Thursday, March 2, 2017

First Bite: Wee Nam Kee

Wee Nam Kee has been around for several years now, but for some reason, it never succeeded in attracting me to any of its branches. And the weird part is that I love Hainanese chicken. But it was in my fate to eventually step inside Wee Nam Kee and that day finally came two months ago. 

Hello, Wee Nam Kee!
We visited its Serendra branch one Friday night and we were instantly greeted by warm yellow lights and a crowd feasting on some Singaporean signature dishes. 
Plate after plate of scrumptious looking dishes were served on our table while another server was busy serving everyone glasses of Iced Lemon Tea (PHP70 | PHP95, bottomless). 
As a Wee Nam Kee first-timer, I didn’t know that the dishes served to us were the Singaporean restaurant’s new offerings. 
The Laksa Lava Fish Cake (PHP195 / 2 pieces) was an instant favorite as the beautiful contrast between the silky fish cakes and crunchy breading was addicting. 
The delightful laksa curry filling also added oomph to the dish making it a superb appetizer. If you happen to have very low tolerance to spicy food, fret not as this dish is mildly spiced. 
My eyes were on the Cereal Soft Shelled Crab (PHP658, 2 piece) and Chili Soft Shelled Crab (PHP658, 2 pieces) as soon as both were placed on the table. And both did not disappoint in the taste department. 
The Cereal Soft Shelled Crab, just like its sister Cereal Prawns, were crunchy and had a divine sweet taste with a bit of spicy kick. But just like Laksa Lava Fish Cake, its spiciness was tolerable. 
Chili Soft Shelled Crab, on the other hand, had onion rings as the bed of the battered soft shelled crab covered in sweet-spicy sauce that gave a gentle hot kick at the end of each bite. 
The Braised Beef Brisket with Potatoes (PHP380) was another dish that tickled my tastebuds. The succulent beef brisket chunks and potato balls were beautifully coated with a peach flavored sauce that made the dish enjoyably sweet. But I had to eat this with some rice as it is quite rich in flavor. 
A trip to Wee Nam Kee is not complete without indulging in its bestselling teamed Hainanese Yellow Chicken (PHP455, small | PHP898, medium | PHP1,688, large). 

I managed to get a portion of the tender and juicy poultry and loved it with a generous serving of ginger.
However, if I were to choose between steamed and roasted, I’d go with roasted (PHP234, personal set | PHP352, small | PHP618, medium | PHP1,045, large)  as I love its smokey taste. And with Wee Nam Kee’s superb culinary staff, the chicken remained moist and simply delectable. 

Overall, it was a great dining experience. All the dishes served to us were delightful and would make me go back for more. 

Tip: Lazy to go out for lunch or dinner? Wee Nam Kee is also available for delivery through Food Panda PH

Wee Nam Kee is located at Ground Floor, Serendra, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

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