Hong Kong Street Chun Kee is well known when it comes to Chinese stir fry restaurant in the West and is extremely popular with the working crowd around the area during lunch as well as families staying in the West.
Chun Kee occupies almost the entire coffee shop with another stall selling drinks and satay. There are many Hong Kong Street Chun Kee outlets and this is one of the more popular one. They have bigger tables inside the coffee shop and smaller tables outside the sheltered veranda area.
You can see the open concept kitchen of the many chefs cooking your meals and huge pictorial of their signature dishes so if you have no idea what to order, you can decide with the pictures. The uncle right in front of the kitchen is the main in charge of the restaurant and is also the cashier handling the payment.
The menu is simple like all other stir fry Chinese restaurants
One of their famous dish is the fish meat bee hoon (rice vermicelli) soup which comes with both clear and milky soup. You can also replace the normal vegetable with bitter gourd like how I usually order mine. When the soup arrives, you can distinctively smell the strong fragrance of the Chinese wine used to cook the ginger and fish and this same sweet fragrance is absorbed into the milky soup which is complemented with carnation milk. In the past, no milk is added and the soup is milky from the long hours of cooking the fish bones for the soup base. The fish meat is given in huge chunks mostly without bones. The meat is lightly pan fried but retains its succulent and tender texture.
The next popular dish is the stir fry fish slice with bean sprouts and hor fun ( flat rice vermicelli). The dish has a slight gravy to moisten the hor fun and beans sprout. Many customers like this dish as it is full of wok hei ( heat of the wok) and the tender fish slices when combined with the crunchy bean sprouts provides a great taste.
Another fantastic meat dish to complement your meal is the prawn paste chicken wings which is fried to perfection with a crispy thin layer but with well flavoured tender meat. Many restaurants sell this dish but it is hard to get the balance of the taste as too much prawn paste will make the chicken too salty and too little will render a flat taste. The ones here are just nice.
There are many more dishes which are very good at Chun Kee but be prepared to wait for your meal as the restaurant is always crowded. Whenever I crave for a good fish bee hoon, this is the only place I head to as I find the ones at other restaurants not fragrant enough. The other point to note is that since the restaurant is really popular, it can be difficult to get a parking lot so head there as early as possible to avoid the crowd.
Address: 125 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150125
Operating hours: 11 am to 2.30 pm and 5 pm to 11.30 pm