If you are looking for salted egg yolk crab then you should definitely be heading to Keng Eng Kee Seafood (or KEK) in Alexandra Village. The salted egg yolk sauce is divine. It is rich and flavoursome. The balance of richness and fragrance from melted butter, the saltiness from salted egg yolk and the wholesomeness of evaporated milk make this a sauce to die for. Luckily there is usually a generous helping of the sauce all over the crab, or else there would have been many cases of uncivilised fights for it in KEK. It is an absolutely delicious dish.
Keng Eng Kee is an overgrown coffee shop from years of successfully satisfying many who craved for good value great Chinese home cooked meals. Tucked in the middle of “car workshops central” not far from Ikea and Queenstown Shopping Centre, tables are spread across two shops, one of it the original coffee shop and the other is a small air conditioned unit with seating for 40pax. Service is top notch. There are plenty of knowledgeable waiting staff and attentive cleaners. My orders came out promptly even on a busy Friday night. Had to wait quite a while for the crab as they make it in fresh large batches. Worth the wait!
Marmite Chicken is another popular dish at KEK (although is certainly isn’t the most photogenic). On biting into it, you instantly appreciate why. It is crunchy, juicy, sweet and marmite-y. As with sweet and sour chicken, the crunchiness is critical to the success of this dish and there are plenty to “crunch” about on it. Next on the “recommended” list is definitely Claypot Braised Pork Liver (S$10.00 for a small portion). I don’t think this is a dish that is widely available in other Tze Char places as I haven’t come across it. You get perfectly cooked liver in Chinese wine gingery dark sauce. The liver slices were soft, tasty and ever so slightly chewy. Just like the crab, the sauce packed quite some ummph.
Moving down the list, I get down to “Moonlight” Hor Fun. Skillfully fried hor fun (broad soft white noodles) with prawn, sliced squid and chinese sausage topped with a raw egg (supposedly moon!). This is a simple but yet very delicious dish. The flavoring was perfect, the noodles were soft and the ingredients were fresh.
Another hot favourite among regulars is Mingzhu Roll. A small order of this gets you 6 pieces of crunchy fried beancurd parcels stuffed with prawn, mushroom, salted egg yolk and ham. I didn’t get to try any of it as it was an absolute favourite of my little one. I think he liked the crunchiness. Will share when I get a taste next time.
The Sambal Kangkung (chili and prawn paste stir-fried vegetable) was different from the conventional ones. There is a generous amount of dried baby prawns which gave it a very strong flavour, over and above the strong flavour from the sambal. Good if you are looking for the extra edge, but a bit too much for my personal liking.
All in all, Keng Eng Kee is a great Tze Char (Chinese) restaurant. There are plenty of amazingly delicious dishes to choose from, especially the Salted Egg Yolk Crab and the “Moonlight” Hor Fun. Coupling that with the prompt friendly service and how kind it is on the wallet, it is definitely high on my favourite list. I do need to remember to balance the order of “strong flavoured” dishes with more “mildly flavoured” dishes as the strong dishes at KEK really packed a punch!
This restaurant doesn’t charge for service and is baby & kids friendly.
Keng Eng Kee Seafood
124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136
+65 6272 1038