Hawker Stall To Esplanade, And Still So Good

Wah Kee Prawn Noodles gets an upgrade but still tastes as good

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By jiayu

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Wah Kee has launched its first restaurant at esplanade, bringing the famous Pek Kio Market prawn noodles to one of Singapore’s most iconic attractions.

Pek Kio began in 1951 and is well-known for serving delicious prawn noodles with large deep-sea prawns in the Pek Kio Market & Food Centre at Cambridge Road.

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Chef Kevin decided to expand his father’s business and bring his prawn noodles to a wider crowd. Customers can now enjoy the same prawn noodles in a cosy air conditioned environment, with attentive staff. Yet, prices remain affordable, with just a $1 to $2 increase from the Pek Kio stall.

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At Esplanade, Wah Kee Prawn Noodles with Regular or Medium-sized Prawns are $6 and $12 respectively, up from $5 and $10 at the Pek Kio stall. Prawn noodles with Large ($20) or Extra Large-sized Prawns remain at the same price ($30). To maintain the standard, prawns are bought daily from Singapore’s fishery port.

The $30 prawns can go up to 1 feet long and weigh 110g-140g.

According to Kevin, there are times he managed to bring in 1kg to 2kg prawns and customers were willing to pay up to $60 for them. But these instances are rare as it depends on what he sees from the fishery port everyday.

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We had the Wah Kee Prawn Noodle With Large Sized Prawn in both Dry and Soup versions. We also tried clams in cooked in Wah Kee’s prawn noodle soup and Kai Lan.

Wah Kee’s soup takes four hours to prepare and it was exceptionally fragrant and all sauces are made in-house daily, using Wah Kee’s 65-year recipe. The soup was extremely appetising and delicious.

And of course, the prawns were extremely fresh. Honestly, I could taste the sea on them. Wah Kee prawns are sea-caught, which means they are more delicious but get sold out fast as they have a limited daily supply.

Dip the prawns into Wah Kee’s special homemade chilli, which is flavourful and spicy. It gives an added flavour to the prawn noodles.

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For the Dry Prawn noodle, we had the Mee Kia noodle. The Mee Kia is specially made for Wah Kee, allowing Kevin to customise and refine the noodle thickness and texture. It was springy and had a bite to it.

The Esplanade outlet offers a variety of other dishes and is a great place for a family dinner. Dishes available exclusively at the restaurant include fresh Boston lobsters, French oysters, Seafood Oyster Omelette and more.

They also have an in-house bar, serving a comprehensive range of alcohol.

Unfortunately, Wah Kee doesn’t take reservations. So go early to avoid the long queues.

Where: 8 Raffles Avenue Esplanade Mall #01-13C Singapore 039802
Operating Hours: 11:00am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs). 11:00am – 2:30pm,  5pm – 11:30pm (Fri, Sat, Eve PH)
Contact Information: +65 63279187