It is unfortunate that Mak’s Noodles has a poor reputation in Singapore. A simple online search reveals numerous complaints about the wonton noodle restaurant’s small portion sizes, salty noodles, and the perception that it provides little value for money. Its lacklustre reputation in Singapore is a far cry from its illustrious Michelin-starred roots in Hong Kong. But the situation in Singapore is not as dire as these online accounts would have you believe.
After three visits in the past month to the Centrepoint outlet (there are two other branches at Vivocity and Westgate), I have concluded that:
1) Portions are no longer as small as they used to be. The restaurant has been aware of the charge that its previously palm-sized portions were farcical. It now proclaims— courtesy of a poster placed at its shopfront—that “the bigger (our dishes), the better.” The quantity of noodles compares favourably with most wonton noodle joints.
The Abalone and Dumpling Tossed Noodle ($14.80++) is good value for money
2) Most dishes provide good value for money. Take its King Prawn Tossed Noodle (available only at The Centrepoint; $13.80++), for instance. Featuring a substantial king prawn atop springy noodles liberally seasoned with shrimp roe, the dish was a delight. I felt like I was getting immense value for a dish that would probably cost two times more at an upmarket eatery.
Ditto for the Abalone and Dumpling Tossed Noodle ($14.80++). While the abalones were not particularly large, they were fragrant, firm, and juicy. Together with two substantial accompanying dumplings, I was pleased with so much goodness on the plate.
Shiitake Mushroom & Fresh Prawn Wonton Noodle Soup ($7.90++)
3) Most of the noodle dishes are still salty, however. On my first (invited) visit to the Centrepoint branch, I had nothing to quibble about the Shiitake Mushroom & Fresh Prawn Wonton Tossed Noodle ($8.80 ++). But my latter two unaanounced trips to the same joint showed up the dish’s saltiness. This is a disappointing development, given the eatery’s otherwise promising performance.
Mak’s seemingly humble-looking chilli sauce deserves to be singled out
4) Mak’s Noodles’ chilli sauce deserves praise. I enjoyed how piquant it was. Interestingly, it reminded me of Nando’s Peri Peri Sweet Chilli Sauce in terms of how it looked and tasted.
Would I visit Mak’s Noodles again? The answer is yes. It’s not my favourite wonton noodle joint in Singapore, given its lack of standout quality and inconsistent delivery. But if you are in town and looking for a decent and fuss-free meal, Mak’s Noodles should be on your shortlist. You won’t go too far wrong with it.
Thank you Mak’s Noodles for the invitation.
176 Orchard Road
Tel: 6235 5778
3 Gateway Dr
Tel: 6250 3858
1 Harbourfront Walk
#B2-27 & 27A
Tel: 6358 2582
Opening Hours: 11 am – 10 pm daily (last order at 9.30 pm)