Monday, August 03, 2009

Koon Kee Restaurant & Pub

Was in the mood for hor fun (河粉) aka thick flat rice noodles, so headed down to Koon Kee after hearing/reading some pretty good stuff about it. It definitely helped that it was within a 5 minute bus ride from my house.

Interior & Menu

Located in a rather old shophouse at the beginning of Yio Chu Kang road, just opposite Serangoon Stadium, Koon Kee has a rather dated interior that would probably invoke nostalgia in the older generation. The walls are lined with interesting collectables that the owner has amassed over the years, which add to the retro effect. The place is not air conditioned by the way, but has plenty of fans to keep the heat at bay.

Hor Fun ($5)

The seafood hor fun had relatively generous servings of pork, fish slices and of course lots of greens to go along. The ingredients weren't exactly the freshest, but still palatable. The gravy didn't come across as too starchy and had a light garlicky taste to it while the hor fun had a stronger then usual wok hei taste but I would have preferred it to be a little more burnt. It all boils down to personal preference though.

Beef Hor Fun ($6)

Personally I am biased towards the beef hor fun as I am an avid fan of beef. The gravy was more robust (or is it a psychological thing?) with a heavier dosage of garlic and pepper. The beef slices tasted like they had been well soaked in tenderizer but I guess its common for most places that do this dish. And yes, I would have preferred the hor fun to carry a slightly stronger wok hei taste.

Special Tofu ($6)

There was nothing special about the tofu honestly. It carried a coating of flour on the outside which was fried to a crisp but a little too thick for my liking. And though soft, it was bland and had to be eaten with the accompanying sweet and mildly spicy sauce with crushed peanuts.

Egg Foo Yong ($6)

This dish was like your everyday fried egg save for bits of carrots, vegetables and strands of crab meat in it. Nothing like the ones I had in Hong Kong or Canada. Decent but probably not something I'll order again for $6.

All in all, I think prices are a wee bit steep for the hor fun, especially when the place is pretty much like a coffee shop. Price aside, quality is above average and worth a try. I understand that there are limited quantities of hor fun each day so please go early.

Final Verdict:
Food:6.5/10 (7/10 for the hor fun)
Value for money:6.5/10

Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road

Contact: 6288 1206

Opening Hours: 12noon - 2.30pm, 6pm - 930pm. Closed on Thursday.


red fir said...

So the seafood horfun has too much wok hei (but not burnt hur?) and the beef horfun has got no wok hei? Quite confusing here.

fatpig said...

I don't think there is such a thing as too much wok hei.. unless its totally charred.. The seafood hor fun has a stronger then usual wok hei taste but I would have liked it stronger..