We’ve heard of truffle fries, truffle pasta, truffle risotto.. Seriously, what’s there not to love about truffle? When we think about truffle, we often think of western dishes. But, have you ever heard of TRUFFLE WANTON NOODLES?
Bee Kee has outdone themselves this time by bringing the definition of fusion to an unparalleled level. A marriage of one of Singapore’s most popular Chinese hawker food, and one of the more atas ingredient used in Western dishes these days to give an elevated flavor. Such an ingenious idea, but how did it fare in reality?
Situated in the unassuming Chuen Kee Kopitiam, a stone throw away from Serangoon MRT station (Lorong Lew Lian), Bee Kee would just be one of those stalls if you didn’t know that they serve up truffle wanton noodles. There is really nothing that stands out about the shop front, or nothing on their menu that states that they have indeed such en exotic dish up their sleeves.
From my research before dropping by to visit them, they didn’t want to place this dish on its signage because they do not want to scare off their potential customers who are looking for an original wanton noodle experience, with the relatively high price tag of $6. As you can see, they also serve a variety of other noodles and dishes, just like any other wanton noodles stall! Hence, we got a little worried that we were at the wrong stall until we saw this little notice just in front of their cash register! Hallelujah! Truffle noodles! How exciting!
2 plates of truffle wanton noodles for us, without a doubt! And the boy had added a portion of braised pork to his wanton noodles as well!
This plate costs us $6, which I thought was pretty reasonable because they were very generous with the ingredients! FLAME-TORCHED Char siew, fried wantons and the usual wantons added to the truffle-sprayed noodles. We saw them using a spray bottle to coat the noodles with truffle oil, and I guess that makes the noodles less hard and clumpy, as compared to the usual wanton noodles I’ve had in the past. I’m not a fan of wanton noodles, so I might have the misconception that all wanton noodles are hard and clumpy.
And I’m pretty sure you are waiting for my verdict on its taste. I actually enjoyed having this plate of wanton noodles, not because of the hint of truffle scent coated on the noodles, but by the texture of the noodles. It was springy and slippery, just the way I love my noodles to be cooked, al dente. The truffle taste was mild, yet apparent with every bite. The sides of char siew and wanton were also pretty enjoyable. I especially liked the fried wanton, probably because they kinda soaked up a little of the truffle oil, and tasted like truffle infused wantons. Hey another concept for them! I thought that this plate of truffle wanton noodles was actually just decent, nothing much to shout about, but definitely a refreshing way of tasting the same old wanton noodles we’ve had since young. Oh, and the braised pork was pretty soft and slide off the bone good too! Being huge eaters like us, one plate of wanton noodles, where got enough? Hence we ordered our favorite bowl of Chili Oil Wanton ($5?). This bowl of chili oil wanton noodles were also just average, although I very much enjoyed the bit of vinegar they added to the chili oil. However, the wantons could do better without too much of the skin, and more fillings!
It’s a pretty good concept for Bee Kee to come up with such an idea to include truffle oil into their noodles to probably appeal to the younger crowd. I’m not too sure if the older generation would like this plate of wanton noodles, as the taste of truffle is pretty much an acquired taste. Besides, $6 may be a little too much to charge for a plate of noodles, comparatively.
I would return for their wanton noodles, because their noodles are really one of the better ones that I’ve had, and the ingredients added to the noodles were also pretty generous, in my opinion. I would encourage you guys to pay Bee Kee a visit if you’re looking for a new wanton noodle experience. Otherwise, it’s a good place to get your usual wanton noodle fix too! Take note of their opening hours though, as they are only opened from 7:30am to 2:30pm, and are closed during dinner!
How to get there?
2 Lorong Lew Lian
Chuen Kee Restaurant
New outlet at 50 Market Street, #03-01!
Tues – Sun: 7:30am to 2:30pm
Closed on Mondays