Deanna’s Kitchen – Feast Like a King on Off The Menu Seafood Platter
Owned by a husband and wife team, Deanna’s Kitchen is named after the wife, Denise (whose Muslim name is Deanna). A Chinese lady who has converted to Islam after marrying Asri, a Malay Muslim, couldn’t find anywhere to satisfy her cravings for Halal Prawn Mee. Hence, she decided to follow her mother’s recipe by substituting pork bones with heaps of prawn shells, anchovies and others, and created her Halal rendition of prawn mee.
Her husband, Asri, tried and loved it. So, during one of Asri’s family gatherings, Deanna decided to let his sisters and relatives try. To her amazement, her mother-in-law became her greatest supporter. This leads her to begin posting photos of what she cooked on her Instagram page, and one day, her followers just kept snowballing. Encouraged by her loyal fans, she started selling her Halal prawn mee online, and always maxed out the quantities she had to offer.
Eventually, opportunity came when Asri found out that there was a Halal food stall at Toa Payoh’s market and food centre up for rent, they went ahead to bid for it, and managed to get it on their second try. It wasn’t a smooth journey for them, but Deanna’s Kitchen finally started business on 9 June 2017.
Our first visit was on their first day of operations, and we had the Big Prawn Noodles ($6.50). The broth was light, and not flavourful enough, but the serving was generous, and the big prawns were really fresh. We also enjoyed the fried garlic that enhanced the overall fragrance.
However, on our second visit, the broth knocked our socks off. It was rich, slightly thicker, and the flavours burst in your mouth. It was so addictive we couldn’t help but slurp down the last drop. This time, we tried Prawn Noodles with Clams ($6.50). The freshness of the prawns was maintained, and the clams boasted a hint of sweetness that was very palatable.
On our third visit, we intended to try their newly introduced Lobster Noodles ($28.50) but were recommended their off-the-menu item, which is a Seafood Platter ($38.50) that’s good for 3 to 4 pax. This huge bowl of seafood goodness is fit for kings, and consists of normal prawns, clams, one whole lobster, and your choice of one crayfish or big prawns. The broth wasn’t as flavourful as the one served on our second visit, but some of the crustacean sweetness was infused in it. It would’ve been better if the lobster and crayfish were a tad less tough, but both were very fresh, and the lobster contained plenty of roe!
We patronized the stall 3 times, and realized that the standard of the broth is inconsistent, but we’re pretty they will improve as time passes by. For our Muslim friends out there, we hope you’ll enjoy this bowl of prawn mee as much as we did.
Address: #02-25, Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre, 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127
Opening Hours: Wed-Sat 10am to 8pm. Sun 9am to 2pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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