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Yan Kee Noodle House – Ikan Bilis To Go With Your Mee Pok Tah
By Alfred December 24, 2009
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Yan Kee Noodle House – Ikan Bilis To Go With Your Mee Pok Tah
Fast Facts
Food:
Bak Chor Mee (肉脞面)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Katong
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Breakfast Dinner Lunch Supper
Reviewed by:
Alfred

Fishball noodles and bak chor mee(teochew version) are getting scandalously similar nowadays. You get the same kind of chilli sauce, vinegar, same noodles choice, minced pork, fishcakes, porkballs. The only thing that separates the 2 is the fishballs. I think if there are two local foods that have a high possibility of been coalesced into one very soon, then this 2 would be it.

Alas even the soup of these 2 noodles are tasting very similar. I wonder when will prawn noodles aka hae mee join in the fun. Would be good if Singapore can have our own ‘Singapore Noodles Soup’ that are created with the best ingredients of all the noodles soup that are found in Singapore.

It is not difficult to see why those 2 can been sold from the same stall though. I mean, if all a bak chor mee seller needs are fishballs to target fishballs noodles suckers, then why not right? The pool of the target audiences gets bigger and your noodles suddenly have that national universal appeal.


Yan Kee Noodle House(炎记面家)

Yan Kee Noodle House made it’s name selling Bak Chor mee and Fishball Noodles at BK Eating House, Boat Quay. They went on to open a 24 hours branch at Tanjong Katong Road which boasts several top seller side items like Guo Tie, Fried Fishballs, Fried Fishcakes and many others.


Yan Kee Noodle House(炎记面家) Bak Chor Mee $3

Not sure if any of those rings a bell in your mind but Yan Kee reminds me very much of Eunos 1A Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles at Eunos. In case, you’re wondering what’s the price like for those side dishes, they are going for $5 to $6 a plate. Not sure what you’re thinking but I’m just thinking that if they can put up that kind of prices for such simple food, the quality must be fairly good. However I wasn’t feeling rich on this particular day so I just went for a bak chor mee pok tah.


Ikan Bilis on the Bak Chor Mee

Just like any of our domestic teochew bak chor mee pok tah, it came with all the usual ingredients you find in a bowl of bak chor mee but with ikan bilis. I guess they are replacing the tik poh with ikan bilis, I’m not sure but those ikan bilis(es) made the bowl of bak chor mee taste damn good okay!

Every mouthful of the noodles with crispy ikan bilis were exceedingly shiok. Naturally the overall taste is saltier but the sweetness of the sauce(and chilli) and the generous amount of vinegar balanced it off. In short, the flavours are slightly richer. If you love rich flavoured food, this bak chor mee can be very pleasant for you, albeit the chilli sauce wasn’t really spicy enough.


Yan Kee Noodle House(炎记面家) Bak Chor Mee $3

Price: $3

Recommendation: Mee Pok tah + more chilli + more ikan bilis

Conclusion: Something quite innovative. If you like the fried ikan bilis, this is something you might be very fond of. The ingredients are normal but the tastes of the sauce, chilli and ikan bilis are something to behold for me. Not the best but it is special enough to be a little shiok for me.

Likes: Combination of tastes. Ikan Bilis

Dislikes: Noodles too much, not QQ(al dente) enough. Not spicy enough

Address Overall Rating

yankee2
YAN KEE NOODLE HOUSE(炎记面家)
244 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437032
24 hours


Food:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Authenticity:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 



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Winnie says:

Tried the dried mee sua before. Not tht fantastic.

Posted January 1, 2010
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