The prawn noodles served in Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House, which is found not in Beach Road but in East Coast Road, may possibly be one of the most popular in Singapore. The customers come by bus, by bicycles, by taxis and in their Toyatas, BMWs and even Bentleys to savour the famous prawn noodles. Street parking lots are available but never quite enough and you will see many cars parked illegally near the prawn noodles stall. The place may also be popular among some traffic wardens – they will surely issue their quota of parking tickets simply by being there during the opening hours of Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House.
Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House occupies 2 shop-houses along East Coast Road near the East Coast-Telok Kurau Junction. It is a no frill coffee shop with plastic chairs but it is clean an airy. The eating house has 2 stalls, the prawn noodles stall which also sells drinks, and a ngoh hiang stall.
It can get very crowded, especially during the weekends. However, they have a fairly efficient system. Basically, you look for your own table and queue up to order. Tell them your table number and pay for what you have ordered. The food and drinks will be brought to the table.
We went there for lunch and ordered the dry prawn noodles and the pork ribs noodles soup. The noodles come in three sizes – small ($5.80), medium ($8.80) and jumbo ($11.80). The small bowl should be sufficient for a person with an average appetite. A glass of home-made barley water was $1.40. We also ordered from the East Coast Ngoh Hiang stall a selection of rolls, sausages and fried items for a total of $8.50. The items from the ngoh hiang stall ranges from $0.80 to $2.20 per piece. No GST and no service charge or other hidden extras are charged.
The food and drinks were served within a few minutes of placing our orders. Presentation and service were basic and functional. The dry prawn mee came with 2 large prawns sliced in half. The prawns were fresh. The secret of the success of the dry noodles must be in the chilli sauce which, together with fried lard bits and fried shallots, made the simply boiled mee and bee hoon quite tasty. The pork ribs noodles soup used the same soup base as the prawn noodles. The mee and bee hoon were well cooked to retain a nice texture. The soup had the mixed flavours of seafood and spices. The taste of prawns was clearly discernible but not overwhelming. We found the soup to be just a little more salty than we would have preferred. Otherwise, both the prawn mee and pork rib noodles were enjoyable.
The ngoh hiang was surprisingly good. Each of the items were well fried and the prawn crackers were really crisp. The mixture of the sweet starchy pink sauce and the chilli sauce with sesame seeds really enhanced the enjoyment of the food. The delicious ngoh hiang of the East Coast Ngoh Hiang was one of the best we have had.
The noodles at Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House are good. However, though we enjoyed the Beach Road prawn mee, we still prefer the soup version at Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee at Jalan Ayer. The East Coast Ngoh Hiang is really very good – we can understand why some may park illegally just so that they can to savour those delicious fried ngoh hiang.
Food : 4
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 2
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House 美芝律大虾面
370 East Coast Road
Tel : +65 6345 7196
Opening Hours : 9 am to 4 pm
Closed on Tuesdays