Tiong Bahru Wanton Noodle @ Golden Shoe Hawker

鹏 (Peng) Tiong Bahru Wanton Noodle

Address: 50 Market Street, #02-32, Golden Shoe Complex

Opening hours: Mon to Fri approximately from 8.00am to 4.00pm (or till sold out)

Introduction

When asked for the best hawker stall at the Golden Shoe Complex, this stall 鹏 (peng) Tiong Bahru Wanton Noodle will always come to people’s mind. It’s situated at Level 2 of the Golden Shoe Complex and stands out for the long long queue during lunch time. It comes at $3 and $4 bowl and for a better effect for my photo, I ordered the luxurious $4 version. At $4, I consider this as one of the most sumptuous Wanton Mee in Singapore.

The Wanton Noodle

The four dollars version comes with a generous serving of noodle (guarantee to fill your tummy), a good amount of home-roasted char siew, fried wanton, soup wanton, fried fish paste dumpling and a generous portion of vegetable and a fried fish ball.

鹏 Tiong Bahru Wanton Noodle is one of the few that roast their own Char Siew. The char siew is well caramelized and those who love charred Char Siew will definitely like their version. They offer mostly lean Char Siew so it tends to be a little dry, but not tough, and I thought it taste a little like Bak Kwa. For fatty Char Siew lover, you can ask for the fat portion (if it’s available) upon ordering. You won’t regret it.

Apart from the main attraction which is their Char Siew, i am pleasantly surprise that their noodle is also pretty decent. The noodle is a little thinner than usual. It does not lump together easily and it’s a little bouncy in texture. It’s lightly flavoured with pork lard and added stir-fried chilli. The skin of the soup wanton is a little too thin and it breaks rather easily, although it does not exactly affects the taste directly.

Conclusion

Peng Tiong Bahru Wanton Noodle may not be the best of the best in Singapore, it’s definitely one of the most satisfying one. At $3.00, it may be the cheapest Wanton Noodle in the CBD area that is worth your calorie. If you are looking for something cheap and good, you may want to consider dropping by this hawker centre within the CBD area. However, note that the average waiting time during lunch is about 15 minutes though.

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Bee Kee, The Truffle Oil Wanton Noodle at Serangoon

Bee Kee Wanton Noodle (美记云吞面)

Address (Google Map): Cheun Kee Kopitiam, 2 Lorong Lew Lian

Opening hours: 7.30am to 2.30pm, Closed on mon

Introduction

In recent years, truffle oil dishes are gaining much popularity in Singapore. We have truffle oil fries, truffle oil chicken chop, truffle oil burger patty, truffle oil pasta but truffle oil Wanton Noodle? Seriously? Yes. Bee Kee Wanton Mee is one coffee shop stall that sells truffle oil Wanton Noodle. Bee Kee Wanton Mee is tucked away at an inconspicuous neighbourhood coffee shop that is within walking distance from Serangoon MRT.

Bee Kee has only started operation a couple of months ago in March 2014. This stall mainly offers Wanton Noodle and Braised Soft Bone Pork Ribs Noodle but there is no mention of the Truffle Noodle anywhere on the stall signage. However, if you see closely, there is a small signage stand saying “ask us about our secret truffle oil noodles”.

When asked about the “secrecy” of the Truffle Oil Noodle, the stall holder explained that they are catering to the heartland crowd and therefore keeping their displayed noodle price low at $3 a plate. They do not want to scare away the crowd with a $6 price tag. And for those who are willing to pay a premium price for this premium noodle, feel free to ask them about it.

Menu

Wanton noodle – $3.00, $3.50,  $4.00 ($6.00 for Truffle Oil version)
Braised Pork Rib Soft Bone Noodle (Dry) – $3.50, $4.00, $4.50
Braised Pork Rib Soft Bone Noodle (Soup) – $3.80, $4.30
Braised Pork Rib Rice – $3.50, $4.00
Fried wanton – $3.00

Truffle Oil Wanton Noodle

Their Wanton Noodle is similar to those found in Johor Bahru but at a larger portion. The noodle is thinner than our typical Singapore Wanton Noodle and the texture is really light and springy. Folks that dislike the “noodle taste” will like this as there is isn’t any (or minimal). Even after a period of time (of photo taking), the noodle does not clump together. Thumbs up for their noodle.

This truffle oil noodle taste much lighter than our typical Wanton Noodle. It’s lightly salted with a good drench of truffle oil. They store their truffle oil in spray bottle and applies it at various areas of the noodle to ensure the oil coats the noodle evenly.

The noodle comes with a portion of their “special chilli”. It’s quite nice when added to their regular noodle but it’s a little wasteful when you mix it with the truffle oil noodle cus it will overpower the truffle taste. The truffle oil goes perfectly with the added fried pork lard though.

