Kovan Food Centre: Yi Shi Jia Wanton Mee, Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle

What to eat at kovan food centre

My favorite nasi padang stall at the Kovan food centre is usually closed on Wednesdays, so when we visited the market + food centre yesterday, I had the noodles from the Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle stall. Meanwhile, my darling was clutching his food bible a.k.a. Dr Leslie Tay’s ‘The Ieat-Ishoot-Ipost Guide to Singapore’s Shiokest Hawker Food’ guide, which I’d purchased for S$2 at Epigram’s recent book sale. Here’s how our conversation went:

Me: (tucking into prawn noodles) “Eh, go order your food lah.”

Him: “I don’t know what to eat” (refers to guide)

Me: (as we’re seated in front of a wanton mee stall with a long Q) “Get this wanton mee lah. See? So many aunties and uncles queuing for this. Sure good!”

Him: “Long queue doesn’t mean the food is good, ok?” (Fervently flipping through the pages of the food guide)

Me: (thinking: Whatever)

Him: “Oh. Kovan… yes. (finger on page) Ok. I’ll go look for this Yi Shi Jia Wanton Mee.”

Me: (major eyerolling) “Eh hello. It’s this stall right next to us…”

Long story short, we’re both right. He should have just listened to me when I told him to queue for the wanton noodles, instead of looking through the guide when common sense could have told you that there’s this long queue in front of the stall because obviously lots of people like the noodles. And he’s also right because I did not like the wanton noodles, even though so many other people did. LOL 😀

Yi Shi Jia Wanton Mee

Firstly, I found the char siew a bit too bright red in color; I’m more used to char siew that looks like a duller red with charred edges. Secondly, the noodle strands seem to be sticking together in lumps. Ok I’m so bad at describing them but suffice to say, not my favorite kind of noodle. I prefer the wanton mee at the Tampines round market.

I’ve tried the Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle before, so I can tell you it’s just as good as when I had it the last time. 😀 Because I’d noticed one guy ordering his noodles previously and asking for a large bowl of soup, I’ve been doing the same ever since. ‘Cos the soup’s so yummy! 😀

Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle Kovan

If I have to decide between spending $4 on prawn noodles or $4 on wanton mee, the choice is clear. I’m picking prawn noodles. But you should go ahead and try them both. Perhaps you’ll agree with the uncles and aunties in the wanton mee queue. 😀

And as usual, it’s the soy milk with pearls for me, from the Selegie soya bean stall.

Kovan Food Centre Selegie Soya

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I’m not someone who relies on food guides; I actually bought them to give out to friends who visit Singapore. I’m always ordering from the same stalls. I even get the exact same drink every single time. Are you like that too? 😀 I like to think that it’s super easy to tabao food for me, ‘cos I have very specific food preferences. (You don’t even have to ask what I’d like to have!) Yes, I’d rather miss out on (new) potentially awesome food finds than risk ordering something I end up not liking.

So with the Kovan food centre, it’s either nasi padang or prawn noodles. Preferably both. ‘Cos the tasty soup complements that spicy sambal. 😀 😀

Takagi Ramen Takeaway: Just As Impressive As Dining In

takagi ramen review

Knowing that I like the ramen from Takagi Ramen, he bought me this for dinner. 😀 I’ve only ever dined in at TRS so it was quite a surprise to see how they’d packed the ramen for takeaway orders. Even more impressive was how the soup was still warm even though some 40/45 minutes had passed since the order was placed at 5.05pm and we tucked in only at about 5.50pm! 😀

takagi ramen takeaway

Remove the paper-based container (I’m not sure if it can be called a ‘bowl’. It actually looks like those tubs you find ice cream in) from the carrier, and lift the lid. You’ll see lots of bean sprouts (*much love*) then remove the paper that all the ramen ingredients sit on, and you’ll find the soup below. I love how the noodles are separated from the broth so they don’t get soggy and you’ll also always be able to enjoy the thick stock without having it all get absorbed by the noodles by the time you get home / when the food’s delivered to you.

This is the Chashu-men ($8.50) – it had so much chashu I had to place them on the lid so I could get to the noodles! 😀

takagi ramen ang mo kio review

Let the noodles sit in the broth for a bit, give them a good stir and then slurp them up! 😀

takagi ramen

The best part is that after enjoying the ramen and drinking a considerable amount of soup, you won’t feel thirsty. I’m guessing there is little or no MSG at all.

Takagi Ramen should absolutely have a branch in Punggol! I’m sure the queue would be so long, it’d reach Sengkang! 😀

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Takagi Ramen is located at 51 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #01-01C.

Uma Uma Ramen @ Forum The Shopping Mall

Uma Uma Ramen review

I don’t think I’ve ever set foot in Forum the Shopping Mall before. And I wonder why. It’s like an oasis of calm amidst the madness that is Orchard Road. Why we have to spend $1.3mil to rejuvenate Orchard, I have no idea. Just have better decor for all the major celebrations, and bring in newer brands (I’m already sick of malls having all the same brands such as H&M, Uniqlo, etc). As it is, Orchard Road is very busy, prompting my friend to ask yesterday, as we were on our way to Shaw for a preview screening of ‘Book Club’, why there are so many people who don’t have to work. 😀 I’m sure lots of them are tourists anyway. Also, I didn’t realise there’s a ‘Jamie’s Italian’ restaurant at Forum! It’s on the same level as Uma Uma Ramen too.

Here’s what I found on the web: “Uma Uma is proud to be 100% MSG-free! Established in 1953 in Fukuoka, Japan, Uma Uma serves delicious ramen, made according to a family recipe, with a robust and aromatic tonkotsu stock.”

Also, there was 50% discount when we dined at Uma Uma Ramen with our Eatigo reservation. In the picture you see above, the Uma Uma Ramen cost just $8++ with the discount. And right below is the Bushi Tonkotsu, which was $8.50++.

Uma Uma Ramen promotion

I like that they don’t use MSG in their ramen. In terms of quality, though, I have to say that it pales in comparison with what I’ve eaten in Japan. Not sure if the chef here is Japanese. The char siew is rather tough, the egg looks sad, and the noodle portion’s a little small. And I’m also embarrassed to be complaining when we’ve enjoyed 50% discount. 😛

Anyhow, I ordered the Mentaiko Tamago ($3.50++) as I knew it would be good just from looking at the description of the dish. It’s served with Japanese mayo, the not-so-secret ingredient that makes everything yummy. <- I have two squeeze bottles of the mayo at home.

Uma Uma Ramen forum the shopping mall

Hot green tea costs just 50cents a cup. They even served us an entire flask of tea, which was great since we could help ourselves to a refill. 😀

uma uma ramen tea

Service was excellent. The young lady even asked us if we’d enjoyed the meal when we were making payment. Of course I said we did. What else could I have told her? (@_@) Gosh… I miss the ramen in Japan.

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Uma Uma Ramen is located at #01-41/42/43 of Forum The Shopping Mall. Yes, there’s GST and service charge, but with 50% off via Eatigo, I think it’s still worth a visit.

Uma Uma Ramen