Prawn & Mee: Generous $5 pork ribs & prawn noodles at 216 Bedok Food Centre

I’d heard of Prawn & Mee countless times on social media, but making a lengthy trip East has always been hard to justify. It just so happened that the stars aligned to make lunch at Bedok a feasible option, so there I was on an overcast day queuing for their acclaimed prawn noodles.

Prawn & Mee - 216 Bedok exterior

The stall at Block 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market is easily distinguishable from afar if you’re walking from Bedok station, so long as you’re looking out for their white banner.

Prawn & Mee - Storefront collage

Assisting the 2 friendly hawkers was a helper plating each order with utmost care and a practised swiftness. 

What I tried at Prawn & Mee

Prawn & Mee - Prawn mee top down

The downright simplistic menu of Prawn & Mee made deliberation virtually unnecessary for me. I had the smallest portion of Dry Prawn Noodle (S$5), which came with 3 prawns of considerable size. These struck me to have a certain uniform aesthetic, but that could have been because of the immaculate presentation.

Prawn & Mee - Prawn closeup

Their decent size meant nabbing one with chopsticks while steadying a camera on the other hand was possible. Very gratifying for someone with horrendous chopstick motor skills. I enjoyed the slightly tougher meat as it prolonged my enjoyment of its gentle sweet, pelagic notes.

Prawn & Mee - Fried shallots closeup

A very generous heap of fried shallots occupied the layer between the prawns and noodles. Choosing to have the noodles dry preserved their crisp and the shallots’ natural fragrance fought back an otherwise chilli-dominant smell. The noodles were also not subjected to a soggy fate and retained their initial firmness.

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Reinforcements like the kang kong helped brace against the brambly chilli flakes, a rare instance when I didn’t mind tougher vegetables so much. In my usual anti-greens bias, I still found it hard to ignore the slimy sensation.

Prawn & Mee - Chilli flake in broth

Adding the broth to the noodles achieved the inverse effect of what I had intended; the capsaicin readily spread to every surface and turned the heat up yet another notch. Despite being set ablaze, the broth’s briny flavour was untainted. So deliciously rich it was that I continued sipping away even as my nostrils began to unclog (messily).

Prawn & Mee - Pork Ribs Prawn Mee2

The only other dish on Prawn & Mee’s menu is Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle (S$5) that swaps 2 prawns for a generous helping of pork ribs. 

Prawn & Mee - Pork Ribs closeup 1

In volume, Prawn & Mee’s pork ribs totally outshone its counterpart. Though they varied in tenderness, none were chewy to the point of being irritating, and most had a sleek chunk of fat that slid right off to aid with some particularly tough sections. 

Prawn & Mee - Pork ribs in sauce

Arguably the best approach to enjoy the pork was to load them with dark soya sauce before eating them whole. Their heavily musky scent instantly lances your olfactory senses, which might be cause for a less aggressive dunk in the sauce. The first pungent kick caught me off guard but I liked riding those powerful waves that brought more than just a one-note brand of sweetness. 

Final thoughts

I could ask for no better backdrop against which to savour a bowl of prawn noodles as the skies eventually opened to a moderate deluge. The cool weather was actively combated by the scorching effect of the chilli on my tongue (and lips). 

I would hazard a guess that the S$7 and S$9 bowls offer value, greatly compounded if you’re a spice freak. Best stand by with some water just in case the blaze gets out of control.

Prawn & Mee - Overall

But for S$5, Prawn & Mee does right by you. 

Expected damage: S$5 – S$9 per pax

Lao San Prawn Noodles: Comforting, traditional prawn noodles in Tampines from $4.90

Price: $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Prawn & Mee

216 Bedok North Street 1, Bedok Food Centre and Market, #01-54, Singapore 460216

Our Rating 4/5

Prawn & Mee

216 Bedok North Street 1, Bedok Food Centre and Market, #01-54, Singapore 460216

Operating Hours: 9.15am - 2pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon

Operating Hours: 9.15am - 2pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon