Saturday, 16 December 2017

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles. The Soul of Prawn Soup 華記大蝦麵

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Back at Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles 華記大蝦麵 at the Esplanade Mall after almost exactly one year (since it opened here. Wah Kee was founded in 1951 and the parent stall is still in operation at Pek Kio hawker centre).

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Browsing the menu while waiting for the rest to arrive, I set my sights on Wah Kee's signature big prawns and the new "Lobster meets Prawn" pot. There was also the "Wah Wah!" pot - the trendy mala style seafood hotpot (but using Wah Kee's signature broth) but we shall save that for another visit.

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Nice and comfortable inside away from the blistering heat outside.

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Wah Kee's signature meaty big prawns in their famous prawn broth.

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Wah Kee's prawn broth has medium body and a distinct crustacean savoury sweetness that is not overbearing. The savoury sweet broth is complemented by a gentle spicy hint.

I come to Wah Kee mainly for this pure prawn broth (with no pork added).

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The sea prawn meat was crunchy with a light spring 爽口 and sweet briny taste.

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The "Lobster meets Prawn" pot came with one small (frozen) lobster and two big fresh prawns each. There were also half a dozen lala clams in the broth.

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It is basically the same classic Wah Kee prawn broth souped up with flavours from the lobster and 啦啦 lala clams.

The lobster and lala clams added more body to the prawn broth and also additional layers of savoury sweetness. If you like more flavours, more depth and greater intensity, then this is for you.

I enjoyed both the original pure prawn soup and souped up soup, but like the classic original a bit more as it is more unique and not easily replicated.

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There is a choice of yellow noodles, mee kia and bee hoon in soup or "dry".

We opted for the dry version which comes with a robust savoury spicy sambal chili sauce and lard. There's toppings of fried shallot and fresh, crispy lard croutons.

Dry is my usual choice as I don't want the noodles to shift the taste profile of Wah Kee's finely tuned prawn broth.

Furthermore, Wah Kee's house made sambal chili sauce is delicious and comparable with the best noodle places in Singapore. The slender mee kia, especially, has a nice soft springy mouth feel to the bite and works well with Wah Kee's sambal chili sauce.

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Nice chili dip with a zesty spicy sting complemented by mild savoury soy sauce flavour.

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One free top up of soup is allowed per order. I like that as the main thing I come to Wah Kee for is their drinkable signature prawn broth 😋

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SG$75.56 for the two sets and one added on noodle.

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Restaurant nameWah Kee Big Prawn Noodle 華記大蝦麵 (Esplanade Mall)

Singapore-Skyline

Address: 8 Raffles Ave, #01-13C, Esplanade Mall, Singapore
GPS: 1°17'21.9"N 103°51'23.3"E | 1.289416, 103.856484
Tel: 6327 9187 
Hours: 11:00am to 2:30pm | 5:00pm to 10:30pm  

Non Halal  

Date visited: 9 Dec 2016, 15 Dec 2017

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