The Place Located in Joo Chiat Road, Da Dong Prawn Noodles is one of the most popular prawn mee stalls in Singapore, and arguably one of the best around. It is located in a small coffeeshop within close proximity to another popular prata stall in the east, Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata. Da Dong is currently run by the second generation, and dishes out as early as 7.30am.
The Food The prawn noodles start from S$8 for regular portion for either the Prawn Noodles or Pork Rib Prawn Noodles, moving on to the most expensive on the menu which is the Big Prawn Noodles (S$13 or S$15).
I went for the dry Prawn Noodles (S$8) and Pork Rib Prawn Noodles (S$8) soup, as it is always good to draw a comparison between the dry and soup versions.
My first taste is always the soup, and this soup is packed with so much umami, I like it. As expected, no soup refills are entertained as I can imagine the painstaking efforts to prepare the luscious broth.
The pork ribs is tender and flavourful, while the prawn is fresh! My recommendation is to go for the dry version, as the noodles are tossed in a mix of sauces including bits of chilli sauce (which I didn’t ask for it), delicious. And of course, I get to enjoy the soup separately which feels to me like double joy.
The soup version, on the other hand, lacks surprise in terms of the overall flavour as compared to the dry version. It is still comforting, just relatively less satisfying.
Will I Return Again? It took me quite long to finally try Da Dong, and no regrets at all. The dry prawn noodles is a clear winner for me.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Da Dong Prawn Noodles
354 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: +65 9817 1663
Monday to Saturday: 7:30am to 2pm
Sunday: 7:30am to 1pm
Closed on Tuesday
Ranted by The Ranter