Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles – A 50-minute queue! 兴记咖喱鸡米粉面
Believe it or not, we only managed to eat here on our 6th (!) attempt! Counterpart of equally famed Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee (check out our review of them here), this stall on the ground floor of Hong Lim Food Centre was either sold out or closed on our visits.
But finally, we managed to find ourselves in the line. We ordered the S$5 serving and waited for a solid 50 minutes in the queue – there were about 25 people in the queue and it moved really slowly, each serving being dished out at a seemingly snail’s pace.
The curry mee comes with the standard fluffy fried beancurd (tau pok), slices of fish cake, potatoes and chunks of white steamed chicken. We went for our usual mix of yellow noodle and bee hoon.
So how did it fare? Unfortunately, it lacked the ‘wow’ factor for us. While the noodle was firm and not too soggy, the curry was darker and diluted as compared to Ah Heng curry mee, was not fiercely hot and came with a tad of sweetness. The coconut flavour was not too distinct as well.
The steamed chicken was bony but at least not tough or too dry, however, we wish the tau pok and fish cake could be of better quality in terms of texture and taste. The potatoes were soft and soaked up a fair bit of the gravy, and it actually tasted sweet. The dipping chili was oily but flavourful, all ingredients were finely ground and mixed. If you are chili lover, do give it a try.
Prefer a tinge of sweetness? Then Heng Kee would be your choice, alongside its stand out chili sauce and soft, tasty potatoes. For a fiercer gravy, you might want to check out its neighbour upstairs for their rendition of the dish.
By the way – we’re on a curry mee kick right now! Look out for our future post on top best curry mee in Singapore, coming your way soon.
Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles
Add: Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross Street, #01-58,Singapore 051531
Hrs: Mon – Sat: 10:30am – 2.30pm, Closed on Sun & PH