4th August 2014.
Swee Kee Fishhead Noodle House located along Amoy Street is one of those restaurants that I had wanted to visit for a long time. The family-ran restaurant has a long illustrious history going back to the 1940s and have at least 4 other branches in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia today.
The interiors at their Amoy Street restaurant sure evokes some kind of nostalgia with the tiled floors and fluorescent lighting etc that reminds me of a 1980s-1990s building. We had the Noodles with Fish Slices and a plate of Har Cheong Kai (Prawn Paste Chicken). It was rather disappointing though, the fish soup lacks the robust rich flavour that I could find elsewhere (perhaps it is because they don't use milk as they claimed?)
The Har Cheong Kai which was just average as well.
In short the food was barely satisfactory at Swee Kee and it isn’t cheap when compared to their hawker or neighbourhood tze-char counterparts (some of which serves much better fish soup and prawn paste chicken). Perhaps it was the nostalgia that surrounds Swee Kee and the sentimental value of Swee Kee for generations of patrons who visited it over the years that kept it going. I do hope our experience was an isolated case.
96 Amoy Street