Hua Kee Wanton Mee – Vs Cho Kee, Who’s Better?
Old Airport Road Hawker Centre is known for two competing Wanton Mee, both facing the road side. Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee 华记后港祖传驰名云吞面 is the one without the electronic queue display.
Years back during the Yummy King programme voting for the favourite Wanton Mee, neighbouring Cho Kee won the taxi drivers’ hearts, but it was this Hua Kee who earned the viewers votes to be Number One in Singapore.
I ordered a bowl each from each stall, for a side by side comparison. Hua Kee’s version was firm chewy noodles topped with irregularly-sliced char siew lined with a fine proportion meat and fats, and medium-sized pork wantons.
What really gave it its edge and extra bite was its fried shallot, chilli sauce filled with seeds and oily crunchy pork lard. The bowl was almost swimming in chill oil and flavoursome sauce, such that each noodle thread was well-covered with the robust taste. Definitely not for the health-conscious.
This family-run business which started in Paya Lebar in the 1940 has a strong following, and even its very strong competition has not knocked it down.
Hua Kee Wanton Mee, Blk 51 Old Airport Road #01-113B Old Airport Road Food Centre
Opening hours 12pm – 12am (Closed on Mon)
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