Huge prawns and tender pork ribs at Da Dong Prawn Noodles

I gotta admit, I’m a fussy eater when it comes to prawns, as I avoid the frozen ones. The dry and tough meat of lacklustre prawns always seems to turn me away from many prawn noodle stalls. Of course, there are other elements to the dish, such as the springiness of the noodles and the flavour of the broth. After savouring the food there, I’m glad to say that Da Dong Prawn Noodles ticks off most of my boxes for a solid bowl of prawn mee. 

This humble stall is helmed by a young hawkerpreneur, 31-year-old Watson Lim. Along with a few other young men, he consistently dishes out steaming bowls of prawn noodles for the hungry masses from 7:30 in the morning.

Founded in 1966 by Watson’s father, Mr Lim Kim Khoon, Da Dong Prawn Noodles has been around for quite a while. In a bid to uphold his father’s legacy, Watson took over the business in 2018, instead of a corporate position. It has paid off, with many of his father’s regular customers commenting that Watson’s food is just as comforting. 

Many have raved about Da Dong’s tasty prawn broth, which Watson begins preparing as early as four in the morning! Watson does not entertain refills of the broth, and it’s a highly prized asset for customers to savour until the last drop.

Food at Da Dong Prawn Noodles

Since this was my first meal of the day, I was craving for a hearty breakfast. Their Big Prawn Noodles ($15) sounded like a good idea for my rumbling stomach, and I confidently requested for their large soup variation.

The hefty price of $15 for a bowl of prawn noodles will definitely draw

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