Address: Blk 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-136, Singapore 150124
A group of ex-colleagues and I had a 'family reunion' dinner. We were recommended to Keng Eng Kee Restaurant located at Alexandra Village. It is a simple restaurant that resides within a coffeeshop. When we reached the restaurant, there were a huge crowd and the number of tables were set within the perimeters of the coffeeshop.
The restaurant had two Lunar New Year Set menus and we ordered ala carte dishes. We ordered about nine dishes, including the signature dish - Coffee Spare Ribs for ten people.
We spent around SGD185.00 for ten people. I would recommend dining at Keng Eng Kee Seafood. It serves great seafood at affordable prices.
Before we started our main meal, we had the Prosperity Toss or Yu Sheng (鱼生) as a symbol of abundance, prosperity and vigor.
As usual, we ordered a Hot Plate Beancurd (铁板豆腐). The dish had egg tofu, mushrooms and onions. The hot plate was heated up and an egg was cracked on the hot plate. The rest of the tofu was placed onto the sizzling hot hot plate. (Food rating: 3/5)
Prawn rolls (虾棗) is one of the restaurant's home-made specialty. Each roll is a blend of minced pork, carrot, prawn and water chestnut. The ingredients were wrapped with beancurd skin. This is one of the must-order dishes when you are dining at Keng Eng Kee. (Food rating: 3.5/5)
Their signature dish - Coffee Pork Ribs (咖啡排骨) was a delightful dish. The pork was extremely tender and the rich coffee and sesame seeds brought out the rich and fragrant aroma. I liked the dish but coffee made me high as a kite. If you are coffee intolerant, try not to eat too many of them. (Food rating: 3/5)
Instead of Chicken or Beef, we ordered Ginger and Onion Deer Meat (姜葱鹿肉) for a change. The meat was very tender and the sauce was great with the rice. (Food rating: 3/5)
The Chinese Spinach with three eggs (三蛋芫菜) is one of the Cantonese vegetable cuisines. Duck Egg, Century Egg and Chicken Egg were used to cook with the Chinese Spinach. The Chinese Spinach was perfectly blanched. (Food rating: 3/5)
The Salted Egg Sotong (咸蛋苏东) was amazingly delicious. It was different from the usual deep fried sotong (or calamari) I ate at other restaurants. Each sotong slices were crispy with a tint of saltiness from the egg. The curry leaves added the fragrant aroma. This was the highlight of the entire dinner. The Salted Egg Sotong was very well-received by everyone at the dinner. (Food rating: 4/5)