The stallholder is a stroppy so and so, chiding me for being imprecise with my order. Prawn mee, I say, because the stall also sells lor mee. I then follow up by asking for bee hoon or rice noodles.
"So do you want prawn mee or prawn beehoon?" comes the rejoinder.
I am peeved by the rudeness until I have a taste.
The prawn noodles ($4 and $5) are good enough that I would go back. Although the soup is more sugary than I would like, it is also robust and very satisfying. The scoop of chilli sambal deepens the flavour without adding much heat.
A generous helping of pork slices, three prawns and a heap of aromatic fried shallots come with the $5 bowl.
Although the queue is long, it clears quickly mainly because Mr Gruff moves like lightning. Customers are expected to order at warp speed too.
Where: Penang Delights, 01-08, Block 711 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, S11 Food Court MRT: Ang Mo Kio Open: 11am - 10pm, or until the stall sells out. There are no set rest days, but the stall is closed once a month. The next closure is on Thu.
This article was first published on March 6 2015.
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