And we're onto part II of our soya sauce chicken food recce at Chiew Kee Noodle House. The brightly lit shop was bustling when we arrived for lunch on a Saturday, and we quickly noted that this was more crowded than Chew Kee.
Having tried both stalls, I think I know what draws fans to Chiew Kee; their rendition of soya
sauce chicken is a little more generic and familiar, not unlike its
counterparts in most competent hawker centre noodle stalls.
We got the Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($3.50), with yellow egg noodles instead of kway teow noodles at Chew Kee. These noodles, quickly showered in a hot bath, were delightfully springy. The sauce is a little more oily, a little less robust, and placed a little more focus on light soy instead of its dark sweet-ish sister, resulting in a slightly more savoury taste. As a matter of preference, we preferred the more unique taste of Chew Kee. The chicken here at Chiew Kee, though, we didn't like; it was a little less flavoursome and not as juicy as the one at Chew Kee.
The ever-popular Dumpling Soup ($5), had less depth but was more tasty in a very MSG way. Also, it had more dumplings, about 9 or 10 of them fat crunchy babies, and these had bits of diced Chinese black mushrooms, which was the tipping point for me.
Chiew Kee Noodle House
32 Upper Cross Street
Tel: 6221 3531
Open daily from 8am to 7pm; Closed alternate Wednesdays