Jackson Kopitiam, or more affectionately known as Jackson Market to my family, used to be a regular Sunday haunt for lunch considering its close proximity to Elim Church. Together with my family, my cousins, auntie and uncle have fond memories of chomping on fishball noodles, sambal stingray, pork porridge, ngor hiang, char kway teow etc on a sunny and hot Sunday. Western food was had at the now-defunct Dolphin's Steakhouse just across the street.
Ah memories... Now Jackson Kopitiam is also no longer around. But across the street there is River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles, one of the most raved about prawn noodles on the island. Strange that I've never noticed it's existence till lately.
My first order was the Prawn and Pork Ribs with chor bee hoon (thick vermicelli) in soup ($4). Oh yessss...the soup had a thin orange foam on the surface. Presumably from all the boiling of prawn heads and shell. It was a good sign, for the soup was prawny-ly rich but yet rather light and clean tasting. Totally different from the robust, in-your-face soup from my favourite Beach Road Prawn Mee in Upper East Coast.
As if following some kind of ritual, my second order was for a dry version of the Big Prawns with Yellow Egg Noodles ($4). Sad to say, the chilli was too sharply spicy for the noodles. The heat overwhelmed everything else. No pork lard or vinegar could save it.
But the good part was the prawns that came in another bowl with soup that was more flavourful. I find that noodles in soup tend to dilute out the taste of the soup.
And the prawns here came without their shells (which I guess they strip away to use for the soup). How convenient! I was a little disappointed with the size especially since the stall called it 'big' but it was still decent nonetheless...just not what I would expect of 'big'. Size is indeed relative. The flesh was meaty, sweet and had an incredible bite, not in the super-crunchy chemically-enhanced way. For me, this has got to be the best prawns in my prawn noodle escapade so far!
Their business card is on almost every table. Serious business and a good move me thinks.
Chew On This: For those who like lots of ingredients in their prawn mee, you'll be glad you can pick from intestines, stomach, baby abalone, canned clams etc etc.