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Noodles in huge portions with plenty of ingredients

Xin Hua Lou’s Putian lor mee comes with mushroom, prawns, clams, bits of pork and tau pok as well as a generous sprinkle of peanuts.
Xin Hua Lou’s Putian lor mee comes with mushroom, prawns, clams, bits of pork and tau pok as well as a generous sprinkle of peanuts.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK

The Putien restaurant chain is my default dining destination when I am craving its delicious Putien lor mee filled with pork belly, prawns and clams in a flavourful thick soup. The dish is very different, of course, from the local version of lor mee with a dark starchy gravy and yellow noodles.

Over the past few months, I have noticed stalls in foodcourts selling Heng Hwa or Putian fare from China's Fujian province, similar to what one may get at Putien restaurants. It turns out that many of those in foodcourts are under the Xing Hua Lou brand, which runs a casual restaurant in Kovan's Heartland Mall.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 30, 2018, with the headline 'Noodles in huge portions with plenty of ingredients'. Print Edition | Subscribe