It was one of those evenings when we made an impromptu visit all the way to Ang Mo Kio for a bowl of apparently good lobster bee hoon at Sumo Big Prawn Noodle. We went at 8.30pm on a weekday, and the queue was looooong. There were 20 people ahead of us and at least 15 people behind us, and these were all the number of bowls the stall had left to sell. Took us 20 minutes to get our food. Not too bad.
The 1.5-month-old stall is run by second generation young stall owners, with the main cook and co-owner having helped out at his father's fried Hokkien mee stall for a decade. The wet market supplies the stall's ingredients. It opens six days a week. It's really super hard work. Took four staff and co-owners to sort out cooking and orders during peak hours. I think they used to allow customers to reserve lobsters, but now the queues are lengthy, so they don't do that anymore.
Our one cute Colombian lobster came with two giant prawns and about five or six clams. I skipped the prawns and didn't dare to take more than a few spoonfuls of the soup. Ate the bee hoon. Quite a tiny serving, even by my standards. The soup was legit. Sweet and full of prawn and lobster goodness.
I'm not sure how the bowls taste in the day, but at night, there was little trace of pork-anything. Loads of garlic though. Wheeeeeee. It's by no means your traditional prawn noodle soup. (Think Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee at Zion Road Hawker Center.) Those who love that, might not like Sumo's version. I find those traditional bowls too heavy on the pork. Prawn stock with chicken really cannot make it unless it's done Thai style spicy. Sumo's contemporary version and what we tasted that night turned out lighter yet contained all prawn-seafood sweetness.
Once the table finished the last drop of soup, I took my leave. I didn't have any antihistamine on me and neither did I take any prior to dinner. Raced home in 20 minutes to pop an antihistamine and a charcoal pill. Then curled up in bed in utter resignation. It only took all of 30 minutes for allergies to flare. It took the whole night for the tiny antihistamine pill to do battle. As the insides of stomach cramped up, the skin itched, and lips and eyes swelled, I felt really sorry for myself. Even the ear lobes ballooned. I never learn. 😋😣🙁🙃
Sumo Big Prawn Noodle
Block 628 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4
#01-72 Singapore 560628
Hours: 8.30am to 9.30pm
(Non air-conditioned; at the food center adjacent to the wet market.)