Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee @ Hong Lim Food Centre
Hong Lim Food Centre has two famous stalls that sell curry chicken noodles. One is Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee at level 2, while the other is Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee at level 1. Recently, I get to try Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee and I must say, it is quite impressive.
Mr Tay (or many called him Ah Huat) is the third generation owner of Heng Kee. Together with his elderly mum, they run the stall founded by his grandfather more than 40 years ago. Generations after generations, it is still a crowd puller with long queues forming from the start of the day.
Fronting the stall is messy display of Hainanese-style poached chicken. But never judge the book by its cover because the meat is tender and juicy. Using over 50 years old curry recipe, the gravy is thick and robust, with large spongy tofu puffs dancing in the bubbling pot of soup. It’s nothing like Indian or Malay curry. The taste itself is unique that it is hard to pinpoint which clan does it belong to. Mr Tay’s mother will first collect the orders, blanch the noodles before passing the bowl of Mr Tay as he fills the bowl with piping hot curry gravy.
At $4 a bowl, each bowl comes out piping hot with large pieces of Hainanese-style poached chicken, potatoes and juicy, curry-soaked tau pok. I am conscious with my weight now, hence I try to avoid curry chicken as much as possible (even though I love it). When I had a sip of the greasy curry, it was so addictive that I almost emptied the entire bowl. It was aromatic and tasted quite sweet, slightly savoury, and just mildly spicy.
Don’t forget to scoop some sambal chilli sauce to add more fragrance to your curry mee. It is deeply savoury with strong hei bei taste to it. Some may complain that The mother is grumpy and only allowed one saucer per bowl of curry. That’s because many of us took more than needed and wasted the sambal which they take a long time to prepare. Make a guess what time do they come everyday to prepare the ingredients? 4am. Yes, that’s the life of a hawker. The mother and son may look fierce but they are friendly people when you speak to them. Now, I can truly appreciate every bowl of curry mee. 🙂
Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
Address: #01-58, Hong Lim Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 510531
Opening Hours: 10 am to 2pm (Closed on Sunday, Monday, Public Holidays)
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One of the best curry chicken Beehoon’ I had a few straight days eating this year’s ago. Don’t worry with the coconut milk, because this is the healthiest ingredient in that entire bowl! Sadly many other stall replace it with milk and vegetable oils, changing a healthy traditional dish into disaster _Herbert (Hunters’ Kitchenette)
Just an update: it’s now $5.50 for a small bowl, and $8 for a big bowl.
Inflation is skyrocketing in Singapore!
Everytime I visit the stall, I am reminded of the senior Mr Tay (Ah Huat’s dad) who was doing the cooking until he died in 2013.