If you’re a first timer at 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles, don’t be mislead by the seeming lack of customers just because there isn’t a queue. There are customers alright, many of them, each waiting nearby, for their bowl of prawn noodles to be prepared. A rough guess-timation of the waiting time can be done by looking at how high they’ve got their bowls stacked. Yep, how high the bowls are stacked! When you place an order, a clothes peg with your table number will be clipped onto your bowl, and stacked along with the other orders in line. And chances are, your bowl will just end up being part of the uno-stacko, so be prepared to wait!
The question is, is the wait worth it? How long are you willing to wait for a bowl of prawn noodles? To be honest, the prawn noodles from 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles aren’t about bold flavours and large succulent prawns. None of that! It’s about simplicity. All you get is a bowl of noodles with sliced prawns and pork, topped with fried shallots and pork lard. But this is why i enjoy this particular bowl of prawn noodle so much. It is comfort food to me. It is something i’d imagine eating from the hawkers that once roamed the streets. Even the soup isn’t about bold flavours. But it isn’t bland mind you! You can definitely taste the prawns in the soup.
If you do have the time, i think it’s definitely worth the wait. Sometimes, it’s the simple things that matter(:
Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-39 Whampoa Drive Makan Place Block 91
Opening Hours: 5:30am to 1pm, closed on Sun
Prices: Prawn Noodle – $3