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March 1, 2020

Annie1, Petaling Jaya…it’s all a-okay

Big menus are commonplace in Malaysia. The menu at Annie1 looks longer than the complete musings of Confucius.

Famous Menglembu wanton mee is absurdly satisfying: They are the very definition of joyous slurp. The noodles are springy and the charsiews are the star of the dish. There is no way to eat this food elegantly so don’t bother trying. Just get your mouth over the plate, lift the noodles and suck. Festoon yourself in napkins tucked into every crevice of your clothing as if you are trying to mitigate the impact of a blast zone, which in a way you are. I was also moved to speechlessness by their Chee cheong fun pork curry – this is a good place to try these rice noodle roll.

Yes, the food is also deliciously affordable. This is the true truth, as I say it as it is…

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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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June 30, 2013

Kok Kee Wanton Noodle, Singapore…wanton mee with an addictive concoction

TWhile we call it “wanton noodle” and it seems as if wanton is the star, it is the the complete opposite. The star of the show is the noodle and the sauce that it is mixed in. The noodles has an egg fragrance and not so springy or QQ as the Chinese termed it. The magic lies in the flavourful secret elixir – a thin light soup/gravy/sauce (I can’t decide which) with a gentle sweetness – which  transforms the entire dish to be tasty and addictive.

The portions are very small – the wanton are really just bite sized – but the flavors are very big.

Kok Kee is plaqued by epically huge massive queues. Makes you wonder if they’re deliberately keeping the queues long. Ridiculous. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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July 12, 2011

Chee Kei Noodles, Hong Kong…Have the wanton noodle soup. Your taste buds will thank you

For delicious wanton noodle, hardly anyone can compete with good-old Chee Kei. The fabulous noodle at Chee Kei has never let me down – I love their wonton noodle soup with their excellent golf-ball size shrimp wonton. The noodle – aka“har chee mee (translated: shrimp egg noodle) –  is impossibly thin, but still firm and hearty and cooked well with the amazingly strong flavour, but not overpowering soup. The soup is simply brilliant – there’s a hint of shrimp, pork and ham. Their XO chilli sauce has a tinge of dried scallop.

The crab congee  is average, though.

This is a big call, but Chee Kei’s noodles are the best wanton noodle soup I’ve eaten. This is still the true truth as I still say it as it is…

March 18, 2011

Restoran Ho Seng Kee, Johor Baru…a good match to any Hong Kong wanton mee

“Kon-lo-mee” or dry-tossed noodles simply divine here. It’s a regular sight to see a crowd of customers patiently waiting to enjoy this simple but tasty dish.  

The homemade egg noodles (they  are produced daily) are very fine and have a very  springy texture and almost al-dente. I would dare say the noodles alone could be a good match to any HK wanton mee. The wanton mee here is served relatively plain (without the dark soya sauce) with their own special sauces and chilli sauce, smooth wantans (they make their own wantan skins) and slivers of char siew, which incidentally are not roasted until charred, but just reddish,

The wanton mee here is delicious and not to be missed. I am a big fan! This is the true truth and I say it as it is…

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