I mentioned in an earlier post that there is a supper joint I’m currently in love with. And this is it! Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup in Kembangan.
The name of the eatery has ‘Black Herbal Chicken Soup’ in it, but honestly, I think the winner there is their herbal pork meat/liver/kidney mee sua soup. This dish is truly stunning in its simplicity and immense flavour. I’ve tried a few variations – mee sua with pork (sliced lean meat) only, mee sua with pork and liver, just soup with these two versions, ($5 or $6, for regular or large) and just plain herbal soup, which they put beancurd skin in ($3).
And all of these are good. My favourite is the version with pork meat and liver though – the meaty flavour is well distributed within the soup, with bits of pork floating about in it, signs of how long they have been boiling together with it. Such that, every mouthful has a very satisfying and tasty meaty yet herbal taste to it. The slightly herbal taste comes from the base soup I think, which when served alone, is an intense black colour – likely from the Chinese herbs.
The mee sua is nice too, soft and silky smooth. I’d say the meat is slightly tough though, and the beancurd skin in the soup versions are a bit on the chewy side too. Still worth the trip purely for the soup though. I don’t know how else to describe the lovely, rich and delicious soup, but if you’re ever in the East and thinking of having supper, this is a place worth trying!
Seng Kee also does the usual ‘zi char’ dishes like cereal prawns, crabs, stir-fried vegetables etc – tried the stir-fried broccoli and pork rib king dish, these were alright. But they had some star items for this category that we happened to try – the Crispy Prawn Rolls (around $11) and Fried Ngoh Hiang ($11 for small).
These were both SO delicious! Fried to a nice crisp yet moist and juicy inside, and packed full with the flavour of prawns and meat (and some prawns too) respectively. Not too oily, and they went nicely with the mayonaise and sweet sauce that came along with these. I really enjoy these little fried delights.
I think I did try the black chicken herbal soup before as well; if I remember correctly, this wasn’t too bad.
So anyway, I know I’ve waxed lyrical about the soup, but really, it’s just that good. Been going there with Z almost every week for supper, and each time, we went home satisfied.
Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup
467 Changi Road (opposite Kembangan MRT station)
Tel: 6746 4089
Open daily from 5.00pm to 4.00am
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*[Update: I went there multiple times in 2018/19 to eat again when I was taking Korean lessons at Kembangan Plaza and discovered even more wonderful dishes, like the otah, white mee sua and even the fish soup! This place is truly a neighbourhood gem.]