Prawn star

Noodles with large prawns from Wah Kee.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

If you are a fan of Wah Kee's big prawn noodles, you should try its new outlet at the Esplanade.

Instead of queueing and eating while perspiring at the original stall in Pek Kio hawker centre, you get served in air-conditioned comfort in the 60-seat eatery.

And the price of comfort? An extra $1 plus service charge and tax for the regular-sized prawns, which go for $6++ a bowl, compared with $5 at the hawker centre. For noodles with medium-sized prawns, it's $12++ versus $10.

But the noodles with large prawns (above), which are recommended, cost the same at $20 - albeit plus service charge and tax.

Get the dry version of the noodles because the piquant chilli sauce is the star attraction - for me, at least. The soup smells and looks promising with a layer of bright red oil. But it tastes weak, even with three large prawns in it.

I guess Wah Kee's fans are happy with it as it is, but I would be more impressed if the stock is reduced to double its current strength.

WHERE: Wah Kee, 01-13C Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue

MRT: Esplanade

OPEN: 11am to 2.30pm daily, 5 to 10.30pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 5 to 11.30pm (Fridays, Saturdays and eve of public holidays)

INFO: 6327-9187 (no reservations)

This article was first published on Dec 23, 2016. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to for more stories.