There’s something painfully alluring about chilli. It has a knack for setting our tongues on fire, and despite that, we crave that self-imposed torture that some consider…well, pleasurable! unbeknownst to the chilli fruit that thought being spicy could effectively deter hungry mammals, it has instead generated its biggest fan base- humans.
For the chilli fans out there, what better way to scorch your tongues than to eat a bowl of prawn noodles doused in chilli sauce. I think that’s what chilli mee essentially is; dry prawn noodles with extra extra chilli. The chilli sauce is a thick gooey amalgamation of secret spices that generates not a right-smack-in-your-face kind of spiciness, but a slow and creeping one that grabs hold of your tongue before you realise it’s too late!
My father had the soup version of this Singapore classic. Minus the chilli, he certainly breezed through his bowl of prawn noodles without having to finish his mug of sugar cane juice. The dry variation forced me to finish my mug, crunch on the remaining ice, and steal a bit of sugar cane juice from my mother’s mug!
I shed tears and sweat, fortunately less the blood, from eating the chilli mee at Chung Cheng. But overall, i enjoyed it very much. The pork ribs were boiled to a tender soft and slipped off the bones effortlessly, the prawns were crunchy and sweet, and the chilli was too shiok to resist.
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-59 Golden Mile Food Centre
Opening Hours: 8am to 8:30pm, closed on Tue
Prices: Chilli Mee – $3