Review: Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle at Esplanade

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By Lynn Wee   — December 10, 2016

  • Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle opens at Esplanade mall
    1 / 4 Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle opens at Esplanade mall

    Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle, which draws long lines at Pek Kio Market & Food Centre in Cambridge Road, is going places, with a restaurant that opened at Esplanade Mall on Dec 3. 

    The stall is known for serving prawn noodles topped with large deep-sea prawns, freshly fried shallots and pork lard in a robust soup.

    Young Parents went down to see if the well-known piquant soup and noodles at the traditional hawker centre was the same, and it definitely was worth the hype. 

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  • What you need to know about Wah Kee
    2 / 4 What you need to know about Wah Kee

    The business was established by Mr Lau’s grandfather in 1951 and the Wah Kee stall is run by his parents – Mr Lau Fook Wah, 75, and Madam Tham Lay Mon, 73 (pictured, middle and right). 

    When the family set up their shop at Farrer Park food centre in the 1990s, the senior Mr Lau started using big prawns instead, upon customers’ request.

    When it moved to Pek Kio in the late 1990s, the brand focused on serving big prawns only.

    The seafood and shellfish broth is simmered for at least 2½ hours and does not include pork ribs or pig tails, common additions to prawn noodle soup.

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  • Wah Kee's speciality
    3 / 4 Wah Kee’s speciality

    The newly-opened modern 2,100 sq ft Wah Kee restaurant is a partnership between Mr Lau and Mr Andrew Tan, 55, who is behind Japanese restaurant Tomo Izakaya in Clarke Quay and Esplanade Mall, as well as Japanese food arena Eat At Seven in Suntec City.

    The 60-seat restaurant – complete with an iPad ordering system – will also sell the same big prawn noodles priced from $6. At Pek Kio, the price of a bowl starts at $5. 

    What we like most is the al dente mee kia, paired with the special spicy sauce – which is made in-house daily, using Wah Kee’s 65- year recipe. 

    Do note that reservations are not allowed and there will be an additional service charge and GST. 

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  • It has other offerings, as well
    4 / 4 It has other offerings, as well

    Apart from the famous prawn noodles, the restaurant will also serve fresh oysters, blue mussels, oyster omelette and grilled Japanese squid. Wine and Japanese whisky are available to pair with the food.

    We were told that the Esplanade Mall was chosen to open the stall as it has ample parking, tourist traffic and the fact that the restaurant can open till late.

    Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle is located at 01-13C Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue. It is open from 11am to 2.30pm daily, 5 to 10.30pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 5 to 11.30pm (Fridays, Saturdays, and eve of public holidays).

    Find out more here.

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    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times. 

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Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle opens at Esplanade mall Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle, which draws long lines at Pek Kio Market & Food Centre in Cambridge Road, is going places, with a restaurant that opened at Esplanade Mall on Dec 3.  The stall is known for serving prawn noodles topped with large deep-sea prawns, freshly fried shallots and pork lard in a robust soup. Young Parents went down to see if the well-known piquant soup and noodles at the traditional hawker centre was the same, and it definitely was worth the hype.  Related: What you need to know about the Gudetama cafe in Singapore (Click on arrows in photos to find out more) What you need to know about Wah Kee The business was established by Mr Lau’s grandfather in 1951 and the Wah Kee stall is run by his parents – Mr Lau Fook Wah, 75, and Madam Tham Lay Mon, 73 (pictured, middle and right).  When the family set up their shop at Farrer Park food centre in the 1990s, the senior Mr Lau started using big prawns instead, upon customers’ request. When it moved to Pek Kio in the late 1990s, the brand focused on serving big prawns only. The seafood and shellfish broth is simmered for at least 2½ hours and does not include pork ribs or pig tails, common additions to prawn noodle soup. Related: Review: Michelin-starred ramen eatery Tsuta in Singapore Wah Kee’s speciality The newly-opened modern 2,100 sq ft Wah Kee restaurant is a partnership between Mr Lau and Mr Andrew Tan, 55, who is behind Japanese restaurant Tomo Izakaya in Clarke Quay and Esplanade Mall, as well as Japanese food arena Eat At Seven in Suntec City. The 60-seat restaurant – complete with an iPad ordering system – will also sell the same big prawn noodles priced from $6. At Pek Kio, the price of a bowl starts at $5.  What we like most is the al dente mee kia, paired with the special spicy sauce – which is made in-house daily, using Wah Kee’s 65- year recipe.  Do note that reservations are not allowed and there will be an additional service charge and GST.  Related: Cheap and good food in Singapore: $1.50 chicken rice, $2 char kway teow It has other offerings, as well Apart from the famous prawn noodles, the restaurant will also serve fresh oysters, blue mussels, oyster omelette and grilled Japanese squid. Wine and Japanese whisky are available to pair with the food. We were told that the Esplanade Mall was chosen to open the stall as it has ample parking, tourist traffic and the fact that the restaurant can open till late. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle is located at 01-13C Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue. It is open from 11am to 2.30pm daily, 5 to 10.30pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 5 to 11.30pm (Fridays, Saturdays, and eve of public holidays). Find out more here. Related: 10 best gourmet burgers in Singapore A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times. 

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