Monday, March 09, 2009
Prawn Noodles of Love?
Sixth Avenue has many small interesting eateries and is also home to many kopitiams which are a great source of affordable food.
Ai Prawn Noodles is one such place. Ai in Mandarin means love. So would this be a prawn noodles of love? With the recent spate of dark news coming out from NTU, perhaps this would be the kind of food to share around.
The Prawn Kway Teow Mee Soup ($3) consisted of about four medium-sized prawns, thin slices of lean pork, beans sprout and a few strands of kang kong. The stock was satisfyingly cheng (light-tasting), with a prominent taste of pork bones at the forefront and the prawny flavour hitting the back. Throw in a few slices of fresh chilli for a kick!
As with my Standard Operating Procedure when eating prawn noodles, I decided to try the dry version too. The Pork Rib Prawn Noodles Dry ($4) came with the same ingredients with the addition of meltingly soft pork ribs. I would have preferred more meat and less fat on the pork ribs though.
What really got me hooked was the darkish sauce used. It was spicy, savoury and a perfect coating for the prawns, veggies, lean pork slices and thick egg noodles! Think it was a quality dark soy sauce that did the trick. The whole thing was in harmony and the crispy fried shallots added extra fragrance and crunch.
I love the fact the they serve their noodles in a porcelain bowl with the old-school cockerel imprint. Does having this enhance your noodle experience somehow?
Ai Prawn Noodles
Sixth Cafelink (Across the road from Cold Storage @ Guthrie House)
Off Anamalai and Sixth Avenue
Opens: 8am to 8pm
Chew On This: Interestingly (and shockingly), this kopitiam does not have a drink stall! But don't panic, the neighbouring kopitiam does and the uncle will come by your table.