At Hong Lim food centre, there are 3 chicken curry bee hoon mee stalls. Besides the famous Ah Heng and Heng Kee where there are always long queues, there is another stall, Ping Ping, which is somewhat under the radar.
And, Ping Ping is no also-ran either - the stall has been around at the then Ellenborough Market (also known as Teochew Market) since 60 years ago. Ping Ping is my friends Benny and Peter's favourite, and I could only get to taste this old school curry chicken bee hoon mee after missing it a few times because it was sold out.
Mr Goh and his wife are the second generation owners. Ping Ping was founded by Mr Goh's father.
I picked the SGD5 one, which is the largest serving.
The bowl of bee hoon mee come flooded with orangey hued curry and topped with large chunks of poached chicken and fish cake slices. No potatoes.
The curry was watery, wasn't overloaded with coconut milk. It's quite sweet, with discernible chicken flavour. The spice flavour was also very mild. There was little, or hardly any spicy sting at all.
The chicken was fresh, tender, cooked through (except for a bit of marrow) and the meat was moist. There was some firmness to the bite. The was also a nice chicky flavour, especially in the soft skin and fat. Ping Ping's chicken is more or less the same as that at good Hainanese chicken rice stalls.
The fish cake slices were generic but they have a likeable floppy softness and slight savoury sweetness.
The taupok sponges up the curry broth and adds to it it's own savoury taste.
The generic bee hoon and yellow mee were done to a slight firmness to the bite. I like this texture.
The pulpy house made chili paste was salty and just very mildly spicy. It will do a good job spicing up the curry, but I prefer the curry as it is.
2-Star (out of 5). Ping Ping's curry chicken at Hong Lim food centre is a little too mildly flavoured for my taste buds but it is very well liked by people who appreciate it's subtleness and clean taste. You may like it, if you enjoy milder, gentler, lighter curries too. Ping Ping has stood the test of time and has a loyal following, which speaks for itself about the stall's curry chicken.
Restaurant name: Ping Ping Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee潮州街平平咖喱米粉面
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #02-27 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre
Hours: 7:00am to 2:00pm (forgot to ask the boss about their off day 😂)
Date visited: 11 Oct 2016
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