I’ve heard lots of good things about Keng Eng Kee (KEK) Seafood in Bukit Merah and decided to give it a try along with a family birthday celebration. It was easy to make a phone reservation just a day before, but do call earlier if you have firmed up plans, to ensure air-con availability.
- Salted Egg Crab $70/kg *highly recommended*
Crabs seem to command better prices that rare minerals like gold or diamonds! It was just 2 years ago when 1kg of crabs cost $50, but nevertheless, these Indian crabs are fleshy. The salted egg sauce was so good, you know it’s real salted egg and not the powered artificial salted egg, due to the graininess of the sauce. Not to mention, the taste. Sadly, KEK does no serve fried mantous, only the steamed mantous at $1 per piece. In the background of this photo, you can see 2 mantous, they’re pretty big but I would still prefer to dip fried mantous into the sauce. The crab tasted reasonably fresh, but I felt that the chef had fried the crab for too long, resulting in the meat being stuck to parts of the shell.
This mingzhu roll is definitely a worthy cause to visit KEK. With salted egg right in the middle, this is so pretty and yet delicious. This dish came straight to our table within 2 minutes of ordering. I was confused if this order belonged to another table, but the staff insisted it was for us. The batter is light and crispy. The mushrooms were juicy and added alot of flavour.
Probably their number 1 seller is their fried hor fun. Served with a raw egg. This dish is one of a kind, the wok hei can be subtly picked up by you sense of smell, but the taste of the wok hei is so vivid to your tastebud! The egg helps to make the hor fun wet, and when we ordered both a $5 and a $8 portion, we felt that they gave the same amount of ingredients, with 1 egg in each dish. Maybe they gave us more noodles, but we couldn’t see the difference.
There’s prawns, lup cheong (chinese sausage), squids and some slices of fish mixed into the delicious and fragrant fried hor fun. I definitely want to come back to KEK seafood for this!
A family favourite that we usually order at every zi char, tasted rather ordinary here at KEK. The pieces were quite small and wasn’t quite what we expected since the other dishes had set our expectations much higher. Skip this and also skip the hot plate tofu, it was bland and a waste of $10.
5. Coffee Pork Ribs *highly recommended*
The coffee pork ribs were so addictive. The meat was boneless and tender. The coffee sauce wasn’t too sweet or over powering. The meat had a tad sweetness and chewiness in every bite. The coffee sauce was the bomb!
Overall : A great place for a family meal. It cost us $180 including drinks for 7 adults.
Name : Keng Eng Kee Seafood
Address : 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136, 150124
Hours : 12-2pm, 5-10pm
Telephone no. : 6272 1038 (Call early if you want to sit in the air-con area)