My Favoruite Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles on 2Apr2015

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

a friend had to go for big prawn noodles today. not sure where the sudden cravings came from. we were at first planning to go to why eat har, a very good new big prawn noodle house started by a mutual friend’s brother. but was told that he was away & the stall was closed today.

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

wah kee big prawn noodles

anyhow, we decided to go to wah kee big prawn noodles at pek kio food centre at cambridge road. i was there at 11.30am today, a thursday, 2.4.2015 (wah kee is closed on mondays).

this has always been my favourite big prawn noodles stall though i had not been here many years.

i queued for 30mins+ & we waited another 5 mins for noodles to be ready. the “famous” lady serving told us that the prawns today were too big for S$10, and she had to charge S$15. we decided to take her suggestion to order 2 bowls S$5 & 2 bowls S$15 for 4 of us.

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

2x$5 & 2x$15 prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

S$15 big prawn noodles

wah kee has always served the large prawns in a separate metal pot. looked impressive but more important of course was how good it tasted.

the prawns for S$15 were huge, probably >100g each, fresh and excellent. in my memory which was really quite many years back the S$10 prawns were also very big. anyway, it was quite ok just to try. i am not sure though i would want to pay S$15 for this if i come again.

wah kee big prawn noodles dry

wah kee big prawn noodles dry

S$5 prawn noodles

S$5 prawn noodles

we asked for additional haebeehiam chilli. i added a bit to the noodles. the noodles & chilli mix was excellent, though the lady totally forgotten i ordered beehoon mee & we got 4 bowls of just mee instead.

for me, though why eat har’s chilli was also very good, wah kee’s haebeehiam chilli was really superb. we suspected that haebeehiam chilli was added which gave the large prawn soup (usual S$10 or today’s S$15) a lot more intense flavours than the S$5 soup.

the total dining experience (& by that i meant only the food visuals, flavours, texture, excluding ambience & service) was excellent, indeed the soup & large prawns are something i can think & crave for.

if i compare just the S$5 prawn noodles for wah kee, why eat har & ah hui, wah kee’s chilli was better, soup thereabout or better, so wah kee would still be tops. wah kee & ah hui had 2 prawns, whereas why eat har had 3, and ah hui’s prawns were smaller than wah kee’s. so if i want the big prawns, it’s wah kee, if i want the S$5 prawns, it’s wah kee or if want want more value than why eat har, and if i want pig’s tail together with prawns, then ah hui.

but all 3 are good for repeat visits.^^

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Wanton Noodles @ Balestier Food Centre on 17Mar2015

waton mee

waton mee

sis & i had a great S$5 prawn noodles dry & prawn+pigtail noodls soup at ah hui @ balestier food centre on 17.3.2015.^^

my bil opted for a S$4 wanton noodles.

i was very impressed with the good serving of char siew which looked delicious & tempting, so i tried a piece. it was very good, tender & tasty.^^

waton mee - soup

waton mee – soup

waton mee

waton mee

according to my bil, the noodles were good too, qq & with very good chilli mix. wanton were smooth.

6th avenue wanton noodles at good good eating house is my recent favourite but this looked really good & i will be back to try it myself.

kok kee wanton noodles (formerly at lavendar food square) was the best i had tried bit not sure where it has moved to? apparently to a coffee shop is on the ground floor of nearby hoa nam building, but still to check out.

c.h.e.f andy

Very Good Prawn Noodles @ Ah Hui Balestier Food Centre on 17Mar2015

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

went with my sis & bil to balestier food centre today on 17.3.2015.

ah hui big prawn noodles @balestier FC

ah hui big prawn noodles @balestier FC

sis & i decided to have the prawn noodles at ah hui 阿辉 big prawn noodles. the stall was previously located at long house, the popular 14yr eatery at upper thomson road.

we were early at 11am so there was no queue.

recently, my close friend’s brother started an excellent big prawn noodle stall “Why Eat Har” at thye hwa heng canteen, blk 29 eunos avenue 6.  this triggers my interest to try out a few prawn noodle stalls. 🙂

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

to compare apple with apple, i bought the S$5 dry thick beehoon noodles. ^^

my first reaction was that the chilli was not as good as that at “Why Eat Har”, which was spicier, more tasty & gave a better kick – maybe more haebeehiam?? not sure. i tossed the noodles a bit more and the taste improved. this amount of noodles was just nice & much less than that at “Why Eat Har” as observed previously.

$5 prawn noodles dry

$5 prawn noodles dry

prawns were fresh & nice. there were 6 half-prawns (3 prawns) for S$5 dry c/w with 4 half-prawns (2 prawns) at “Why Eat Har”, but the size of prawns were substantially smaller.  in terms of value, the 2 much large prawns at “Why Eat Har” was greater value.^^

the soup was very tasty & intense!

my first reaction was that this soup just pipped the one at “Why Eat Har” which was also very good. “Why Eat Har” is just 2 week old, so have to go back there & try again. will probably try the big prawns for comparison.

$5 prawn+pig tail noodles

$5 prawn+pig tail noodles

my sis had the $5 prawn+pig’s tail noodles. this had 3 half-prawns + 3 pieces of pigs tail. this option was not available at “Why Eat Har”. for those who want pigs tail, this seemed like a very good option.

the soup for the soup version was not as intense as the dry version, due to the noodles. i like both versions but for the purpose of trying out the chilli & more intense soup, i almost had dry version exclusively when i had big prawn noodles at wah kee at pek kio food centre, cambridge road previously. did not go for a few years now. will try it again soon. ^^

overall the S$5 prawn noodles dry at ah hui and “Why Eat Har” were almost equally good in every respect. personally, i will go for “Why Eat Har” for the larger prawns, but i will be quite happy to go back to ah hui also. if i go with my sis who likes pigs tail, then ah hui provides the additional option. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy