Monday, August 27, 2007
Eng Kee Fried Beehoon
Finally a journey to the West! Got the chance to come to Eng Kee today, it's a humble little joint lauded for its fried beehoon and accompaniments. Indeed the stall was so humble-looking, non-descript and tucked away in a corner of a quaint old coffeeshop that I almost thought it was closed and abandoned. There was not a lot on display, maybe they had just started putting items out (I was there shortly after they opened).
Fried beehoon/mee is commonly breakfast fare but this stall only opens from 4pm onwards. The beehoon is rather plain, not terribly tasty and certainly didn't have any bean sprouts as touted in some eating guide. It's not as good as the one at the old Holland Village food centre, which cooks its beehoon in flavourful stock. The mee is just slightly better and more peppery.
The sambal chili sauce is very critical in this dish, often the saviour of these dishes. Here it is just slightly above average. The ngoh hiang (five-spice fried vegetarian sausage roll?) is okay, decent.
The real STAR here was the crispy fried chicken wing. Piping hot, with crunchy skin and plump, juicy flesh. Now this, I would pack home by the dozen! A very happy discovery. If KFC could do chicken like this, they'd be on my speed-dial permanently.
Block 117 Commonwealth Crescent #01-711
(near the renovated Commonwealth Crescent Food Centre and Market)
Open 4-11pm; closed Sundays