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Hawker Review: Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee

It was a rainy Monday morning when I arrived early at Pek Kio Market and Food Centre for my lunch, having to run some errands nearby. Unfortunately, as it was Monday, most of the stall were closed. I look around to see what was available to eat and realised that about half the stalls were actually closed. Nevertheless, I discovered a long queue of people waiting for prawn noodles at Lai Hiang at Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee and decided to do what most Singaporeans would do – join the queue! This article is brought to you by the Tropika Club team.


No Time to Read? Here’s a Snappy Summary of This Article

  • Hawker Review: Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee is a review of a popular hawker stall in Singapore that sells pork rib prawn noodles.
  • The stall is located at Blk 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre and has been operating for over 40 years, attracting long queues of customers every day.
  • The signature dish is the pork rib prawn mee, which consists of yellow noodles, bean sprouts, kangkong, sliced fish cake, pork ribs and prawns in a rich and flavourful broth.
  • The pork ribs are tender and fall off the bone easily, while the prawns are fresh and succulent. The broth is made with pork bones, dried shrimps, shallots and garlic, and has a sweet and savoury taste.
  • The stall also offers other dishes such as pig’s tail soup, pig’s organ soup and braised pork trotters, which are equally delicious and satisfying.
  • The prices are reasonable and the portions are generous, ranging from $4 to $8 depending on the size and ingredients. The stall is open from 8am to 2pm daily, except on Mondays.

With 20 Persons Queuing for Prawn Mee

Now, the queue was not a short one. The queue was a consistent one, and even after queuing and getting my meal, I did a queue-count and noted that at its longest, there were twenty people queuing for their prawn noodles! There must be something in the prawn noodles to warrant so many people willing to queue for their lunch. I was glad that I ordered a $5 prawn mee (dry, with white flat noodles and yellow round noodles mixed, and with chilli added, of course). 


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Definitely Worth a Visit

I was wondering why Lai Hiang did not make it to the Tropika Club list of ranking for Best Prawn Noodles in Singapore. The chilli sauce used by Lai Hiang for the noodles was so delicious that I actually would probably be able to eat another portion of the $5 noodles that I ordered. It was definitely spicy, but yet tasty as well, and it goes to show that the sauce used for mixing the noodles is a key determinant in how tasty a bowl of (dry) noodles score. A small bowl of prawn soup or broth was given as a default, and the soup tasted great, with enough umami and prawn taste to the point that it was sweet but yet not too sweet. 

  • Prawns: The prawns were deshelled and were not halved. Each prawn was tender and juicy and complemented the noodles well.
  • Broth: The prawn broth had a strong flavour of prawns and was also sweet and slightly herbal. 
  • Noodles: The noodles were very tasty and delicious, thanks to the chilli sauce added to the noodles. 

All in all, I would highly recommended paying a visit to Lai Hiang Prawn Noodles if you are a fan of good food. Especially on a Monday when most of the other well-rated stall are all closed. 


Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee

Location:  Pek Kio Market #01-41​
Hours

  • Monday 6am–2pm
  • Tuesday Closed
  • Wednesday 6am–2pm
  • Thursday 6am–2pm
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 6am–2pm
  • Sunday 6am–2pm

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a hearty and satisfying meal, you might want to check out Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee. This hawker stall has been serving up delicious pork rib prawn noodles for more than four decades, and it’s still going strong.

The stall is located at the Old Airport Road Food Centre, which is one of the best places to enjoy local food in Singapore. You can find Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee at Blk 51, #01-144. But be prepared to wait in line, because this stall is very popular and often sells out by 2pm.

The main attraction here is the pork rib prawn mee, which is a bowl of yellow noodles with bean sprouts, kangkong, sliced fish cake, pork ribs and prawns. The noodles are springy and chewy, and the toppings are fresh and generous. But the star of the show is the broth, which is rich and flavourful. It’s made with pork bones, dried shrimps, shallots and garlic, and it has a sweet and savoury taste that will make you slurp up every drop.

The pork ribs are tender and fall off the bone easily, while the prawns are fresh and succulent. You can choose from small ($4), medium ($5) or large ($6) portions, depending on your appetite. You can also add more ingredients like pig’s skin, pig’s intestines or pig’s liver for an extra $2.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try some of the other dishes that Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee offers. They have pig’s tail soup, pig’s organ soup and braised pork trotters, which are all cooked with the same broth as the noodles. The pig’s tail soup is especially good, as the meat is soft and gelatinous, and the soup is peppery and comforting. The pig’s organ soup is also a treat for those who like offal, as it has a variety of pig’s parts like stomach, kidney and heart. The braised pork trotters are another favourite, as they are braised with soy sauce, star anise and cinnamon, and have a melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee is a must-try for anyone who loves pork rib prawn noodles or hawker food in general. It’s one of the best stalls in Singapore that serves this dish, and it has a loyal following of customers who swear by it. The next time you’re at Old Airport Road Food Centre, don’t miss this hidden gem. You’ll be glad you did.

FAQ

FAQ FOR HAWKER REVIEW: LAI HIANG PORK RIB PRAWN MEE

Q: What is pork rib prawn mee?

A: Pork rib prawn mee is a noodle dish that consists of yellow noodles, bean sprouts, kangkong, sliced fish cake, pork ribs and prawns in a rich and flavourful broth. It is a popular hawker food in Singapore that originated from the Teochew community.

Q: Where can I find Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee?

A: Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee is a hawker stall located at Blk 51 Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-144. It has been operating for over 40 years and attracts long queues of customers every day. It is open from 8am to 2pm daily, except on Mondays.

Q: How much does Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee cost?

A: Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee offers three sizes of prawn mee: small ($4), medium ($5) or large ($6), depending on the size and ingredients. You can also add more ingredients like pig’s skin, pig’s intestines or pig’s liver for an extra $2. The stall also offers other dishes such as pig’s tail soup, pig’s organ soup and braised pork trotters, which range from $4 to $8.

Q: What makes Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee special?

A: Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee is known for its tender and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs, fresh and succulent prawns, and sweet and savoury broth that is made with pork bones, dried shrimps, shallots and garlic. The stall also serves its prawn mee with a spicy chilli sauce that adds a kick to the dish. The stall is also generous with its portions and friendly with its service.

Q: What are some other good prawn mee stalls in Singapore?

A: Some other good prawn mee stalls in Singapore are Zion Road Big Prawn Noodle, Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House, Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee, River South (Hoe Nam) Noodles House, Blanco Court Prawn Mee, Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles, Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodle, 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles, Wen Wen Big Prawn Mee, Da Dong Prawn Noodles, Ebi Bar, East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodle, Da Shi Jia, Ming’s Prawn Noodle, Loyang Way Big Prawn Noodles, Albert Street Prawn Noodles, Min Nan Prawn Noodles, One Prawn & Co, 58 Prawn Noodle and Minced Meat Noodle, Seng Huat / Cheng Fa Prawn and Fishball Noodles and Don Don Prawn Noodles. You can read more about them here.


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