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Best soy sauce chicken noodle

Lee Fun Nam Kee Chicken Rice And Restaurant

Lorong 4 Toa PayohAsianChineseHainanese

EDITOR’S PICK!

Opening hours: Daily: 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm

Price: from $4.00

Rating: 4.5/5

Besides Hainanese chicken rice, Lee Fun Nam Kee also serves outstanding soy sauce chicken. From the way they chop the chicken down to the doneness of the kailan, no small detail is left out.

Tender, juicy and incredibly silky, the chicken is liberally bathed in their signature thick gravy. This rich gravy has a seductive honey-like sweetness and robust roasted fragrance. Even those of us who usually eschew gooey gravy were bowled over! But if you prefer your noodles without the gravy, you can ask them to serve the chicken separately (at a higher cost).

Expertly executed, the thin and springy noodles have just the right doneness. They are dressed with a hint of sesame oil and served with a side of kailan. Zesty and lively, the chicken rice chilli sauce is just as sublime.

Prices here are slightly higher due to more comfortable ambience. But we believe connoisseurs would gladly fork out this small price difference for top-notch quality soy sauce chicken!

Original Chew Kee Eating House

Upper Cross StreetLocal

MOST TRADITIONAL FLAVOR 

Opening hours: 8am-6pm, closed alternate Fri

Price: from $3.00

Rating: 4/5

It’s a close fight. But after a back-to-back taste-test of the two rival chicken noodle eateries in Upper Cross Street, our pick is No. 8.

With its more robust marinade, No. 8’s chicken has the winning edge. The skin is dark and flavourful, perfumed with a lovely scent of rose wine. The chicken is gorgeously juicy and meaty. However, the gravy for the noodles is a bit lackluster; its sweet-savoury flavours could have been more distinct. The bouncy noodles have a bare hint of alkaline. Portions here are more generous compared to No. 32.

Although some might prefer the sweeter style over at No. 32, we feel that No. 8’s version is more original and rustic. This pioneer remains a must-visit for chicken noodle lovers.

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle

Chinatown Complex, Smith StreetAsianCantoneseChinese

BEST VALUE

Opening hours: Thu-Tue: 10am-8pm (earlier if sold out)

Price: from $2.50

Rating: 4/5

Just a stone’s throw away from the two rival soy sauce chicken noodle specialists at Upper Cross Street is this very worthy competitor helmed by an ex-restaurant chef.

Lightly tanned and evenly glazed, the chicken tastes as appealing as it looks. Most of the sweetish marinade is on the skin. The meat is subtly infused with the marinade, but at the same time, it retains its chicken-y flavour. Smooth and juicy, the flesh is tender but retains a lovely springy bite.

Instead of the usual watery sauce, the wiry Hong Kong-style noodles here are drier in style. They are tossed with just a sufficient amount of sauce that clings onto the noodles. The sauce is a more-ish concoction of sweet and savoury flavours, with a dash of garlic oil to augment the overall effect.

Sheng Kee Cooked Food

Geylang Bahru Market and Food Centre, Geylang BahruChineseSingaporean

Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 12pm-11.30pm

Price: from $3.00

Rating: 3.5/5

The marinade for the chicken would benefit from a stronger fragrance. But on the whole, this is one satisfying soy sauce chicken noodle!

What really makes this version such a comforting dish is the wickedly addictive sauce. The savoury-sweet sauce—with a hint of oyster sauce—is well-balanced in flavour. It is tasty without overwhelming the chicken. Just a tad undercooked, the chicken meat is firm but smooth. The noodles are al dente.

Adding to value is the hearty serving size. The punchy chilli sauce—tangy and garlick-y—is very appetising.

Chiew Kee Chicken Noodle House

Upper Cross StreetAsianChinese

Opening hours: 8am-6.30pm, closed alternate Wed

Price: from $3.00

Rating: 3/5

Chiew Kee serves a more-than-decent soy sauce chicken noodle. However, among its peers in this roundup, Chiew Kee pales in comparison.

Their noodles are excellent. Eggy, thin and delightfully springy, they betray no hint of alkaline. But the chicken suffers from a weak marinade that could do with more depth and fragrance. The bird was also slightly overcooked, leading to soggy meat that lacks bite.

The sweet dressing for the noodles would find favour with those who prefer their sauces on the sweet side. But it could be improved with more complexity and depth. Portions here are on the small side.

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Julia Khoo
Julia Khoo
Julia Khoo is a passionate foodie, freelance writer, photographer, and mommy of two precocious little girls. She is often guilty of feeding her camera before she feeds her kids – it’s a harmless occupational hazard. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, baking, and browsing brick-and-mortar bookstores – where you’ll most probably find her in the Food & Drink section.
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