8 Things You Didn’t Know About Prawn Mee
Image Credit: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
You can easily find this savoury bowl of noodles at hawker centres across the island, and there are even specialty stores that seem to have queues perpetually.
It’s often confused with an equally iconic dish of a similar name. But the Prawn Mee we’re talking about is another delicious dish altogether, and one of many local favourites.
To help distinguish the dish, here are 10 things you didn’t know about Prawn Mee.
1. It’s often confused with the Hokkien Prawn Mee
Hokkien Prawn Mee / Image Credit: Miss Tam Chiak
People tend to confuse Hokkien Prawn Mee and Prawn Mee for its very similar name and ingredients used. Both dishes use the Hokkien yellow noodle, prawn stock, prawns, pork slices, and beansprouts, but the preparation of these ingredients are entirely different.
The Hokkien Prawn Mee is fried with lard and usually a mix of rice vermicelli and yellow noodles. Before digging in, locals will squeeze the lime and mix it in to the noodles with the chilli served with the dish.
2. You can have it dry or with soup
Prawn Mee Soup And Dry / Image Credit: I Eat & Eat
Unlike Hokkien Prawn Mee, a bowl of Prawn Mee comes in soup or dry versions.
The soup version of Prawn Mee comes with savoury seafood broth boiled with pork bones and prawn heads. Blanched bean sprouts, kangkong, and fried shallots are usually added in to the dish as well for additional flavour and crunch.
The dry version comes with the hawker’s signature spicy sauce, but ketchup is also usually available upon request.
3. Hokkien Prawn Mee is also known as the Singapore Noodles
Singapore Noodles / Image Credit: Serious Eats
Because prawn noodles are so delicious, you can find it in some Western countries as well. Endearingly renamed the Singapore noodles, this version of fried Hokkien prawn noodles is an egg noodle dish stir-fried with prawns, meat, seafood, and vegetables.
4. You can customise your Prawn Mee
Bee Hoon Prawn Mee / Image Credit: I Eat & Eat
Spoilt with good food, locals are picky eaters. Most Prawn Mee stalls and eateries let you choose the type of noodles you like. By default you’d get a combination of Hokkien yellow noodle and rice vermicelli, but feel free to request for kway tiao (rice cake strips), or even a mix of any of them.
5. There are many ‘luxurious’ Prawn Mee variants
Mr John Lee of Beach Road Prawn Mee has been credited for introducing jumbo prawns to Prawn Mee in 1988.
Prawn Mee with Clams / Image Credit: Seth Lui
Over the years, hawkers have hopped on the bandwagon and made their Prawn Mee stand out. Now you can get sumptuous Prawn Mee variants that come with pork ribs, giant prawns, crayfish, clams, and even crabs and abalones.
6. A bowl of Prawn Mee is enough to exceed an adult’s daily sodium allowance
Prawn Mee Soup / Image Credit: FEAST to the world
According to HealthXchange, you can have a bowl of prawn mee soup even if you’re on a diet, but definitely not if you are watching your sodium intake. A bowl of prawn mee soup contains more than 2,000mg of sodium, and we know it’s hard to not slurp down all the delicious broth!
7. Dry Prawn Mee is stronger in flavour, but more unhealthy
Dry Prawn Mee / Image Credit: Miss Tam Chiak
The dry option tends to contain more calories than the soup counterpart as the flavour comes from the mixture of sauces. The soup version gets its flavour from the broth (with just a bit of additive like salt).
8. It all started from Mr. Lee Pi Duan in 1928
Blanco Court Prawn Mee / Image Credit: EatBook.sg
As shared by Dr. Leslie Tay in his article on the six local hawker favourites served at The Lobby Lounge, Singapore’s most famous prawn mee stalls like Blanco Court Prawn Mee, Beach Road Prawn Noodles, and Joo Chiat Prawn Mee can all trace their roots to Mr. Lee Pi Duan, who arrived from Fujian Province in 1928.
Indulge In A Bowl Of Prawn Mee
Now that you know a little more about Prawn Mee, you can indulge in a delicious bowl of it (or more) at The Lobby Lounge, at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore!
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