On first glance, Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup looks nothing out of the ordinary. Its placement along Changi Road makes it easy to miss given the other mouth watering places along the same stretch. However, regulars and new patrons alike will come to realise that this place is a gem; I call this zi char with a twist!
Upon arrival, there’s no need to rush to chope a seat. Instead, head to the left side of the stall to pick your dishes (the menu is on the wall, with pictures). Once you’re done ordering, they will bring you to your table.
The herbal mee sua is yums! The soup doesn’t have that strong herbal taste that puts some people off after a while. In fact, it’s very tasty and sweet. Satisfying.
Also decided to try their white mee sua because why not. A big difference from its counterpart, besides the herbal soup, is that the white version is actually short strands of mee sua! So short that it’s best eaten using a spoon. Add pepper and vinegar for that extra boost.
The burnt beehoon passed my criteria of having the wokhei taste. The eggs were also well incorporated and there’s chunks of fried eggs for everyone. If you’re wondering why it looks so bare and tasteless, that’s because everything is hidden underneath the beehoon! Prawns, fish cake, bean sprouts… I’ll leave you to find your treasures.
Get it when I said this was zi char with a twist? The above were all my staples for the meal. No rice, just mee sua and beehoon.
The salted egg chicken was well balanced between the spicy curry leaves and salted egg yolk. The chicken could be crispier though.
Should have asked for the four seasons beans to be fried with hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp sambal). Also, the beans were a little raw tasting.
The Ngoh Hiang was good though. Crispy on the outside and light on the inside.
Overall, this zi char is worth eating for the mee sua and burnt beehoon. If you have more people in your party however, they have a huge selection of fresh fish which you can pick from their fridge and tell them which style you want it cooked. Quite a fun experience.
Two tips if you dine here:
1. Take charge of the portions of your dishes because they won’t advise, and are bad at estimating. Maybe they want to earn that extra money? The above food was shared between 4 people. Needless to say, we had to pack back quite a bit of food.
2. There’s free parking for Seng Kee customers across the road. It’s at the temple just before the Shell station.
475/477 Changi Road, S(419893)
Daily: 11am to 4am
+65 6746 4089
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