24-hour Hock Prawn Mee 福鰕面 @ 43 Jalan Besar

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post (Yong Kee Seafood Restaurant)…

Whilst scratching my head, I remembered Danny (from Koka Wanton Noodle post) telling me about a kopitiam with 24-hour Prawn Mee (mee = noodle) stall as well as another stall selling tasty Cze Char.

Danny mention this place while we were driving past Little India towards North Bridge Road that night. He said to go into Little India, Serangoon Road, and turn right into Upper Dickson Road, a one way street, and cruise till the end of the throughway to reach the other side of the grid at Jalan Besar Road. The kopitiam would be on my right. He gave me no name of the kopitiam, no name for the prawn noodle stall and he had no name to the cze char stall as well. I was banking on arriving there before giving the girls their ride’s direction. Clueless me would have to arrive earlier to suss out a koitiam cze char with a 24-hour prawn noodle stall in it…

So the first thing I did upon entering this kopitiam (coffee shop) was to check out for a 24-hour Prawn Mee stall. I found it quickly.

The “24 Hours” printed on the left corner of the signboard of Hock Prawn Mee 福鰕面 where “Hock – 福”, a Hokkien dialect word meaning good fortune/happiness/luck, indicated that I have come to the right place.

Although we were here for the cze char, I couldn’t help but order two bowls of prawn noodles from Hock Prawn Mee. After all, this stall has been touted as one of the best of its category in our local food scene. I had a soup and dry version for comparison.

Truth be told, I was shocked when the lady asked for S$12.50. I am seriously out of touch with food prices inflation in Singapore. I did not say anything to the elderly except for a price breakdown so I could provide the cost in my post. Perhaps she could interpret from my astonished facial expression, the thoughtful lady gave me a 50 cent discount as I was digging into my purse for coins 😉

Hock Prawn Mee is sold 24 hours a day except for Sunday nights.

Hock Prawn Mee is sold 24 hours a day except for Sunday nights.

Living up to its name, Hock Prawn Mee was indeed tasty. The secondary ingredients in menu item #6 were tender and flavorsome. However, the 10 days I’d spent in Macau had overindulged my palate so much so I find the soup a little on the oily side. I need to adjust my taste (like weather) in line to our local scene.

I have mixed feelings about the prices. While I find the standard portion (menu item #1) at S$4.50 to be on the high side, the upgraded version at S$8 (menu item #6) had very generous amount of ingredients.

My children thoroughly enjoyed the dry version as the chilli and sauce combination were delicious. Maybe it was the wrong choice of noodle selected for the soup version (coarse bee hoon may not absorb the broth flavour well), we would most likely order the standard dry yellow mee and a bowl of mixed ingredients (without noodle) on our next trip.

Note: Due to the limited consumption of prawn noodles I had in Singapore this past year, it is in my humble opinion that prawn noodle Dry version from Hock Prawn Mee 福鰕面 is very delicious, but for prawn noodle Soup version (broth wise) it has to be Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle 真鸣肉骨虾面.

Prawn Noodle Menu Item #1 - S$4.50

Prawn Noodle Menu Item #1 – S$4.50

Standard Prawn Noodle -Dry Version.<br />Yellow Mee with Sliced Pork, Pig's Skin and Prawns.

Standard Prawn Noodle -Dry Version.
Yellow Mee with Sliced Pork, Pig’s Skin and Prawns.

Prawn Noodle Menu Item #6 - S$8.

Prawn Noodle Menu Item #6 – S$8.

This is an upsized and upgraded version of Prawn Noodle Soup. It had all the offerings like Prawns, Sliced Pork, Pork Ribs, Pig's Tail, Pig's Skin and Pig's Small Intestines.

This is an upsized and upgraded version of Prawn Noodle Soup.
It had all the offerings like Prawns, Sliced Pork, Pork Ribs, Pig’s Tail, Pig’s Skin and Pig’s Small Intestines.

When I requested for Bee Hoon in the soup version, I thought it would be the thinner strands of vermicelli.

When I requested for Bee Hoon in the soup version, I thought it would be the thinner strands of vermicelli.

My children preferred the Dry Yellow Noodles version after tasting this.

My children preferred the Dry Yellow Noodles version after tasting this.

When I returned to the table after placing my orders for the prawn mee, Vanessa and Sam were in the process of choosing some Yakitori items. The lady suggested a few more items to add on for more “value”. The 12-sticks set cost us S$25. The food was not too distinguished but if you want some savoury appetisers to accompany your meal, this option should fulfill.

