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Bee Kee Wanton Noodles (美記雲吞面)

Bee Kee Wanton Noodles (美記雲吞面) opened in March 2014 and my friend Vincent raved about their wonton noodles, so I went to try it last month but had been too busy to blog about it.

However, I had recently heard that they also sell Truffle Noodles although it is not on the menu (i.e. secret menu), thus I went back to find out if it was true…

When I arrived at the stall, I enquired about the Truffle Noodles and guess what – they do indeed sell it!! Curious moi then asked why it wasn’t listed on the menu and I was told it was because this dish takes a longer time to prepare!

You can order the truffle version of either the wonton noodles or braised pork soft bone noodles. Their recommendation is to have it with the braised pork and mee pok instead of mee kia as the mee pok has more surface area to be able to soak up the truffle gravy.

Ok, I went with the recommended combination and was eagerly anticipating how it would taste, whilst waiting for the dish to be prepared…

Braised Pork Soft Bone Truffle Noodles (滷肉軟骨松露面) – $6.50 per serving
This is more expensive than the other items on their menu but it is still cheaper than having truffle noodles in a restaurant! Was worth the price? I must say that I do like it and agree that the mee pok can soak up the truffle gravy which is found buried beneath the noodles. Make sure you mix well in order to evenly coat the noodles with the sauce! This will then result in every mouthful of the noodles having a fragrant mushroomy taste and it was a symphony for my taste buds! (Oops…I didn’t take a picture of the gravy as I was too busy slurping it all up! LOL…)

Loved the flavour of the braised pork with soft bones as it was well marinated, the meat wasn’t dry and it tasted somewhat like those canned stewed pork which you can find in the supermarkets. I was expecting some crunch from the bones when I bit into the tasty morsels of meat but to my surprise the bones were so soft that you don’t even know they’re there!

I don’t usually eat mee pok as I find the kansui (lye water) taste is stronger in mee pok than mee kia. However, the noodles here don’t have that alkaline taste and that suited me just fine!

The next few dishes were what I had tried on my first visit…

Wanton in Chilli Oil Vinegar (紅油抄手) – My friends ordered this and I sampled one. The wonton went well with the sourness of the vinegar and spiciness of the chilli oil – somehow its taste reminded me of bak chor mee but without the noodles! I love vinegar so this dish appealed to me very much! Haha…

Original Wanton Noodles (招牌雲吞面) – This noodle dish comes with aburi char siew and both steamed and fried wontons. The noodles were nice and springy but I felt the sauce seemed to lack something and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I then had an idea and took the sauce from the “Wanton in Chilli Oil Vinegar” dish, mixed it into the noodles and voila – it was perfect! My hubby scolded me as this was wonton mee and not bak chor mee but I felt the culmination of flavours was perfect and the noodles tasted good with the vinegar and chilli oil!!

Verdict:  The braised pork soft bone meat was delicious and I will most definitely go back again for the truffle noodles! This is one of the places to go to if you need an inexpensive truffle fix! ^_^

Bee Kee Wanton Noodles (美記雲吞面)
Blk 2, Lorong Lew Lian
Chuen Kee Restaurant
Singapore 531002.

Tel: +65 9327 2213

Opening Hours:
Tuesday-Sunday 7:30am – 2:30pm
Closed on Monday.

Getting There:
Nearest MRT: Serangoon station, take exit D and walk for about 5 min.

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Houtou Noodles 「ほうとう」 – a Yamanashi specialty

Houtou or Hōtō 「ほうとう」 is a popular noodle hotpot dish (nabemono), which is local to Yamanashi Prefecture in Japan. You can find this local specialty around the Fuji 5 Lakes region at specialized restaurants, hotels, ryokan and other eating establishments.

This dish is often served in an iron pot and its soup is traditionally a miso based broth with pumpkin and other seasonal vegetables added. In addition, the noodles in the soup resemble extra thick udon noodles and they are chewier too!

Apparently, in the early days the locals tried to popularize hōtō as a tourist food by advertising it as the meal consumed by Takeda Shingen, the regional warlord during the era of warring states, and his samurai soldiers before going into battle.

I had previously seen hōtō being featured in one of the Japanese travel programmes on TV and as I had planned a short trip to Lake Kawaguchi, I made it a point to go try this hotpot. There are several restaurants which serve this dish but I was on a tight schedule and couldn’t afford to spend too much time travelling around for food, thus I picked the most convenient restaurant to get to, which is located directly opposite from the train and bus stations.

The exterior of the restaurant is covered with wooden panelling which makes it look like one of those traditional Japanese houses.

Main entrance to the restaurant:

The restaurant was quite full and we had to share a table with two Japanese ladies. We then placed our orders for the Houtou noodles (¥1080 per serving, inclusive of tax) and the table was set as per the picture below.

That squarish metal thingy is similar to a trivet, on which the hot iron pot will be placed on.

Wow…the serving looks quite big and I noticed that the 2 Japanese ladies who were seated next to us were unable to finish them. Most diners had ordered one pot of noodles each and we had followed suit.

Do be careful as the iron pot is hot and from the signs found at each table, you have already been warned!

The next photo will give you an idea of how big the iron pot is – you can either eat directly from the pot or transfer the noodles into the smaller bowl which is provided.

I couldn’t help overhearing the two Japanese ladies’ conversation as we were sharing the same table and they were talking so animatedly and trying to search for pieces of pumpkin in their pots of noodles but only one of them managed to find some and the other said she couldn’t find any, so she concluded it was completely dissolved in her soup! Hmm…upon hearing that, I started looking in mine to see if I could find any pieces of pumpkin in my pot of noodles and managed to find one which wasn’t dissolved! Yay!! It was nice and soft and tasted sweet. ^_^

I must say that the noodles were delicious and the soup was a hearty broth which really warms your heart as well as stomach! The ingredients were very fresh and the pumpkin soup had a nice consistency which was neither too thick nor watery. Believe it or not, I managed to finish everything! Yes, it was THAT good!!

When you are ready to make your payment, bring the bill that was placed faced down on your table, to the cashier counter. The restaurant also sells some local foodstuffs from around the region which you can purchase as souvenirs.

(opposite Kawaguchiko station)

Phone: 0555-72-5560

Opening Hours: 11am 〜 7pm
If you are planning to dine here in the evenings or after 4pm on a weekday, please phone ahead to confirm the restaurant’s closing time as they will usually close shop when the noodles run out.

Getting There:
It takes half a minute to walk across to the restaurant from the Kawaguchiko train and bus stations.

By Train from Tokyo:
From Shinjuku take the JR Chuo Line「中央線」, change at Otsuki station「大月駅」 to the Fujikyu Railway「富士急行線」 to Kawaguchiko Station「河口湖駅」, which is the final stop.

By Highway Bus from Tokyo:
From Shinjuku’s West Exit Highway Bus terminal, board the Highway Bus headed for Kawaguchiko「河口湖」 or Yamanakako「山中湖」 and alight at Kawaguchiko Station「河口湖駅」.

There are 3 other branches of this restaurant besides the one which I visited.

North Kawaguchiko Head Store – 10 min by taxi from Kawaguchiko station.

South Kawaguchiko Store – 5 min by taxi from Kawaguchiko station.

Higashi Koiji Store – 8 min by taxi from Kawaguchiko station.
If you are feeling adventurous, you can choose to visit this branch of the restaurant as it is housed in a specially designed building which resembles a cloud (I personally think it looks like an igloo!).

Map Image Credit: Houtou Fudou

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