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Nw: Prawn noodles at a Loyang industrial estate that's mountainous in size and flavor

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In this week’s Makan Kakis, GOLD 905 DJ Denise Tan discovers that need to you crave filthy rich, sturdy prawn noodles, that it’s most likely you’ll’t lunge imperfect with the advice of a MasterChef – even for fogeys that could well rob to dawdle to a miles-flung stall.

Prawn noodles at a Loyang industrial estate that’s big in size and flavour

Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles’ standard dish is found at a Loyang industrial estate, as well to four other locations for fogeys that manufacture no longer are looking out to head the final manner to the east. (Photo: Abundant Productions)

By manner of assembly new Makan Kakis, my first search recordsdata from is continuously: “The establish manufacture you decide up your favorite hawker meals fix from?”

For MasterChef Singapore’s winner for season two, Derek Cheong, it was Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles.

I straight sat up and paid consideration – howdy, if it was valid ample for a licensed MasterChef, it was surely price the meanering 40 -minute force from West to East to detect this a long way-flung stall.

The entirety one desires to understand about the stall is in its title. Stumbled on deep in a Loyang industrial estate, they focus on dry and soup noodles, that includes prawns of an obvious size. After getting reasonably lost, I in the end arrived at a nondescript canteen, sitting solo among factories and offices. Hardly ever an auspicious initiate to my foodie adventure, however one have faith in on the prawn noodle stall confirmed my taste buds were about to decide on up lucky.

Even at 8am, Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles’ menu board was brightly lit, tempting customers with its model: Colossal prawn noodles (S $5, S$7, S$9), pork ribs prawn noodles (S$5, S$7, S$9), abalone prawn noodles (S$8, S$10) and “XL” mountainous prawn noodles (S$13.80).

Add-on substances were also accessible, everything from prawn (S$2 every) and abalone (S$3), to pork ribs and other piggy substances esteem skin and intestines (S$1 to S$3) and the sharp sha dan (actually “sand egg” in Mandarin, however described as a runny-centred egg, so-named for sad sum restaurant molten salted egg bun, liu sha bao, at S$1).

GOLD 905 DJ Denise Tan with the pleasant of us at Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles. (Photo: Abundant Productions)


If I had had my manner, I ‘d have blown the funds and my belly by at the side of them all in my describe. Nevertheless I used to be a lady on a mission to recreate a mountainous prawn noodle skills worthy of a MasterChef – and Cheong had actually helpful that I lunge for the greatest piece of unadulterated dry prawn noodles with soup on the side, promising flavors every intense and umami.

The back wall of the stall had been painted with “The Art work of Xia (Prawn) Mee” in mountainous, brave letters. Three folks were practicing that intention – manager Kelvin, cook Meng and cashier/server Eva, who told me that they’d been there since 4am to initiate making ready the broth.

A colossal-lidded cauldron of prawn inventory stood testament, effervescent away enticingly in a corner, potent prawn aroma wafting steamily in our direction.

MasterChef winner Cheong believes the broth is the greatest part in a comely bowl of prawn noodles and a range of skill is wished to create the becoming flavor and fragrance. Prawn heads rep the most flavour, so that they need to be fried “valid stressful” to free up all their goodness into the broth.

You have purchased eight orange prawn halves perched prettily atop yellow noodles, sprinkled with chilli powder. (Photo: Abundant Productions)


The stall’s manager, Kevin, confirmed this , asserting they fry prawn heads for an extremely very long time, forward of pork bones are added, on the side of water, then boiled for approximately two hours to assassinate their prawn soup.

“Prospects love it on story of it tastes assorted from others. The prawn taste is pronounced. There’s a freshness and natural sweetness that comes though,” he told me in Mandarin.

Per him, the owner of Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles tweaked a recipe he purchased from a chum within the industry, making clear to make verbalize of only the freshest of substances and spices.

Ten years and four other branches later, they now with out issues promote 300 to 400 bowls of their usual mountainous prawn noodles per day. And that’s comely at their contemporary Loyang Potential situation.

