Prawn Noodle Shop 蝦麵店
English Address : Shop 4, G/F, Rialto Building, No. 2 LanDale St, Wan Chai
Chinese Address : 灣仔蘭杜街2號麗都大廈4號地舖
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Phone No. : 2520 0268
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Categories : Singaporean & Malaysian | Noodles/Rice Noodles
Spending : $41-$100
Overall Score : 3.3
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Opening Hours: 星期一至六: 11:30-19:30
Number of Seats: 40
Payment Method: Cash
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RobG (9 Review(s))
I had read about this place and heard good things. It was my first visit and opted for the 'Spicy Seafood Noodles.' The noodles arrived quickly and the portion was good. The soup had a good flavour but lacked any complexity. The seafood consisted of one prawn, two small squid and one mussel. Nothing special but OK. The noodles were standard thick egg noodles, again OK but nothing special. For $58 (if I remember correctly) it was not great value. The greatest disappointment was the spicy level - nothing like the level I would expect, certainly not what you would get in Malaysia or South East Asia generally. Overall, OK but not below my expectations. With so many places to try I may go back to try other things but not immediately.
Date of Visit: 2012-09-06
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD58 (Lunch)
Overall Rating : Taste3 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
海鮮蝦麵店: 企理新加坡食堂 Mee want Prawn Mee
梵高將軍 (221 Review(s))
Wan Chai is a wonderful place filled with interesting eateries and unique, uncommercialized restaurants. It's practically a lifeline for those who work at Admiralty! I asked one of my Singaporean colleagues for recommendations around Wan Chai and she recommended this shop. Thanks to her, this is yet another good find!
I went there at 1:00 p.m. and there was already a small queue forming. Luckily, it's easy to get in if you're a lone wolf. I haven't had laksa for quite a while so I was a bit tempted by it. However, the name of the shop - "Prawn Noodle Shop" is quite an obvious hint , so I settled for the first item on the menu, the "Spicy Seafood Prawn Mee". (I think I chose medium spiciness, if there was such an option.)
It came after a 5 minutes wait and looked good:
I couldn't wait to try the soup immediately -
Soup had a very addictive prawn taste. It's super "prawny", if there is such a word. Definitely one of the very few places I recall had such a nice and strong prawn taste! It's also a bit sweet, so I think the seafood broth consisted of not just prawns but a lot of squid and other shellfish too.
Contrary to the colour of the stock, it wasn't super spicy, again, if you are used to Korean food then you won't find any problems with it. On the other hand, if you can't handle spicy food - just don't order spicy food.
The spicy stock they used was completely different from "Tong Yum Kong". It appears to be made of garlic, a bit of dark and light soy sauce plus some herbs, possibly lemon grass. The chilli oil in the broth was similar to "Gwui Lin chilli sauce" but milder and less oily.
The red items at the left side were crab sticks. Quite a lot of crab sticks were provided (not to be confused with crab meat- which was wrongly stated on the menu - crab sticks are usually made of fish meat and some crab flavourings - you'll be paying triple the price if it's real crab meat). You might be interested to know that different brands of crab sticks have different compositions and very different tastes. Some had more "real" crab meat than others. Those provided here were quite nice and sweet.
The "Tung Choi" was an interesting surprise. It was fresh. Quite interesting with the spicy soup but the combination was a bit odd. Anyway, no complaints as the tung choi was quite fresh. According to Wiki, "Tung Choi" is also called "water morning glory", I wonder why.
There was also a piece of fish meat tofu (it's the white object on the right side of the prawn). That was quite different from the Shunde style and is probably Hokkein style. (Most Asian Hong Kongers originally came from Canton but most Asian Singaporeans originally came from Hokkein or Hakka, which affect the food culture forever). It tasted a bit like a fried fishball and was quite sweet. It's interesting.
Let's have a closer look at the prawn mee :
You could choose different types of noodles like glass noodles and possibly vermicelli (I didn't notice the options on the menu though, but the boss was asking me what type of noodles I'd like). Since oil noodle was the default option, that's what I chose. To my surprise, the noodles were very fresh and had a refreshing egg taste. I never realized that "Yau Mee" (Oil Noodle) could taste this fresh. It's not chewy but crisp. It's not too thick and was just the right size and texture. Most of the yau mee I've had was basically carbohydrates with a little bit of egg taste to fill one's stomach temporarily, e.g. like oil noodles I've tried in most "Chee Jai Min" stall or at Ocean Park). This was good. The only quibble I had was that it was not super filling. I became quite hungry at 3:00 p.m. (perhaps it's time for tea.)
There were 4-5 baby squids inside the broth. Those were super fresh, crispy and delicious !! It really had a very aromatic squid taste. It's almost as if it had just been freshly caught from the sea and then served immediately! Definitely fresher than most squids which I had in Sai Kung or Lei Yu Moon, or believe it or not, sashimi. A shockingly good surprise indeed!
The mussel was quite big and fresh. It's about 5*3*1.5 cm! Because it's fresh, it had mussel taste. Not as sweet as the squid , but pretty close. Very nice.
The prawn itself, however, was nothing special. It's fresh but not particularly meaty. Probably it's essence had already gone into the broth.
A small bowl was provided together with your bowl of noodle probably for discarding the prawn shells and the mussel shell, which i used anyhow even if it's not meant for that purpose.
A noteworthy point was that the prawn had been cut in the middle before it was served, so customers could eat the prawn without too much trouble or soiling their hands. This is particularly important when you need to shake hands with people after lunch!
The noodle cost HK$54, which I find quite reasonable.
Environment: It was small but clean and well organized. Different from most noodle shops in Hong Kong, there were about 3 tables for 6 and quite a lot of counter seats facing the wall. This is good for those eating alone. You don't have to be odd one out at a table, listening to other peoples private conversations. They don't want you listening too.
