Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wan Ton Mee – Famous, but Ultimately Disappointing Wonton Mee
Hua Kee was another famous stall I went to at Old Airport Road Food Centre. They specialize in wonton mee and there are actually three famous wonton mee stalls all in the same row; one with a red sign, one with a yellow sign and one with a green sign. We decided to go to the one with the red sign (#01-02) which is covered in various news articles and awards.
Wonton mee is wonton noodle soup and you can order it “dry” or “soup”. The “dry” version has noodles that are tossed in sauce with broth on the side and the “soup” version has noodles in broth that are not tossed with sauce. In Singapore, the “dry” version noodles are tossed in a sweet chili sauce that I believe uses ketchup as well although you wouldn’t be able to tell if you didn’t know. This is different than in Hong Kong where the noodles are usually tossed in oyster sauce.
I found a video of the stall which you can see here.
In the video, he talks about how they used to make their own noodles, but now they don’t and basic stuff about the history of the stall and his technique. This stall is also very old as it started in the 50s, but the owner’s father. I also believe the owner is a Teochew (I actually heard you have to be Teochew to have a stall at Old Airport Road, but I’m not sure if that is a myth or not).
I got the “dry” version which I usually prefer to the “soup” version. I found the noodles to be pretty decent, they were reasonably al dente and had decent flavor. I also thought the wontons were pretty good as well. The cha siu was not good at all; it was sliced incredibly thin, was very dry and had no flavor (looks nothing like the cha siu in the video). The chili sauce was also too sweet and I didn’t think it had that great of flavor either, which was a disappointment because the reviews said the sauce was great. Now the video says that it was is suited to Teochew tastes and I think Teochew people like their food a bit on the sweet side, so maybe it’s just a difference in taste, but I just found it be pretty mediocre. The broth on the side was okay, but nothing special and it was a bit too salty as well. Overall, I found this to be a pretty mediocre bowl of wonton mee. Now I will caveat this with the fact that I much prefer the Hong Kong style wonton mee to Singapore wonton mee. However even with that said I’ve definitely had better bowls of Singapore style wonton mee than this one. 7/10
I wouldn’t bother with this place if you happen to be at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-02
51 Old Airport Road
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