On hindsight, I would venture that the main draw of Hoe Nam would be the slightly peppery prawn and rib based soup which was good, but decidedly not something that registered as the most satisfactory experience for me. No discredit to the folks that have been running this place for ever here. It simply wasn't mind blowing in the department of flavor. Nor were the noodle definitive in any manner that made them truly outstanding since it was mostly flavored by the chilli and fried shallots. And have I mentioned that the abalone clams tastes like where it came from? Canned?
I could see how having pork intestines would be a very attractive option (for me) since these don't seem to the the regular choice of add on for noodles. The permutations of what one could desire on their noodles based on the available choices is quite staggering in fact. From my option of clam, rib and intestines, the last was enjoyable and the pork ribs were rather decent if no exceptional. In fact, they were meatier than Ah Hui's ribs, of which the latter store still felt to be a more satisfactory option for a prawn and rib noodle with all things considered. Even though I had deliberately not opted for prawns in a prawn noodle place this time.
What I thought was rather good were the plain old fried fish cakes that were sold on the side. These and the intestines could just be what that could make me consider a re-visit. If I could ever convince myself to face the mad crowd again.