Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Kim's Place ..... where's the uncle with long sleeve shirt and Rolex cooking my prawn mee?

Kim's Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles
When I searched for a venue to bring my parents for a X'mas eve dinner, I recalled a radio program visiting Kim's Place. Folks on that program sounds like they all enjoyed the food there. It's been a long while since I had Kim's Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles so it's a opportunity to satisfy some nostalgia.

If you've actually live long enough in Singapore, you would have heard about the older Mr. Kim donning a white long sleeve shirt, folding the sleeves a little to reveal the gold Rolex. This was his attire for cooking one of the best Hokkien fried prawn noodles for you. Well in the corporate world, dressing well portrays professionalism and boost self confidence why not in the world of gourmet. Mr. Kim had been setting up is stalls in several places throughout the years and the last time I had Kim's Hokkien fried prawn noodle was in the S11 stal in Ang Mo Kio Central.

Now the younger Mr. Kim runs the business and have set up a restaurant in Joo Chiat Place under a conservation corner unit shop house. The restaurant is right opposite an open public car park with ample parking. Kim's Place doesn't only serve their popular fried prawn noodles but also fresh seafood.

We've ordered quite a few dishes that the waitress recommended but HY and I felt that only a couple stood out. Kim's Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles is definitely one of the best around.  Kim's version is not too wet. It's served with crispy pork lard and sambal chilli that was place at the side and for us to mix in as much as want. From the glass panelled kitchen windows, I saw several cooks but didn't see anyone totting the long sleeve shirt and gold Rolex watch. Maybe that's why I felt that there was that missing magic touch for our plate of noodles. It was still very good though. There's the version which is cooked with oysters if you need the extra aphrodisiac factor.

Apart from the noodles, the Black Pepper Crab that we ordered was quite good although HY was quick to notice that it had a distinct buttery taste. Black Pepper Butter crab? I thought it was a tasty twist as I liked both the black pepper and buttery taste.

The rest of the dishes that we ordered like, Fried egg with shrimps, stir fried asparagus with scallops and Fried cereal prawns were just "run of the mill." Something that we thought should be much better from the look of the restaurant.

Deep Fried Cereal Prawn
Stir fried asparagus with scallops
Here's a snap shot of how the restaurant looks like at night while I was standing at the corner of the car park where we parked our car.

Even the dinner wasn't really very gratifying, all of us concluded that Kim's Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles and Black Pepper Crab was good. HY and I made a mental note that this is definitely one extra venue for our weekday takeaway dinner ..... but only for the Hokkien Fried Prawn Noodles. 

*Kim has several outlets now check out their website for the other addresses.

43 Joo Chiat Place (Junction of Tembeling Road)
Tel : +65 67421119

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