June 14, 2015

Soi 19, Thai Wanton Mee, Singapore…simple, plain and unassuming

Thai wanton mee is a simple dish: dumplings are made with sweet tasting pork held together by a delicate wrapper and served with springy egg noodles. I have discovered that when done right, Thai wonton mee need not be the cheap appetizer of choice, but a worthy dish unto itself.

Truth be told, there is really nothing extraordinary about Soi 19 in Singapore. These wonton are nice, delicate and lightly crunchy with sweet tasting pork. Those who must have condiments can load up on chilli flakes, sliced chillies and fish sauce, laid out at the stall. Overall, the unadorned bowl which included some extremely thinly, sliced char siu is simple, plain and unassuming. Lunchtime queues attest to the popularity of this place. The stall is low on character, but the crowds of locals and an open kitchen keep things buzzing.

Those who are fans of the Cantonese Hong Kong style of wanton noodles would frown at this but given Singaporeans’ familiarity with Thai street food, this is as good as it gets to the real thing. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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