Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles was recommended by a friend who read my blog post on Ah Heng Curry Chicken Noodles. So there are actually 2 famous curry mee in Hong Lim Food Centre. One on the ground storey, the other on the second. Both have been featured on food blogs and magazines. And both have long queues during lunch time.
When I went for lunch today, I had to queue for around 15 minutes for Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles. Hoping that the long wait will be worthwhile, I was rather disappointed by the small bowl of curry noodles which costs $4. The savory gravy was sweet and spicy but lacking in the fragrance and flavour of coconut milk. The noodles blended well with the gravy but the serving was so little, I could finish it in 4 mouthfuls. The 3 pieces of steamed white chicken were more bony than meaty and miserable, if I can think of a word to describe them.
Comparing the 2 curry noodles in Hong Lim Food Centre, Ah Heng Curry Chicken Noodles is definitely more delicious and value-for-money. Ah Heng's gravy is thicker and more mouthwatering than Heng Kee's. Ah Heng's chicken is fresher and more tender than Heng Kee's. The portions of noodles and chicken from Ah Heng are also bigger and more satisfying than that from Heng Kee (Compare the pictures I posted if you don't believe me).
I really don't know what is it about Heng Kee curry noodles that make people queue for it. Perhaps Singaporeans who are more health-conscious may prefer Heng Kee because of its lower content of coconut milk. Perhaps it has an authentic flavour that I could not appreciate. But I can confidently say that I definitely won't be coming back for more.
Heng Kee Curry Chicken Noodles
Hong Lim Food Centre
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street #01-127
Closed on Sun and Public Holidays