The Place After opening Chef Kang’s Noodle House, the Michelin Star Chef Kang is back in Toa Payoh with his latest venture, Chef Kang Prawn Noodle House. Located beneath a HDB block in Toa Payoh Lorong 4, there was a short queue when I checked out the casual eatery on a weekend morning. The interior is basic, with air-conditioning which makes the dining more comfortable.
Ordering is fuss-free as you make your order at the counter, pay and then grab a table.
The Food It was easy to decide what to order here as there are only two options, each priced at S$10 – King Prawn Noodle Soup with Prawn Paste Spare Ribs and the Hot Stone Prawn Paste Spare Ribs Rice. The most unique offering for me here is the serving of prawn paste space ribs, a deviation from prawn paste chicken which we are all so familiar with. Although the prawn paste element felt lacking for the spare ribs we had, the crunchy crust and juicy meats made up for the shortfall.
The Hot Stone Prawn Paste Spare Ribs Rice is topped with copious cubes of fried pork lard, and it is tasty when mixed with the rice. It comes with additional dark soy sauce and fish oil if you prefer your rice to be more salty – which Rantee prefers. Satisfying rice bowl, with the slightly charred rice.
For the namesake dish, I moderated my expectations after reading some reviews of the King Prawn Noodle Soup with Prawn Paste Spare Ribs. True enough, the broth leans towards the light spectrum, and it does not have that intense prawn broth flavour which I prefer.
Once again, it is the crispy prawn paste space ribs which stole the thunder from the prawn noodles. This is similar to my previous review of Chef Kang Wanton Mee where I thought the char siew is more outstanding than the noodles.
Rants The diner next to me lamented that the air-conditioned blows directly downwards for the window seats, which cools the food rapidly. Fair complain.
Will I Return Again? For novelty, this is worth a try if you are around Toa Payoh. Otherwise, head elsewhere if you are a serious prawn noodles connoisseur.
Taste bud: 3/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3/5
Chef Kang Prawn Noodle House
Blk 85 Toa Payoh Lorong 4
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 2pm
Closed on Monday
Ranted by The Ranter