Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup: Kidney Mee Sua
Seng Kee may be known for its black herbal chicken and tze char items such as crab been hoon at the Changi Road branch, but it is the kidney mee sua that charmed its loyal fans at its Kaki Bukit stall.
Truth is, I am no pork kidney lover. I find its part rubbery, part crunchy texture quite off putting. But I tried it anyway because most of the diners at the hawker centre were eating the kidney mee sua, which happens to be one of its signature dishes.
The kidney mee sua ($5.00) arrived in a non-descript red bowl. It was covered with a dark, thick soup which emitted a herbal aroma. When scooped up, there were generous portions of neatly cut up pieces of pork kidney and lean pork slices.
If you like your soup herbal and slightly peppery, this would be the perfect choice on a rainy day. The herbal taste was not so overpowering so you could still taste the pork kidney and pork slices in it. The best part of the dish was the mee sua. It was silky smooth but not soggy.
If kidneys are not your cup of tea, you can try the pig organ soup or lean meat soup ($3.50/$4.50/$5.00) which is just as tasty and fragrant. This is especially if you do not like a ‘porky’ aftertaste in your broth.
Many customers are also here for the other tonic soups such as ginseng black chicken, ginseng pig brain, and pig trotter vinegar—dishes so rare you may only find in grandma’s kitchen today.
Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
Blk 511 Bedok North Street 3
#01-31/32 Kaki Bukit 511 Market and Food Centre
Opening hours: Daily: 5pm-4am
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