Among the many food choices at Mei Ling Street Food Centre are two noodle stalls – Newton Tan Song Heng Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles 陈松兴 and Hai Tang Lor Mee (海棠卤面). We selected these two as they provided contrast – the Mei Ling Street Hokkien Mee in a light broth and lor mee noodles in a dark thick gravy. Mei Ling Street Market and Food Centre is a relatively remote spot. It is not close to an MRT station or a nearby busy commercial area. So we like to go there to avoid crowds. On a weekday lunchtime, these two stalls attract a manageably short queue.
Tan Song Heng Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles
It dawned on us while queuing at Tan Song Heng Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles that the food stalls at Mei Ling are quite spacious. We think that this is a good size, with adequate space for storage and food preparation. Many stalls in food centres in Singapore are really too small. Tan Song Heng sells both Hokkien prawn noodles and char kway teow. Only one wok is used and the chef alternates between the two. Each lot is quite a big and can meet ten or so orders. Prawn noodles was being prepared and so we opted for that so as to reduce waiting time.
The Mei Ling Street Hokkien Mee can be ordered in small, medium and large sizes. Our “small” order cost $4 and was pretty substantial. It should be enough for one person unless he is really hungry.
The Mei Ling Street Hokkien Mee (Newton Tan Song Heng)
The taste of the prawn noodles was very good. I think it is one of the best Hokkien prawn noodles in Singapore that I have tried. The prawn taste in the stock was rich and balanced. Not too fishy or salty. The prawns were fresh and perfectly cooked. The chilli enhanced the taste of the noodles. If you like this type of Hokkien prawn noodles, I am quite sure a trip to Queenstown is worthwhile.
Hai Tang Lor Mee
Hai Tang Lor Mee did not have as long a queue but it still attracted a constant stream of customers.
The lor mee had the usual thick, starchy gravy. What impressed us was the generous amount of the toppings that went into the bowl. Pieces of ngoh hiang, fish cake, egg and some crunchy bits. It was a lot of food for $3. It was a good bowl of lor mee, although I can’t say that it was among the best I have eaten. I think the gravy could be more intense and complex. But if I am in the area and had the urge for lor mee, this will be enough to make be happy.
Newton Tan Song Heng 陈松兴 Hokkien Fried Noodles
Hai Tang Lor Mee 海棠卤面
Mei Chin Road Market and Food Centre
159 Mei Chin Road, Queenstown
Nearby MRT Station: Queenstown
P.S. Right next to Hai Tang Lor Mee is Lao Jie Fang Braised Beef Noodle Stall. It was the neatest food stall that we have seen. We will try their noodles on our next visit and tell you more about it in a future post.
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