Rating: 3 out of 5
285-297 Lane Cove Road, North Ryde 2113
Laksa and char kway teow may be the most well-know Singaporean-Malaysian noodle dishes, but a stand out option for prawn lovers is always the har mee. It’s not for the faint hearted though, since the prawn stock can pack a punch. It is made from the simmering of prawn heads and shells, sometimes with the addition of pork, and the intense prawn smell and taste will overwhelm your senses.
The har mee at Sambal ($13.80) doesn’t quite hit you between the eyes like others that I’ve had. It still has a lovely sweet, prawn flavour but it is not up there in the intensity scale. This would be a good thing if this was your first ever har mee and you wanted to ease yourself into it, but for seasoned har mee veterens, this might be a tad disappointing. It is a light-coloured broth, filled with the typical mix of yellow hokkien noodle and thin rice vermicelli. It is topped with thinly sliced pork, which is a bit on the dry side, and within the soup you will find a few half slices of prawns, although you’ll be left foraging in your soup for more. Mixed in with the noodles are fresh bean sprouts for some added crunch.
The service here at Sambal is pleasant and efficient, and even when it is jam packed during lunch service, the meals still come out relatively quickly. There is a nice buzz and atmosphere here when it’s busy, and they have an outdoor dining section too, which would be fantastic on a nice sunny day. Overall, it’s a decent Singaporean-Malaysian establishment. The har mee may not be a huge hit with some, but will definitely appeal to others. Just in case you were wondering, the laksa and char kway teow here are worth it.