During this year’s Vesak Day, I had my plans set on visiting Victor’s Kitchen in Somerset with my friend Leroy to partake in some of their Dim Sum of which I have heard rave reviews. However, it was not meant to be when the train service was disrupted in Sembawang so we hopped on a chartered bus to Yishun. There, I randomly picked a bus that would bring us to the city and before I knew it I was off on a very long journey to Suntec City.
Still, there is this thing about long bus journeys that make you want to get off at the next stop. It just so happens that we chose a random bus stop to alight at, with no idea where we were, and no MRT station as a landmark to get our bearings from. It was just shophouses, shophouses, and more shophouses.
It was nearly lunchtime, and the nearest hawker center looked promising. True enough, within the establishment were stalls featuring the traditional favourites such as carrot cake, chicken rice, and the more atas hawker fare such as dim sum, north indian cuisine, cze char. But it was a particular stall that attracted my attention, more so ever with many hungry patrons giving their attention to that particular dish.
It was wanton noodles, and if there was a queue, it would only deem fitting as a Singaporean to join in as well. The stall is managed by an old couple and a lady. It is certainly a heartwarming feeling that you know this is one meal which is going to be done just right for you. The flavours of history is certainly not one to be trifled with.
There are two sizes of serving for the wanton noodles, $3.50/$4.50. I had the larger portion and seriously, it looked good. I found the noodles to be very “q” to the bite with just the right amount of chilli spices added. The noodles are also wonderfully flavoured as prior to serving, the aunty ladled a spoonful of what I guess is a secret stock of chicken oil which coated the noodles in a slurpingly good style.
Boiled wantons were also good with a generous stuffing of meat, and yes they do serve tomato ketchup and more chilli if you want it in your noodles, the old fashion way.
As for the large portion of fried wantons ($5.50 for 14 pieces), I was delighted to find it crisp, not too oily, with a generous amount of meat stuffing within. Usually, the fried wanton skin will overpower any filling but this time round, I could taste the juices that burst from within. Shiok!
Kok Kee Wanton Noodle is located at New Century Food Paradise along Jalan Besar road, and for me, it is a gem find when I simply alighted from the bus.
|Kok Kee Wanton Noodle
New Century Food Paradise Hawker Center
380 Jalan Besar