Many of us know that wanton noodles, or wanton mee, is one of the most popular dishes that Singaporeans love to enjoy. However, not many of us know what the name of this dish means! Wanton literally means “swallowing clouds.” The dish originated from Guangzhou and was a dish that was only enjoyed by the rich.
In Hong Kong, wanton noodles are only available in a soupy broth. But when the dish was brought over to Singapore and Malaysia, a dry version was introduced to fit the tastes and preferences of the locals. Another difference is that in Hong Kong, it is served with large wantons, but in Singapore, the dish is served with smaller wantons, char siew, leafy greens like caixin, as well as a soup on the side.
Although it does not look like much, a lot of hard work and effort goes into the making of this iconic dish. Because it is made up of many elements, each element has to be done well for a bowl of wanton noodles to truly shine. Furthermore, all of these elements have to gel well together to achieve a well-balanced bowl of noodles!
Today, we will explore the 10 best wanton noodles in Singapore: from good, old-school wanton noodles, to more modern takes on the iconic dish.
- Simple flavours
- Unique sauce
- Springy noodles
Kok Kee Wanton Noodle is one of the most popular wanton noodle stalls in Singapore. It was closed for a short period of time because the stall owners wanted to retire due to old age. However, it has since made a comeback at 30 Foc Road to the delight of its loyal customers who grew up eating the dish.
For those who are expecting premium and fanciful bowls of wanton noodles, you have to look elsewhere. The noodles served at Kok Kee Wanton Noodle are traditional. It features slices of thin char siew, some wantons, vegetables as well as noodles that are springy and bouncy. The winning factor of this bowl of noodles, though, is the sauce that is generously doused over the noodles and its accompanying ingredients. It is sticky and sweet, with a slightly salty aftertaste. This sauce is unique to this stall and ties the whole dish together.
At $5 per bowl, you can expect a fulfilling and delicious bowl of wanton noodles at Kok Kee Wanton Noodle.
|Address||30 Foch Rd, #01-02, Singapore 209276|
|Contact Information||9797 9299|
|Business Hours||Tuesday to Sunday: 12 PM till sold out|
2. Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Mee
- Tender char siew pieces
- Springy noodles
Situated at Tiong Bahru Market and Hawker Centre, Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Mee is most popularly known for their signature dish: the ‘bu jian tian’ char siew Wanton Noodles. Bu Jian Tian literally means “never see the sky”. This interesting name comes from the fact that the meat that is used for their char siew is taken from the armpit of the pig. This results in a more tender and succulent char siew as compared to other wanton noodle stalls in Singapore.
This stall almost always sports a long queue, and after trying the dish, you will understand why. The noodles are thin and springy and are cooked in a Cantonese-style with a savoury sauce. But the star of the dish has got to be the char siew. It is soft, tender, and extremely flavourful.
Do note that the premium meats that are offered by this stall is very popular and sells out rather early in the day. So, be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment.
|Address||30 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru Market and Hawker Centre #02-30 Singapore 168898|
|Business Hours||Saturday to Thursay: 10.30 AM – 3 PM|
- Healthy noodle option
- Wide variety of noodles
- Chewy noodles
Set up in 1965 by an old hawker named Madam Lai, the stall is manned today by Madam Lai’s two daughters Kristen and Jill. The duo has kept to the original recipe of Madam Lai and aims to continue the legacy of their mother.
Their wanton noodle is priced affordably at $4.50 and is their best-selling item on the menu. Other dishes that are served at Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist include Dumpling Noodles, Braised Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles, Chicken Cutlet Noodles, Braised Chicken Feet Noodles, Mom’s Curry Chicken Noodles, Shredded Chicken and Ipoh Hor Fun.
The noodles that are served at this stall are slightly different than those offered at other local stalls. It is slightly thicker than the normal mee kia and has a chewy bite to it. This noodle type is specially sourced by the duo and does not include “ghee” in it so as to provide a healthier eating experience for their customers.
So, for a healthier version of wanton noodle, be sure to check out Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist!
|Address||Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre #02-48/49, Singapore 051531|
|Contact Information||6532 2886|
|Business Hours||6.30 AM to 8.30 PM, Daily|
4. Fei Fei Roasted Noodle
- Plump wanton
- Smooth and silky noodles
- Tender meat cuts
Fei Fei Roasted Noodles is a wanton noodle stall at Jurong East that is only open for a few hours each day. On top of that, they are almost always sold out before their stipulated closing time. So if you want to get your hands on this bowl of popular wanton mee, be sure to get there early to avoid disappointment.
There are 2 major highlights that the wanton mee at this stall has: its char siew and noodles. The char siew is cut up in thick slices and are extremely tender. If you prefer roast meats, you would want to know that the roast meats that are offered by Fei Fei Roasted Noodles are roasted by charcoal, resulting in an outer layer that has a nice char and caramelization.
As for the noodles. they were thin, smooth, as well as springy. In addition, the wantons were very generous in terms of its fillings of fresh minced meat and prawn paste. All in all, this was a quality bowl of wanton mee that you should definitely check out.
|Address||Blk 254 Jurong East St 24, Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre #01-28, Singapore 600254|
|Business Hours||Wednesday to Monday: 8 AM – 2 PM|
5. Chef Kang’s Noodle House
- Michelin Bib Gourmand
- Tasty soup
- Springy noodles
Having been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, Chef Kang’s Noodle House consistently sports a long queue despite being located in Jackson Square, which is not a very convenient location for most Singaporeans.
