Well, news on social media spreads fast, and fans of Yan Kee (炎记) Noodle House’s Bak Chor Mee and Dry Mee Sua would have known they have opened a shop right opposite their previous location.
Long story short: Yan Kee used to be at BK Eating House at the junction of South Bridge Road and Circular Road for about 10 years, popular among office workers and clubbers nearby.
Word has it that they have been “forced to move out” by their previous landlord.
The only thing is, there is another stall at BK Eating House now selling the same dish with the same stall name, similar logo, uniform, and almost everything else.
Unsuspecting customers would have thought they were the same stall anyway.
I asked a friend who tried both places, and he commented “I can’t tell the difference, but then again, I am not a foodie.”
Some got really angry about the ethics of it all, but this post is not about the right or wrong of things because we do not have the complete facts.
When the current Yan Kee staff was questioned, they weren’t direct with their replies, and just mentioned ”We used to be from opposite but no choice have to move out.”
Of course, throughout the ‘food history’ in Singapore, such competing stories are not uncommon – we can even possibly compile a listicle of it all.
You know at the end of the day, the average customer just cares about – which one tastes better?
The NEW Yan Kee Noodle House is located on 9 Circular Road, diagonally opposite its old place.
The good news: Prices remain affordable at $4.00 per bowl, plus AIR CON.
It continues to be opened 24 hours a day (except for Sundays) making it a suitable place for early breakfast before work, or after drinks supper.
The specialty is the Dry Mee Sua ($4.00), of thin wheat vermicelli. The usual Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles ($4.00 for dry/soup) and Handmade Fishball Noodles ($4.00 for dry/soup) are also offered.
What makes this special is that the Mee Sua was thin with a good bite, and not ‘floury’ or soggy as some of those found outside.
There was also that obvious addition of vinegar, though it doesn’t overpower the entire dish.
I hadn’t had this dish for a couple of years actually (used to work nearby, so was a regular lunch favourite), but I did remember that the sauce combination was more pleasurable and balanced.
Without saying, I think fans of the Yan Kee will start surging towards this new shop; though I think the BK Eating House branch would still attract customers because “it is always good to have variety” and not everyone reads everything on Facebook.
Yan Kee Noodle House
9 Circular Road Singapore 049365
Opening Hours: 24 Hours (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun
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