The Chinese words Tian Tian (meaning “every day” or “daily”) appear in quite a few hawker stalls’ names. Wishful thinking, perhaps, but the words seem to have worked for Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken, Tian Tian Hainanese Curry Rice, and for Tian Tian Lai, which is the Mandarin name for Come Daily Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee.
Considering that I last ate here years ago and only had it again a few days back, I’ve hardly complied with the name’s directive. But my long absence from this stall allows me to say that the way it tastes now doesn’t disappoint me when compared to my vague recollection. I’ll add that this is a famous stall that deserves the attention it gets.
The style here is to cook the noodles slightly wet, which is how I prefer them, as the flavour comes through the gravy as well as the noodles.
One other thing that sets this stall apart from others is the use of bee hoon (rice vermicelli) that is neither chu mi fen (thick rice vermicelli) or the usual thin bee hoon.
Here, the stall uses bee hoon of intermediate thickness, which provides contrast to the sou mien or yellow noodles and also soaks up the gravy better than the yellow noodles. And by the way, the chilli is a perfect fit for the noodles.
I certainly can’t be eating fried prawn noodles daily, but there certainly are enough customers eating there every day that this stall, founded in 1968 is going to be around for a long time yet.
Meal eaten on 10 May 2016 at 8:45am.
Small plate: $4
Come Daily Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh,
#02-27, Toa Payoh West Market & Food Court
Not much of a queue early in the morning, but much longer waits around lunchtime.