The other shop which got this design in Wan Chai is "Lo Baat 鹵八".
The restaurant was not too spacious but the seats were reasonably spaced apart. To be precise, you'll have about 30 inches space for you and your noodle.
The ceiling was very high for a shop like this which is very good for reducing noise in a crowded space. It also had a classic colonial style fan on the ceiling. The air-conditioning was just about sufficient.
Delivery available if the order is over HK$100 (?) but add HK$2 to each item you ordered. If you collect the items yourself, that extra HK$2 per item is waived. However, I think you'll need to pay HK$1 for the take away bowls.....etc. Furthermore, there were slogans posted around the restaurant inviting the customers to save resources (their resources), i.e. only ask for tea, water and condiments if you have to. Having said that, the waitress gave me a cup of tea without me asking for it - perhaps she's new to the shop. The male boss looked a bit serious but the female boss was quite friendly. All in all, no complaints about the service.
The spicy prawn noodle live up to it's name. The noodles were good. The soup had a very sweet prawn taste. The prawn itself was not the main focus. On the other hand, the squids and mussel were very fresh and tasty.
Environment is much cleaner and organized than other shops of this size. Good for single diners.
I think this attention to detail (regarding the sliced prawns, bowl to contain the shells, seat arrangements), it's cleanliness, and "resource management" is very authentic Singaporean. I'm sure my Singaporean friends and colleagues won't object to that!
A place which I'll return for lunch once in a while.
星洲辣蝦麵: 非常甜的海鮮湯! 辣味與冬蔭截然不同。蒜，豉油，辣椒油為主。食慣韓國菜的話是沒有問題 (忘記了辣度有否選擇-如有的話，應選了中辣)。
- 魷魚仔超新鮮爽口! 像剛剛從海中"Chok"出來一樣! (注: Chok "擢" ,引，拔。 動詞 。與音樂及樣貌冇關。)
- "腐角"應為福建食品? (香港較多廣州移民，而新加坡則較多福建移民。對飲食文化固然有影響。)有點似魚腐但較甜和紮實。幾特別。
"Olala" 一碗麵 at Start Street is also very good. I've commented on Olala, a Michelin Bib recommendation. It's a completely different style, however, probably a Shanghainese style? The broth there was basically just prawns, prawns and nothing but prawns. It's orange. It's not spicy. Fans of super heavy prawn broth might like that too. However, Olala might have three times the prawns in their broth but the price was also three times the price at Prawn Noodle Shop!
On a completely different note, the new "Tsui Wah"翠華 at Wan Chai is also another blessing for those who work in Admiralty.
Date of Visit: 2012-04-25
Table Wait Time: 1 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD54
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene4 Value for Money3
Good Prawn Noodles
AK2012 (23 Review(s))
I always like Singaporean and Malaysian food, and prawn noodles is one of them.
Ordered a prawn noodles (asked for yellow noodles + vermicelli, as usual) with sliced meat + hard-boiled egg, and a noodles with thick soup, namely "Loh Mee".
The prawn noodles are good - that's their specialty! It wasn't spicy to me even though it looked spicy. In fact, prawn noodles looks spicy but in fact it's not that spicy, and you can adjust the spiciness according to your preference by adding chilli paste to it. The meat and prawn slices are fresh too. This is not the best prawn noodles i've ever had, but it's the closest to authentic which I could find in Hong Kong so far.
As for the noodles with thick soup/gravy - yellow noodles in broth thickened with corn starch and eggs, It was just alright. It wasn't really good if I would to compare it with those I had in Singapore or Malaysia, but again, this is the closest that I can find in Hong Kong so far.
Overall, feels a little uneasy having meals there as their shop is quite small and the seats are pretty crowded. The food is good especially the prawn noodles. I will think of this restaurant wheneven I crave for prawn noodles..
Recommended Dish(es): Prawn Noodles
Date of Visit: 2012-03-05
Table Wait Time: 0 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD40 (Lunch)
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene3 Value for Money3
closest to authentic penang prawn mee
sherkoh (3 Review(s))
i'm a regular as i'm a big fan of penang prawn mee.
it's not the best i've had in my life but the closest i can find to authentic prawn mee in hk.
for those felt that the soup looks spicy and is not, do note that penang prawn mee is supposed to be a little spicy and you can add on the chilli to adjust according to your taste.
i do admit the soup is not 'prawny' enough which is why it doesn't get a full 5 marks from me.
had the laksa too and it's a complete failure.
not sure where their laksa is supposed to be from but it doesn't taste anything like laksa from singapore or curry mee from malaysia.
Recommended Dish(es): prawn mee
Date of Visit: 2010-09-24
Takeaway Wait Time: 1 Minutes
Spending per Head: HKD37 (Dinner)
Overall Rating : Taste4 Environment3 Service3 Hygiene4 Value for Money3
bblaw (2 Review(s))
If you are looking for bad service and 車仔麵-styled laksa noodle, this will be the
perfect place. If you are in a group of 6 people, the shop will let you in first. May be 6 is the shop's lucky number. So bad today there were only 4 of us. Even though we arrived the shop earlier than the other 6 men and were also told the next available table would be ours, the waitress let those 6 guys entered the shop before us and we had to wait for another 10 minutes.
Re the noodle, I ordered Curry Laksa with oil noodle & slices of fish meat. Well, it really is laksa + oil noodle + slices of fish meat. Nothing like a traditional laksa.
Date of Visit: 2010-07-22
Spending per Head: HKD40
Overall Rating : Taste2 Environment3 Service1 Hygiene3 Value for Money2
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