Prawn Village Ghim Moh Prawn Village (虾乡味) at Ghim Moh market emerged as the winner of Class 95’s Foodie’s Choice “BEST PRAWN NOODLE SOUP (HAE MEE)” award in October 2019. The winner was nominated and voted on by the listeners of the radio station. We heard the three owners’ interview on radio with DJ Yasminne Cheng. We were won over by their story and headed to Ghim Moh market and food centre at the earliest opportunity.
I can try to repeat what was said in the interview about the owners and how Prawn Village Ghim Moh Prawn Noodles got started and their background but it is better to watch the interview itself here. You can also get to see the lovely Yasminne Cheng in the video. Briefly, they originally started in Golden Mile and moved to Ghim Moh in 2017. Do note their unusual opening hours – Mondays to Saturdays from 4 pm to 9 pm. They are wisely pacing themselves for the long run. Prawn mee (like many other hawker food) requires a long preparation time.
Here are pictures of the Prawn Village Ghim Moh Prawn Noodles signboard. We decided to try the two versions listed on the signboard – Penang Hokkien Mee (soup only) and Signature Prawn Village Noodles (soup or dry). There are various ingredients available for add-ons.
The Prawn Village Noodles
Here is a picture of our noodles: the Penang Hokkien Mee with pork rib add on ($3+1) and Signature Prawn Village Noodles ($5).
The Signature Noodles was served in a larger bowl. We ordered ours to be prepared with bee hoon. The noodles were topped with two large prawns and other ingredients such as a slice of abalone, fish cake, egg etc. The fragrance of the prawn soup was noticeable as soon as we near the bowl. The aroma was wonderful. Distinctly prawn but not over-powering or fishy. Just enough to make us want to start eating it. The soup seemed lighter than the Penang Hokkien Mee version. It was more delicate and clear. All the ingredients were good and they worked harmoniously together. The bee hoon works well with the light soup as it soaks up the flavours well.
The Penang Hokkien Mee was served in a smaller bowl. The portion size is slightly smaller and there are less ingredients. The soup seemed richer than the other one and was spicy. We had this prepared with yellow noodles and bee hoon which is our default choice for prawn mee. We like the contrast in textures. The Penang version certainly will appeal to those who prefer a very strong flavoured soup. Both are very good but if we are forced to choose one this is the one we would go for. The added pork ribs were very good as well. Very soft and falling off the bone easily.
We left impressed by the quality of the prawn noodles at Prawn Village, Ghim Moh market. It seems that things are hotting up at Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre. Currently there are two Michelin Bib Gourmand stalls (Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow and Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck). Perhaps we can see a third in the not too distant future.
Blk 20, Ghim Moh Road
Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre #01-62
Opening Hours 4 pm – 9 pm
Nearest MRT Station: Buona Vista
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