Yakitori Set - S$25.

Yakitori Set – S$25.

Japanese styled Yakitori (food on sticks) sold in kopitiam. At 2.08 a stick, is it any cheaper than eating in a proper Japanese restaurant?

Japanese styled Yakitori (food on sticks) sold in kopitiam.
At 2.08 a stick, is it any cheaper than eating in a proper Japanese restaurant?

Yakitori @ Dickson

Yakitori @ Dickson

43 Jalan Besar Road. The restaurant is in this Kopitiam, which is diagonally opposite Sim Lim Tower near Little India.

43 Jalan Besar Road.
Hock Prawn Mee, Yakitori Dickson and Yong Kee Seafood Restaurant are located in Shing Boon Hwa Food Centre (kopitiam), which is diagonally opposite Sim Lim Tower near Little India.

Hock Prawn Mee 福鰕面
Inside Shing Boon Hwa Food Centre (Kopitiam is opposite Sim Lim Tower)
Address: 43 Jalan Besar,
Singapore 208804.

Operating hours: Closed on Sunday nights
Mon- Sat: 24-hours

Yakitori at Dickson
Inside Shing Boon Hwa Food Centre (Kopitiam is opposite Sim Lim Tower)
Address: 43 Jalan Besar,
Singapore 208804.

Tel: 84000551

Operating hours: Daily
6pm – 2am.

Happy eating 🙂

If you like cze char, Yong Kee Seafood Restaurant is located in this same premise.

If you like Soupy prawn noodle, click on Zhen Ming Pork Ribs Prawn Noodle 真鸣肉骨虾面 for my review and its address.

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12 Responses to “24-hour Hock Prawn Mee 福鰕面 @ 43 Jalan Besar”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    I hope your palate is “restored’ soon after being away for such a good long vacation. Although the food is beautifully photographed, it isn’t as pretty looking as some of your other dishes I’ve seen. Seems to be all brown and yellow. But taste is everything, not color!

    • Sam Han says:

      Lol… the dishes are browns and yellows for sure but maybe it’s my screen? I’m having trouble adjusting to the Mac and the screen brightness seem dull. I was hoping someone would comment how my pictures show up on their screen. I feel the photos lack “punch”. Thanks Laura. 😀

      • Laura Lynn says:

        Maybe it’s MY screen. I have an HD tablet so all pictures on this Mac are very clear and bright. I think ‘punch’ is not lacking in your photo’s. It’s just that there was very little green or red or blue-no primary colors to offset. Okay maybe blue food is bad!

      • Sam Han says:

        Hahahaha, you just cracked me up. Much needed humour! I’m feeling worn out. My camera’s SD slot spoilt a few days ago and now I have to use my daughter camera whenever she can spare me. I haven’t sent mine for repair yet (lazy and procrastination). I know for sure I’m lacking punch 😉 I need some motivation. Perhaps another getaway, lol…

      • Laura Lynn says:

        The holidays leave everyone lacking punch and vigor. I am having a massage and spa day tomorrow-a gift from my brother. Nails, hair and massage…it will rejuvenate me and leave me hopefully looking like Charlize Theron! You need a bouquet of flowers and a spa day too!

      • Sam Han says:

        That’s very nice of your brother! Such a thoughtful gift 😀 Can you lend him to me till he gets me a spa day gift too? Lol… Enjoy your day tomorrow, Princess Laura 😀

  2. Rörschåch says:

    You still take fantastic shots. (Are you using your daughter’s Fuji?) Get your camera fixed, Sam. It’s an extra set of eyes for you, and helps us see the world the way you see it. It’s always interesting.

    • Sam Han says:

      Hey Janet, thanks for the encouragement. I’ll try my best 😀

      I used my daughter’s spare canon 5dmk3 and a sigma art 35mm lens for these and yesterday’s posts’ photos (she needs both at work sometimes but the cam was available that night). I’m not used to the complicated dials and control. She’s kept the Fuji at work place.

      I hope the repair works or I’ll have to say hasta la vista to photography hobby. Fingers crossed. 😀

  3. Hi Sam ,l hope you enjoyed the holidays,you are an excellent chef ,reporter and short film telling a story through photography .Cheers.(thank you so much for the likes on few of my posts.)

    • Sam Han says:

      Thank you very much Jalal for this past year of support and kind comments. God bless and may 2014 brings you and your family more joy and celebrations of life 😀

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