Popular prawn noodle stall Wah Kee Prawn Noodles from Pek Kio Food Centre which expanded to its 2nd branch at The Esplanade with some media fanfare, has done an unexpected.
Its 3rd outlet has opened, found in a kopitiam stall at Block 1 Beach Road, back to more humble roots.
The coffeeshop is near the Army Market, right opposite Golden Mile Complex.
Wah Kee has priced its their basic Prawn Noodles at $5 (available in dry or soup versions), the same as the hawker stall at Pek Kio.
There are many fans of the signature Wah Kee Prawn Noodle With Large Sized Prawn (Dry/Soup), which is priced at $10, $20 or $30.
The other side dishes offered include Kang Kong ($6, $8, $10), Kailan ($6, $8, $10), LaLa Soup ($8, $15), Ngoh Hiang ($8, $12, $12).
As a matter of observation, their menu listed the pricing with the most expensive first, not quite typical of what most hawker stalls would do. My guess is psychologically, customers would be more inclined to order the pricier versions.
Good news is there will be no GST or service charge.
If I were to recommend, get the mee kia.
The noodles are specially made for Wah Kee and all base sauces such as the sambal chilli sauce and special spicy sauce are made in-house daily, using Wah Kee’s 65-year recipe.
The noodles at The Esplanade seemed to taste better – less clumped together, better proportion of the seasoning.
For their 3rd outlet, the key feature will be a Wu Xiang Platter ($8, $12, $16) which will feature a medley of mainstays.
My favourite item was the “guan chang” in which the meat used was mixed with wild caught sea prawns, also giving the pinkish sausage a softer texture.
I liked that the pieces were crisp and didn’t taste too oily as well.
The main drawback was its mildy sour sauce, which could work better by being spicier or with a mix of sweet flour sauce.
The opening of Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles did draw some curious stares and questions from the ah-gong ah-ma in the vicinity. They were more or less shocked when they saw a $30 prawn noodles, throwing out even more questions in Hokkien or Cantonese “Why so expensive?”
The $5 bowl was good enough for me, as the noodles, seasoning and soup were what I was after.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
Blk 1 Beach Rd #01-4757 Singapore 190001
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
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