The best finds are often concealed in simple settings. Kai’s Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh’s nondescript setup may not stand out much from its comparatively famous neighbours at Old Airport Road Food Centre, but this newcomer nevertheless packs a world of flavour and heart in each bowl of mee hoon kueh.
Occupying a single unit at the far end of the ground level, Kai’s Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh can be spotted by its distinctive signboard. The choice to serve mee hoon kueh supposedly resulted from the owners’ desire to appeal to residents of the surrounding mature estates by serving comfort food that’s also not as commonly established as other hawker dishes here.
True to its name, each bowl of noodles is freshly made upon order, with the thick strands hand made and torn to yield thick, chewy pieces that are hard to find amongst other stalls that have resorted to machines for faster production.
Noodles are priced affordably from $4 – $4.50, and can be enjoyed both dry and in a soup. Aside from these traditional flavours, you can also find fairly modernised versions such as la mian and miso.
For the dry version, you can enjoy it with a special blend of dark soy sauce, vinegar, and housemade shrimp chilli oil. The onsen egg adds some yolky richness to the noodles.
The signature soup, which was created in-house by brewing chicken feet, bones, vegetables, and herbs, tastes comforting and nourishing, and definitely does not hold back on flavour.
Mee hoon kueh is fairly uncommon compared to other popular noodle dishes like bak chor mee and wanton mee, so it’s heartening to see younger generations not only attempt to preserve this homely dish, but also modernise it by combining it with other flavours from around the region. And with the recent dip in temperatures, now’s a good time to give them a try!