Some people say that the best curry chicken noodles in Singapore are located in Hong Lim Food Complex. They are most probably referring to Heng Kee (1st floor) and Ah Heng (2nd floor, directly above Heng Kee).
The queue at Heng Kee is longer and moves very s-l-o-w-l-y. Ah Heng also has a constant queue, but the wait is shorter.
Prices at Ah Heng start from S$4.00 per bowl. I requested for dark chicken meat and it comes at a price tag of S$5.00. Someone in front of me ordered a bowl with chicken drumstick and was charged S$6.00.
Usually I like to opt for a mix of thin bee hoon and yellow noodles (ask for “bee hoon mee 米粉面”) for their contrasting textures. The noodles were slightly springy but soft enough to soak up the flavors of the curry gravy.
The curry gravy was smooth, not too heavy, and well-balanced in terms of flavors, though I felt it could have been slightly more fragrant.
However I have no complaints about the toppings. The highlight was the chunky pieces of chopped Hainanese-style chicken as well as tender tofu puffs that has soaked up lots of curry gravy. There’s also half a potato and two slices of thick fish cake.
This was certainly a satisfying bowl of curry noodles. Next time I shall try downstairs Heng Kee to see how it compares with Ah Heng.
Ah Heng Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee 亞王咖哩鸡米粉麵
531A Upper Cross Street
#02-57/58 Hong Lim Food Centre
Mon to Fri: 10am to 9pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 8am to 9pm
Images captured with iPhone 4s.