GOLD 905 DJ Denise Tan went for the dry version. (Photo: Abundant Productions)


Adding to that day after day number with my believe describe of their bestseller, I went for the dry version comely esteem my Makan Kaki had rapid. Because it was being ready, Eva the pleasant cashier told me that their repute lies in no longer comely their comely broth and contemporary prawns, however also their chilli sauce.

As with most of my experiences with hawkers, I used to be told it was fabricated from a “secret recipe” which fully could no longer be published. Acknowledged chilli sauce was so “secret”, that even the group didn’t know exactly what was in it on story of “the boss makes it himself at home then delivers it to the stalls every morning”, Eva confided.

Whereas she didn’t instruct nor confirm the substances, I guessed red chillies (dried and contemporary), belacan (fermented prawn paste) , hae bee (dried diminutive) and garlic made up no longer no longer as much as one of the most important principle sauce. One strive to I knew why the recipe was so carefully guarded. The tastiness of the noodles hinged fully on that shrimpy, fascinating sauce and from there, the flavors comely built and built.

Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles’ repute is no longer comely on story of their broth and contemporary prawns however their chilli sauce, which was a “secret recipe”. (Photo: Abundant Productions)


I watched as my describe of dry yellow noodles (kway teow is every other likelihood) was being made: A dollop of the chilli sauce went into a bowl, adopted by a mountainous spoonful of crispy cubed pork chunky and liquid lard, all then loosened with a bit of soup. If a “no chilli” describe is accessible in, a splash of mild soya sauce is outdated faculty as a replacement to season the noodles.

Meanwhile, the noodles were blanched with bean sprouts (eschewed by the MasterChef, cherished by me) for mere seconds forward of being tossed vigorously with the saucy combination within the bowl. Evenly-boiled contemporary sea prawns were halved and fanned out attractively in a circle over the noodles, then given a supreme garnish of fried shallots and exquisite chilli powder for further kick.

The entirety smelled and looked unbelievable – the eight orange prawn halves perched prettily atop yellow noodles, sprinkled with fascinating vermillion chilli powder, actually popped towards the white canvas of the colossal white bowl. The glistening noodles were totally covered by the chilli paste, taking on a fluffy texture from the pulverised hae bee. That and the belacan amplified the umami of the contemporary mountainous prawns and the soup. The chilli also had a delayed kick that detonated esteem appetizing dynamite ten seconds later.

In contrast, the tidy juiciness of the contemporary mountainous prawns helped defuse the spiciness of the chilli. Crunching through the heads to extract the jammy, creamy funk within was sheer pleasure, only to be taken up several notches by the properly-known soup.

Served in a colossal bowl on the side, the prawn and pork broth was sturdy and multi-dimensional. It had a shining, brown hue that spoke of the depth of its flavour – prawn heads that had been caramelised in oil and their particular chilli sauce oozed a thin layer of fascinating orange oil that floated on the ground – giving an exquisite hint of spiciness and Overall filthy rich, luxurious mouth-actually feel.

Fried shallots added fragrance and sweetness to the already naturally sweet prawn broth. Kevin assured me that there was fully no sugar added – the final flavor came from prawn heads and pork bones.

Every spoonful introduced a thrilling mirroring of flavors – crispy lard within the noodles echoed the gentle pork flavor from the bones within the broth. Vital extra pronounced were the layers of flavor designed to negate maximum prawn vitality. From the prawn heads within the broth, to the colossal, contemporary prawns, to the chilli sauce stuffed with double belacan and hae bee fermented diminutive flavour, an extremely intense prawniness permeated your entire dish.

So the next time you crave prawn noodles, soup or dry, opt up a wonderfully balanced bowl from a stall that fully lives as much as its title and delivers on mountainous prawn flavour. Easiest of all, while the day out to the distinctive Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles is fully price it, that it’s most likely you’ll additionally skills a punchy prawn mee skills at any of their other branches closer to you in Bedok North, Choa Chu Kang, Albert Food Center or Hong Lim Food Centre.

Loyang Potential Colossal Prawn Noodles is located at 64 Loyang Potential, Singapore 508754. It’s initiate 7am – 3pm, Mondays to Saturdays, closed on Sundays and public holidays. LogoSnatch Makan Kakis with Denise Tan every Thursday from 11am on GOLD 905.Logo

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