The Place I love prawn mee. Previously located in Golden Mile Food Centre, One Prawn & Co has relocated to a corner coffeeshop in MacPherson. The new space of the specialty prawn noodles stall has a seating capacity of 60, and is helmed by Chef Gwyneth Ang who has more than 10 years of culinary experience from previous stints like Burnt Ends, Tong Le Private Dining and Forlino.
The layout of the coffeeshop is good in the sense that the tables are not too close to one another.
The Food There are various prawn noodle combinations to choose from, where the prawn broth is prepared over 20 hours each day from prawn heads and pork bones. If you stand right behind the counter, you will be able to see the big wok where the broth is being prepared!
I had the Five Fortune Combo Prawns Claypot (S$30) which has ingredients like pork ribs, clams, tobiko prawn balls, pork shabu slices and jumbo prawns.
One noteworthy mention is that regardless of soup or dry version, the prawn broth is served separately as chef wants to keep the taste as pure as possible without other elements like the clams and pork ribs. I think it is a good way of presentation, as I like to enjoy am the broth as is.
I typically go for the broth first, where the taste is very rich, and quite different from the usual prawn noodle soup. The broth texture is thick, slightly creamy, yet not too cloying.
On to the noodles, expect a delicious and luscious soup broth with the various seafood and pork ingredients. Very fresh jumbo prawns where the meat peels off easily, and tender pork ribs here served with their homemade sambal chilli sauce which is quite a kick.
There is also copious homemade pork lard served with the noodles, where the big cubes of sinful lard are crunchy. Shiok!
I also had the Tobiko Prawn Ball & Jumbo Prawns (S$22) with dry noodles, where the noodles itself has a tinge of spiciness.
The menu also allows you to customise your noodles where you can choose the various add-ons such as Shabu Shabu Sliced Pork (S$4) and Tobiko Prawn Balls (S$4).
Other than prawn noodles, it also serves Ngoh Hiang where you can go for the Tasting Platter (S$8.50 for 1-2 pax) where you get the likes of Classic Pork Ngoh Hiang, Crispy Prawn Cracker, Seafood Roll, Homemade Fishcake, Sotong Youtiao and Fried Beancurd.
Save some space for the Ngoh Hiang, as I like the Sotong Youtiao and the Pork Ngoh Hiang. The accompanying sweet sauce is quite good too.
Rants While the prices for some of the prawn noodle options can go up to S$30, the portion is generous enough for 2 pax if you are not too hungry. Otherwise, customise your own noodles for a more wallet friendly option.
Will I Return Again? If you love prawn noodles, I will recommend One Prawn & Co for its rich prawn broth. Note that parking can be a challenge along Macpherson Road as lots are limited, and you may have better parking luck along Jalan Anggerek.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
One Prawn & Co
458 Macpherson Road
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Closed on Mondays
Ranted by The Ranter