I dropped by the studios of Teo TH, one of the first and most respected professional photographers in Singapore, and after an excellent discussion, we were famished....so Teo, ever a foodie, introduced me to Khoon Kee...one of his favourite prawn noodles...
The owners are sibblings...the brother used to be cook at Japanese restaurants in Japan (he speaks fluent Japanese), and the sister helms the wok for the char kway teow...interesting combination for a stall...but it works.
We ordered some of both...Teo had the soup prawn mee, and I had the dry with pork ribs. And of course a plate of char kway teow.
A closer look at the large, succulent, sea prawns:
The secret of a good prawn noodle is the soup...it must be thick, rich, imbued with crustacean flavours. My favourite at Wah Kee, where the soup is really savoury and super rich. But Khoon Kee's puts up a good fight. Ultimately, it is edged out by Wah Kee, but it comes very close...the soup is beautifully made. The prawns are also very fresh, and superb. Crunchy, yet sweet and fragrant. Very good. Shiok. The pork ribs are good too, but not exceptional...next time, I'll just order the version with only prawns.
The Char Kway Teow is rather good too...but I can see some of my friends will think it is not sweet enough...but the style is similar to Dong Ji, except it sans seafood, and the ingredients used are regular Singapore CKT. I rather enjoyed it.
We also had some jeu her eng chye...cuttlefish with kangkong...in a sweet, spicy sauce, with crushed peanuts from Bak Kee Teochew Satay Bee Hoon:
Most people queue up at this stall for the satay bee hoon. But as we already had prawn noodles and char kway teow, we had the jeu her eng chye instead.
Not bad. Though I find the sauce a bit too sweet. The jeu her was rather crunchy, though a bit lacking in flavour. But the kangkong was excellent, cooked just right. And the sprinking of freshly crushed peanuts were great.
Both stalls are an excellent eat. Worth the visit.
Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee and Char Kway Teow
Blk 85 Redhill Lane, #01-58 Redhill Food Centre, Singapore
Daily: 9.30am – 9pm
(Closed on Tue)
Bak Kee Teochew Satay Bee Hoon
12pm - 8pm
Closed on Wednesdays