Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle opens first restaurant at The Esplanade

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    Not on a diet, are you?

    You might want to check out the newly opened Wah Kee restaurant at The Esplanade, an extension of the famous Pek Kio market Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle (華記大蝦麵)stall.

    Even if you haven’t patronised the stall at Pek Kio, you would probably have heard of the well-known twenty-dollar prawn noodle, which counts a number of celebrities such as Chow Yun Fatt as its patrons. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle is known for its piquant soup, gigantic prawns and not-so-diet-friendly deep fried pork lard. The prawn noodle is also the signature dish at the new Wah Kee restaurant.

    pork lard at wah kee big prawn noodles
    Crispy pork lard

    Despite its upscale location, prices at Wah Kee restaurant are not far off from the hawker stall. Its signature prawn noodles starts from $6 instead of $5, just one dollar more to dine in air-conditioned comfort.

    The new menu is another good reason to check out the new Wah Kee restaurant, where some of the exclusive dishes include fresh oysters ($48 a dozen), blue mussel with white wine ($30) and French rojak salad ($12).

    The clam and crab soup is only available at Wah Kee restaurant
    The clam and crab soup is only available at Wah Kee restaurant

    We tried the clam and crab soup ($18). It comes with a medium sized blue swimmer crab (also known locally as flower crab) and a good number of giant clams in a claypot. The freshness of the crab was evident from its sweet and silky flesh. But sadly, the clams were slightly overcooked. A pity – as the plump clams tasted very fresh. We enjoyed the robust broth, it was redolent of prawn flavours and had a spicy kick.

    Of course we didn’t pass up the chance to try its signature prawn noodles. We had the $20 servings in both the dry and soup versions. Each of the noodles comes with a serving of three large deep sea prawns.

    The $20 set comes with a large prawns.
    The $20 set comes with 3 large prawns.

    The dry noodles was truly the star. It was al-dente and very flavorful, thanks to the generous sprinkling of fried shallots and cripsy pork lard. If not for the $20-price tag, we would be quite happy eating the noodles on its own. We later learnt from co-owner, Calvin Lau that the fine noodles (only slightly thicker than mee sua) are made specially by their supplier, who is his uncle.

    The large prawns were a real treat too. Not simply because of their sheer size but the fact that they were so succulent and satisfying. We know it’s a splurge to pay $20 for prawn noodles, but we thought the set was well worth its price tag for the quality that you get. On the other hand, we liked the soup version less, the noodles didn’t stand out and the soup was way too oily for us.

    Overall, we were rather pleased with our dining experience at Wah Kee restaurant. So if you’re willing to shell out more for a decent seafood meal – and is not afraid to bust your waistline – definitely give Wah Kee restaurant a try.

    wah kee big prawn noodles - soup version
    The noodles used for the dry version of the prawn noodle set is created by the owner’s uncle
    wah kee big prawn noodles - dry set
    The soup version of the prawn noodle set

    Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle – Esplanade

    Address: 8 Raffles Avenue Esplanade Mall #01-13C Singapore 039802
    Phone: +65 63279187
    Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 11:00am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10:30pm, Fri, Sat and Eve of PH 11:00am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 11:30pm