Thanks to Mayflower Market and Food Centre reopening after renovation on 30 Apr 2023, Ang Mo Kio folks are no doubt rejoicing. 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle hides in this quaint little hawker centre, serving some comforting prawn mee along with some feels from their heartwarming backstory.
With roughly 40 stalls, Mayflower Market and Food Centre is one of the smaller hawker centres in Singapore. This hawker centre is an especially fantastic place to get some grub, considering the multiple hidden gems within. It helps that Mayflower Food Centre is a short walk from Mayflower MRT.
3 Sisters Prawn Noodle has incredibly unique signage, almost illuminating the whole row of stalls. The stall is obviously run by 3 sisters, with a heartwarming story behind its operation. Their father had run his own prawn noodle stall 4 decades ago. After he passed 15 years ago, the 3 sisters wanted to carry on their beloved father’s legacy.
Having learnt the original family recipe from their mother, this trio of sisters now use it in the 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle stall we see today. The whole story is truly a touching one, bathing their stall in a whole new sentimental light.
What I tried at 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle
Obviously, I had to try the classic Prawn Noodle Soup (S$4), which did have a slight price spike from the S$3.50 a year ago (according to online reviews). Despite that, I felt that it was a rather decent portion.
There is a saying that prawn noodles’ essence is in the soup, which I wholeheartedly stand for. I could already smell the strong aroma of prawns wafting from my bowl as I walked to my table, tray in hand.
Each sip gave a full-bodied prawn flavour that hit incredibly hard. However, the flavourful broth’s flavour falls flat on the ending note, tasting slightly bland at the end. This made the soup’s taste seem two dimensional.
I adored how the pork slices and fishcake soaked up that impactful broth, giving the usually neutral ingredients more substance. Though they are not the key ingredients of prawn noodles, they can absolutely give the dish a bigger ‘oomph’ factor, which 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle definitely did.
Of course, the prawns had to be of quality. I loved that the prawns did not have a fishy taste and any of that prawn brain texture, which I encounter too often when eating this particular Singapore favourite. On the other hand, I would have loved it even more if the prawns had not been halved.
I am all for textural contrast, and thus opted for a common combination of yellow noodles and kway teow. Surprisingly, the kway teow was not overly soft, but gave a nice springiness in each slurp. Together, both noodle types went incredibly well, matching each other in terms of firmness.
Making for a comforting breakfast, this prawn noodle warmed me up both inside and out. Maybe it was not the best I’ve ever had but 3 Sisters Prawn Noodle definitely stood out among my top few spots. Be sure to try the dry prawn noodles for their homemade dry chilli!
The hawker centre was not too crowded on an average weekday morning. Mayflower Market and Food Centre had mostly elderly clientele, here to chit chat with their old friends.
Personally, I enjoyed the peaceful ambience this hawker centre gave, as I enjoyed a delightful breakfast in the quiet bustle. It definitely is a welcomed change from all the hustle of Singapore.
Expected damage: S$4 – S$6 per pax
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