Their Char Siew consist of mainly lean meat, slightly drier but it did not disappoint. I love the taste of the Char Siew, which the exterior is flame-torched for slightly crispy and charred texture right at the stall.

I don’t think their Truffle Oil Wanton Noodle is a big deal though but it’s a new Wanton Noodle experience if you judge the Truffle Oil Noodle in a class of its own. Else, at the price of $6, i will have their regular Wanton Noodle ($3) anytime.

Braised Pork Rib Soft Bone Noodle

Apart from Wanton Noodle, Bee Kee also offers Pork Rib Noodle. The braising made the meat fell off from the bones effortlessly and the fats became all soft and melty. Even the soft bone of the rib became chewy soft.

The pork rib is well flavoured but overall it’s a little greasy for me. I thought the addition of Bean Sprout didn’t manage to enhance this noodle much. Overall a not bad dish.

Conclusion

As the stall is relatively new, Bee Kee enjoys a constant flow of patrons with minimum queuing time which works for me. I always thought that “why can’t Singapore’s Wanton Noodle adopt the JB style noodle” and now we have Bee Kee.

The regular Wanton Noodle is much worth the $3 price tag. Their noodle and char siew works for me. As for the $6 Truffle Oil Noodle, i thought it’s a little pricey and a little gimmicky. But overall it is still a satisfying and interesting experience so feel free to try it and judge it for yourself.

Note that they are only open from morning to 2.30pm and are close during dinner time.

Frenzlink Cafeteria (S$2.00 Noodles at CBD Area)

Frenzlink Cafeteria

Address: 56 South Bridge Road S(058687)

Operating hours: Not exactly sure, but it was already opened at 7.15am on a weekday until lunch time. I will find out the exact timing and hope to share with everyone soon.

Introduction

I chance upon this small cosy Cafeteria while walking to work from Good Morning Nanyang Cafe. It looks very old school, and the thing that particularly caught my eye was the stall signage – $2.00 for all of their noodles. Frenzlink sells items like Wanton Noodle, Minced Pork Noodle, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Laksa, Fishball Noodle, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle. There is already a good crowd early in the morning and instead of a typical breakfast food – Fried Bee Hoon (they sell fried bee hoon also), almost everyone are having noodles, particularly their Wanton Noodle dry.

So i made it a point to visit this place and try out their $2.00 noodle. I heard that Frenzlink had kept their price low at $2.00 for the past 18 years since. I miss the days where the stall helper will bring your food and drinks to your table instead of “self-service” and Frenzlink is still one of such places. This place is ran by apparent locals and were greeted with a “thank you” or “good bye” after my meal for all of my three visits.

Wanton Noodle ($2.00 or $3.00)

I had tried a couple of their noodles and Wanton Noodle is one of my favorites. Their Wanton Noodle is the sweet black sauce style with lean Char Siew and not the gravy or oil style. Not mentioning about the soup that is a little bland and the mini wanton, i think their noodle is actually quite good for it’s taste and texture. The portion is not very big so i will order the $3.00 noodle if i am feeling a little hungry.

Mee Rebus ($2.00 or $3.00)

Their Mee Rebus is one of the best items in Frenzlink. The gravy is smooth and flavorful and not too sweet and comes with a whole hard-boiled egg. Imagine the egg cost $0.50 so i am actually paying $1.50. for the noodle  The sauce don’t taste starchy and the smooth sauce coats the noodles without being too thick or watery.

Lor Mee ($2.00 or $3.00)

The Lor Mee is not bad. Gravy’s taste is acceptable, just that it’s slightly watery. It comes with two pieces of braised pork belly, half an egg, pieces of deep-fried wanton skin and two pieces of Ngor Hiang (five-spice roll). Quite OK for a $2.00 noodle. I prefer the other noodles compared to this Lor Mee.

Laksa ($2.00 or $3.00)

I think their Laska exceeded my expectation. I was not expecting a lot from a $2 Laksa but it is really decent. The gravy don’t taste “cheap”. It is rich, filled with coconut fragrance and the sweetness from the grinded dried prawn. There are 2-3 pieces of Tau Pok, half an egg and a few slices of fish cake. No cockles (hum) though.

Minced Pork Noodle ($2.00 or $3.00)

I didn’t have the photo of their minced pork noodle, but it’s not like our traditional minced pork noodle with lean meat, minced pork, pork ball and mushroom. Frenzlink version is rather unique with their own braised style of minced pork, and noodle. Not my favourite kind of minced pork noodle or at least not what i was expecting. Sorry, this minced pork noodle will be on my last-to-order list.

Conclusion

Frenzlink is not the kind of place that i will travel all the way from Jurong or from Woodlands to have a meal here. This place is more of a hidden gem within the vicinity and is more of an interesting eat rather than an amazing eat.

I am pleasantly surprised that such a place still exist in the CBD area and i thought i can still pop by in the future to support them whenever i can.