many of the images on the wall are outdated images of David and his movie star pals, there are a few images which had been taken proper on the stall itself. Who is aware of which one in every of David’s movie star pals would possibly flip up subsequent in assist of the stall!

What I attempted

Photo of dry prawn noodles

Celebrities Huge Prawn Noodle solely has three gadgets on its menu, all of which are available in each dry and soup variations.

The very first thing that I ordered was the Pork Ribs Huge Prawn Mee (S$5/S$8). For this bowl of noodles, I went for the Dry (S$5) model, with the traditional mixture of bee hoon and yellow noodles.

Close up of prawn

The prawns got here with their shells intact, however that they had been lower open alongside the aspect for straightforward consuming. Admittedly, I’m the form of lady who doesn’t wish to get her palms soiled, so I’d’ve personally most popular for the prawns to return deshelled. 

After wrestling with the prawn for a minute or two, I used to be delighted to search out that the meat was succulent and nearly crisp— a particular signal that the prawns had been recent and had been brined previous to cooking.

Close up of broth

The dry noodles got here with a small bowl of soup on the aspect, and I have to say, the soup actually impressed me. 

Sturdy and full-bodied, the soup was extremely satisfying and had an excellent stability between saltiness and sweetness. I may style a wealthy smokiness, in addition to the recent briny tang of the prawn heads. Every slurp was stuffed with umami flavour and I may see myself coming again only for this wonderful bowl of soup.

Photo of mixing noodles

I often add chilli powder to my prawn noodles (particularly after I order the dry model) to offer it that well-needed kick of spice and flavour, however this bowl of noodles didn’t want it in any respect.

The peppery spice kicked in immediately, and I may style the extreme perfume of dried shrimp, shallots and chilli. The bee hoon and yellow noodles absorbed the savoury sauce effectively, and consequently, every slurp of noodles was stuffed with simply the correct amount of spiciness and saltiness, with a lingering umami style.

Close up of pork rib

I solely acquired one piece of pork ribs in my noodles, which was a tad disappointing, however its meat was tender and tore off properly, whereas retaining a pleasant springiness to every chew.

Maybe subsequent time I’ll think about ordering the S$8 model simply so I can take pleasure in extra pork ribs.

Photo of prawn noodles with soup

For the second merchandise, I ordered the Huge Prawn Mee (S$5/S$8) and requested for the Soup (S$5) model. I went with the identical mixture of bee hoon and yellow noodles.

Close up of broth

The prawn head inventory is basically the identical, however the soup model was rather a lot cleaner and lighter. But, I used to be pleasantly shocked at the way it nonetheless retained that full-bodied savouriness, which made every sip completely satisfying.

Close up of noodles

Whereas the remainder of the components remained the identical, I loved the soup model of this dish as a result of that is one thing I’d simply order on a wet day— heat, hearty and comforting.

Remaining ideas

Photo of prawn mee

Celebrities apart, it’s simple to see why Celebrities Huge Prawn Noodle at all times sees an extended queue throughout peak hours. 

The strong soup that got here with the dry noodles completely knocked it out of the park, and I can inform that loads of hours and onerous work went into making that wealthy prawn broth. Plus, you’re getting nice worth for simply S$5, with an excellent portion of noodles and prawns.

Would I do that once more? Most positively, particularly after I’m craving one thing full-bodied and strong, with a spicy and salty kick that’ll go away you going: “Wah, shiok!”

Anticipated injury: S$5 – S$8 per pax

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Worth: $

Our Score: 4 / 5

Celebrities Huge Prawn Noodle

6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 081006


Our Score 4/5

Celebrities Huge Prawn Noodle

6 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, Singapore 081006

Working Hours: 9am – 3.30pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Solar



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