Get three of your Singaporean friends together to try a hawker stall, and you’ll get three different opinions.
That’s pretty much what happened when I recommended Wah Kee Noodle on the second level of the Amoy Street Food Centre to three of my colleagues – all of whom know their hawker food.
This is one of my favourite wanton mee stalls in Singapore and I expected all of them to love the food unhesitatingly. Not quite.
CY, the sole lady in our group had the noodles without chilli, as did two of us guys, and she said the sauce was bland, preferring the sauce at Soon Kee wanton noodles at Pek Kio Market at Cambridge Road (which I also think is good).
As for me, the sauce was just right to my taste, and neither too sweet nor salty. Another colleague, WX, who had the chilli version felt it wasn’t as flavourful as he’d like – his favourite is the famous wanton mee stall at Tiong Bahru Market (which I also think is great).
Luckily, my last colleague, JN seemed to enjoy it all. No comparisons with other wanton mee stalls, at least.
One point of agreement on my recommendation was that all three of my colleagues really enjoyed the char siew (barbecued pork, or cha shao in Mandarin).
The char siew is the thing that sets this stall apart from others. I find the char siew at Wah Kee is always nicely charred and that the fatty parts (which most wanton mee stalls don’t have) add to the texture and taste. Worth the trip here just for the char siew. And I’m not even a char siew lover in the first place as I prefer sio bak (crispy roasted pork or shao rou in Mandarin). In fact, when ordering wanton mee elsewhere I often exclude the char siew and have more wantons. So this is good enough to make me change my rating habits.
The wantons (pork dumplings) that were served together with each plate of wanton mee were plump and tasty. The four of us also shared a large bowl of soi kow (shrimp dumplings). Plump and delicious.
This stall attracts lines in the morning for breakfast and later at lunchtime. If you want to beat the crowd, a good time to visit would be when we went, at about 9am, when the morning office workers who’ve had breakfast have left.
Anyway, despite the minor points of disagreement on the stall, I noted that everyone finished every last morsel on their plates.
Meal eaten on Friday, 13 May 2016 at 9:10am
The plate of noodles was $4.50, as it had extra char siew. If you order a $4.50 (big) plate instead of a $3.50 (small) plate, you can specify what you want more of – char siew or wantons or soi kow.
The bowl of soi kow was a big $4.50 bowl
Wah Kee Noodle
Stall 02-125, Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road,
Note: despite the fact that the address is on Maxwell Road, if you’re driving, the nearest streets are Telok Ayer Street and Amoy Street, both of which have street coupon parking.
This photo has the full pricing: