Saturday, 14 April 2018

Fei Ye Ye 肥爷爷 Wanton Noodle with Soya Sauce Chicken in Chinatown Complex

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Had Fei Ye Ye's wanton mee with soya sauce chicken for lunch in Chinatown Complex today. I enjoyed it as the wanton mee was old school and the soya sauce chicken was tender, juicy and sweet.

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Fei Ye Ye 肥爷爷 is stall #02-177 in the Blue Zone, right in front of the elevators.

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Fei Ye Ye 肥爷爷 is run by husband and wife team, Sebastian and May. Sebastian learnt his craft from the Taiwanese and Hong Kong restaurants he worked for in New York City in the 1980s and 1990s. Sebastian recalls those wide-eyed decades in NYC Chinatown fondly. Sebastian's soya sauce chicken is one of Fei Ye Ye's signatures which he developed from what he learnt in NYC HK restaurants.

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While at the stall, I smelled the lovely aroma of freshly fried pork lard. Fei Ye Ye still uses fresh pork lard and cracklings in their wanton mee sauce. They also make their own sambal chill at the stall.

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The mound of egg noodles was topped with meaty chicken drumstick and leg. I like the way the drippy sauce sat in a shallow pool at the bottom of the plate as it reminded me of the wanton mee of my childhood. At the side were a few stalks of greens (choy sum), sambal chili and fresh lard cracklings.

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The way to eat this old school wanton mee is to toss, fold, and turn the egg noodles in the drippy sauce until it mopped up all the liquid with none left on the plate.

The slender egg noodles were done to a quite firm texture with a stiff springy bite. The wet strands were well coated with mild savoury spicy sauce which had the nice underlying taste of lard. I enjoyed these slurpy chewy noodles.

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The chicken was cooked to 99% done. It was tender, juicy, and smooth to the bite. The flavour was mild and leaned on the sweet side with underlying savouriness (this contrasts with other soya sauce chicken sold in Chinatown as they are generally robustly savoury/ salty. For example, Michelin Star Hawker Chan's is very salty, in comparison). I enjoyed Fei Ye Ye's mildly flavoured soya sauce chicken, especially for its juicy tenderness.

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Sebastian massages his chicken before cooking to tenderise the meat. He uses no chemical tenderisers and swears that it makes all the difference 😄

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The fresh well browned lard cracklings looked gorgeous and tasted great.

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The soya sauce chicken noodle come with wantons in a savoury sweet soup.

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Fei Ye Ye also has char siew wanton mee.

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Wanton mee with deep fried chicken feet stewed with aromatic Chinese spices till fall-off-the-bone tender.

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👉 In the crowded world of soya sauce chicken in Chinatown, Fei Ye Ye's version is a worthy contender. Fei Ye Ye offers a milder sweeter take on the dish whereas most stalls serve soya sauce chicken which are robustly salty/ savoury with pronounced spice flavour. If you have a gentle palate, you will like this gentler soya sauce chicken. You would also appreciate the tenderness of Fei Ye Ye's offering.

Next time, I shall try half bird ($7.50) or whole bird ($14).

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Restaurant name: Fei Ye Ye Food Traditional 肥爷爷传统美食
Address: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-177, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335 (Blue Zone)      
GPS: 1°16'57.7"N 103°50'34.4"E | 1.282705, 103.842889 
Waze: Chinatown Complex
Hours: 7:00am to 1:00pm (Mon & Tues off)

Non Halal  

Date visited: 12 Apr 2018  

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2 comments:

  1. Dear Tony,

    They do not give you so many lard crackles. I only got 2 small pieces on my plate. Maybe should ask for more next time. The lard crackles really boost the taste of the dish of soya chicken noodles

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  2. Dear Tony,

    They do not give you so many lard crackles. I only got 2 small pieces on my plate. Maybe should ask for more next time. The lard crackles really boost the taste of the dish of soya chicken noodles

    ReplyDelete

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