Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle @ Ang Mo Kio
I studied near Mayflower Market & Food Centre, ate many meals here when I was a student, but I have never noticed Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle (真鸣肉骨虾面) until Uncle Smart introduced it to me recently. The stall used to be at Tampines before moving to Serangoon and finally settled down at Ang Mo Kio Ave 4.
The owners have been doing this for more than 20 years and let me be honest with you, if you are someone who got used to Wah Kee’s robust big prawn noodles, you probably won’t like Zhen Ming’s version. Because here, you don’t get big and huge prawns which costs a bomb. Rather, you can a bowl of traditional mild tasting prawn noodles with down to earth ingredients.
The bowl of dry Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle Dry comes with slices of fish cake, lean meat, pork ribs and prawns. Remember to sprinkle for some fried shallots for more shiokness. Prawns were cooked till just nice and the pork ribs were sourced from Brazil. It’s so tender and moist. If you don’t mind having a smaller bowl of soup, you can go for the dry version. The sambal is not bad but not wow.
If you truly know how to appreciate prawn noodles, go for the soup version. The brown soup is sweet, not only from the prawns, but the owner also added “special” ingredients into it. He took at least 6 hours to simmer the soup with pork ribs, pig skins, red dates, prawn shells and black sugarcane. Huh? Black Sugarcane? Yes, they don’t use rock sugar. Instead, they get the natural sweetness from Malaysian black sugarcane.
My simple bowl of prawn noodles must have a mix of yellow noodles and rice vermicelli. The blanched noodles are then topped with prawns, kangkong, pork ribs, pig skin before the hot soup is ladled over and garnished with some crunchy PORK LARD. You can also spice up with chilli power to enhance the flavour. Each bowl of prawn noodle starts from $3.
The pig’s skin had the nice chewy texture. If you can really appreciate the innards, go for their Pork Tail Soup which combines the medium bodied soup with collagen-filled tail. This is always the first to sell out.
Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle (真鸣肉骨虾面)
Address: Mayflower Market & Food Centre, Blk 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 #01-04, Singapore 560162
Opening Hours: 8am – 1pm, closed on Tuesday
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