Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee @ Ang Mo Kio
I have been staying in Ang Mo Kio for close to 3 decades and giving tuition around Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 for about 8 years, but I have never ever tried Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee. Perhaps I was turned off by the queue, perhaps I was always in a rush… but I finally tried it last week when my student highly recommended it! Got the boy to reach earlier to queue, but he assumed that there was no crowd because there was no one queuing at the stall front. When I came down and ordered our hokkien mee, we have to wait for 30 minutes!
It is really hard to find good hokkien mee nowadays, and personally, I prefer those fried with thin bee hoon rather than the thick ones. Eng Ho hits the spot by using thin bee hoon in their Hokkein prawn noodle which absorbs all the sweet goodness in their soup. Do you know they are relatives to the owners of Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee and Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles? No wonder all of them uses thin bee hoon!
There was no sight of fried pork lard in this plate of hokkien mee, but their broth was already flavourful enough. Using wild sea prawn (swa lor), squid and pork to cook the rich stock, it is such a rare find because many hawkers would just go for tiger prawns. Wild sea prawns gives a sweeter taste and more delicate flesh. The noodles soak up the essence from the gravy, keeping it very moist and has a “wet look”.
Available from $3 to $5, I of course went for the $5 plate since I already have to wait for 30 minutes. The prawns were juicy and succulent, the sotong was cooked perfectly and there was a piece of thinly sliced pork belly to go with the noodles. Belachan chilli was totally out of my way because the dish itself doesn’t even need such a spicy complement. If you have been a fan of wetter hokkien mee, this will suit your palate. For me, I prefer Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Noodles which is dried and has a more richly flavoured stock.
Eng Ho Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Address: 409 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-34 Teck Ghee Square Food Centre
Opening hours: Daily except alternate Tuesdays 4pm-midnight
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