Despite being tucked away quite literally in a tiny, inconspicuous corner of Amoy Street Food Centre, multiple Michelin Bib Gourmand winner A Noodle Story is very much unmissable thanks to snaking queues often seen thronging its stall front. Helmed by long time buddies Gwern Khoo and Ben Tham who spent another lifetime toiling away in the kitchens of high end restaurants (including Iggy’s, Waku Ghin, St Pierre and Jaan par Andre), A Noodle Story strives to win hearts and tummies with its 'Singapore-style' ramen, one bowl at a time.

Everything is choreographed with utmost precision and love, from the cooking process to presentation of the dish. Bear witness to a ridiculously attractive culinary creation : braised chashu slices and bulging dumpling pieces heaped upon delicately thin noodles tossed in a specially concocted sauce of sambal and dried shrimps, complete with onsen egg and an adorable looking crispy potato-wrapped prawn ushered onto a wooden ladle.

This is the medium portion, which goes for $11. The small and special portions cost $8 and $15 respectively.

Sampling and thoughts:

As far as the noodles are concerned, we were inclined to believe that the slender mee kia variation was used instead of traditionally thicker Japanese ramen strands - possibly in the name of putting a local spin on things. Regardless, they packed both spring and zest as a consequence of efficient blanching, minus the pronounced alkaline aftertaste which typically lingers in the recesses of one's oral cavity after consumption. While the Hong Kong-style wontons were a succulent affair of peppered meat and prawns encased in silky dough wrappers, it certainly wouldn't hurt to be slightly more generous with the quantity served (we counted merely three babies inside our medium bowl).

Don't them wontons look fat and juicy?

The glistening chashu were already a gorgeous sight to behold, yet they tasted even better. An overnight marinade of the pork belly meat has resulted in a thorough permeation of savory flavors; texture-wise the lean bits contrasted ever so delightfully to sections marbled with fat, thus yielding that heavenly melt-in-your-mouth sensation.

Thumbs up also for the onsen egg done to perfection - a yolk of semi-runny goodness lay well concealed beyond the chewy whites. On the contrary the potato-wrapped prawn was a novelty that didn't quite work out in our opinion, as the starchy coating largely overwhelmed what seemed like a single sliver of seafood embedded within. This unfortunate blip aside, A Noodle Story is definitely one gastronomic gem deserving of support for authoring its own boldly original, yummy narrative.

Without a doubt the potato-wrapped prawn is pretty on the outside, but rather unexceptional when actually eaten.

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with stall before visiting or ordering.


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Score: 8.6/10

Location

Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road,
#01-39
Singapore 069111