Something old, something new…

We’re always game for new food adventures so the hubs and I were very excited when @audreycherish whispered that the owner of Da Dong Prawn Noodles was making a one-day only comeback at Bian’s Cafe at Kandahar Street last Sunday.    Little did we know that revisiting this old favourite would also lead to the discovery of an unassuming little gem that looks set to change the face and pace of the foodie activity along this strip.

First things first – for those who may not be familiar with Singapore’s prawn noodle history, Da Dong Prawn Noodles started out with a pushcart at Hokkien Street and then moved on to an equally popular stall at Starlight Road.  Their most recent move saw the owners moving to a larger unit at 180 Joo Chiat Road before they decided to call it a day.  So yes, the flavour of the rich Da Dong prawn noodle stock remains etched in the taste memories of many Singaporeans.

Da Dong Prawn Noodles’ biggest fan

So, it was no surprise that we ran into hubs’ colleague, the effervescent Linda, who’s been a fan since she was 12!  From what we gathered, most of the patrons at the pop-up stall were Da Dong’s die hard fans, who brought their families and friends for that simple dish of  flat yellow noodles and  rice vermicelli drenched in a rich, flavoursome prawn stock, finished with a generous serving of lard for flavour!  At $6 a bowl for the most basic mixture of noodles, it did seem a little tough on the wallet, but hey, who knows when we’ll be able to savour this treat next!

Post our satisfying noodle-tastic lunch, Ed suggested that we take a walk down to 20, Kandahar Street, home to  Japanese-inspired coffee bar Maison Ikkoku.  Very much like the other indie coffee places that have begun springing up in Singapore’s hipster districts (read: Tiong Bahru, Tanjong Pagar and now Kampong Glam) Maison Ikkoku features “artisanal premium coffee”.  However, for that added taste of Japanese perfection and attention to detail, Maison Ikkoku boasts baristas trained by Japanese celebrity barista and latte art extremist, Hiroshi Sawada.

 

 To be honest, while they serve up a mean coffee – we were more enthused by their nibbles and sweet treats (yes, we just had lunch…) Ed was unable to resist the Hawaiian classic, Spam sushi…

 

Auds and I went for more conventional desserts – a homebaked passionfruit and a peanut butter cupcake each.   They were everything a cupcake should be and more!  The cakes were moist and not too sweet and the icing was a real treat – full of flavour and not just sickeningly sugary – that definitely hit the spot!

 

And that’s not all, one of the partners filled us in on the full plans for the 4,000 square foot shophouse that are set to come to life by the end of the year – a multi-label (mostly Japanese brands – sorry Ed and other well-built boys!) men’s boutique on the second floor… and wait for it… a cocktail bar cum dining area (complete with open concept kitchen for dinner parties) on the top floor.  I’m excited!

– delicious

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