Chef Kang’s Noodle House serves up just 3 signature items: Noodle with Char Siew and Wanton ($5), Noodle with Shredded Abalone, Char Siew, and Wanton ($10), as well as Pork Belly Char Siew ($10). The noodles served by Chef Kang’s Noodle House are thin, springy, and smooth. And because it is cooked to the perfect consistency, it is able to fully absorb the rich and thick sauce that is in each bowl.
The char siew that are served are cut into large chunks so that you get more out of each bite. The stall also pays special attention to the soup that it serves. It is not “artificial” tasting like most soups out there that are filled with MSG. This stall definitely deserves the awards and recognition that is getting.
|Address||Block A, Jackson Square, 11 Toa Payoh Lorong 3 Singapore 319579|
|Business Hours||Monday to Friday: 8 AM – 2 PM|
Saturday to Sunday: 8 AM – 4 PM
6. Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee
- Generous portion
- Smooth noodles
- Variety of noodles
Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee is a stall at Old Airport Road. Aside from Wanton Noodles, the stall serves up a variety of other noodles such as Dumpling Noodles, Fried Wanton Noodles, Chicken Feet Noodles, as well as Shredded Chicken Noodles with Mushrooms.
One of the best selling dishes of Hua Kee Hougang Famous Wanton Mee, as its name suggests, is its signature Wanton Mee. There are two price options for you to choose from: $4.00 and $5.00). Whichever you decide on, you will get a bowl that is generously filled with soft eggy noodles that are chewy and smooth at the same time.
The stall also does not scrimp on its toppings. With every bit, you will notice bits of fried shallots, chilli sauce filled with seeds and crispy and fragrant pork lard. These all add up to the overall enjoyment of the bowl of noodles.
|Address||51 Old Airport Road, #01-02 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051|
|Contact Information||9620 1543|
|Business Hours||Wednesday to Monday: 8 AM – 10 PM|
7. Yong Chun Wanton Noodle
- Plump and juicy wantons
- Al dente noodles
Yong Chun Wanton Noodles is a stall at Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre that serves up affordable Wanton Noodles with prices going a $3, $4 as well as $5. Other noodle options include Dumpling Noodles ($3, $4, $5), Shredded Chicken Noodles or Horfun ($3, $4, $5), and Chicken Feet Noodles ($3.50, $4.50).
The noodles are perfectly cooked at this stall. It is not too hard or soft and has just the right consistency such that it can absorb all the goodness that is in the sauce. Another unique thing about this stall is that the char siew that is served is cooked in a wok rather than roasted, giving it a special taste that you will not find elsewhere.
In addition, the stall’s dumplings were juicy and filled generously with minced pork and water chestnuts.
|Address||115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-56, Singapore 151115|
|Contact Information||9028 1285|
|Business Hours||Friday to Wednesday: 5.30 AM – 1.30 PM|
8. Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle
- Old-school flavours
- Open till late
If you do not stay in the Tanglin Halt area, you might not have heard of this stall before. Moreover, this stall is open only at night! But if you do have cravings for wanton noodles at supper time, you now know where to head to.
Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle serves up old-school wanton noodles at just $3.50. It is a very simple dish with a light sauce that appeals to many. However, because this stall is a stall that many residents at Tanglin Halt grew up eating, it might not stand out to you as much if it is the first time you are eating it.
Still, it is a great place for you to have supper and have a taste of nostalgic and simple wanton mee.
|Address||Block 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre #01-04 Singapore 148813|
|Business Hours||Tuesday to Friday: 5 PM – 3 AM, Saturday: 5 PM – 2 AM|
- Springy noodles
- Old-school flavours
- Special sauce
Established way back in 1957, Nam Seng Noodle House used to sell just macaroni and chicken porridge. When it moved to its location at the National Library at Stamford Road, the stall started gaining popularity.
Currently, it is located at Far East Square and is rather popular with the office workers who work around the area. Through decades, Nam Seng’s signature Wanton Mee has remained quite consistent. It sports springy noodles, thinly sliced char siew, and a clear sauce that is oily and savoury. The sauce is unlike those that you will get at a typical wanton mee stall because it is made of different ingredients. It is made with vegetable oil, salt, sesame oil as well as some secret ingredients. This results in a salty sauce that blends in really well with the springy noodles!
|Address||25 China Street, #01-01 Far East Square, Singapore 049567|
|Contact Information||6438 5669 / +65 9689 6288|
|Business Hours||Monday to Friday: 8 AM – 8 PM, Saturday: 8 AM – 3 PM|
- Freshly made char siew
- Tender meat
Not many people know that 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist sells wanton noodles because many might choose to go for Kok Kee Wanton Noodles which is just right opposite. However, the noodles at this stall are definitely worthy to be in this list.
The Char Siew that is served by the stall is freshly prepared at the stall daily. From braising the pork loin with a sweet malt sugar marinate, blow-drying, roasting to drenching the pieces over with dark gooey sauce, each step is done in house. This results in char siew pieces that are moist, tender, and with a layer of char and caramelization.
The sauce that is used for 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist’s wanton mee is done in a Malaysian-style, which is a dark and sticky sauce that is sweet and savoury at the same time. For a wanton mee that is different from the typical local wanton mee, try out this one by 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist!
|Address||153 Tyrwhitt Road, Qinan Building, Singapore 207566|
|Business Hours||Monday to Saturday: 11 AM – 9 PM, Sunday: 11:30 AM – 9 PM|
Whether you prefer a dish to be soup or dry, spicy or sweet, old-school or modern, there will be something in this list that you will enjoy! After fulfilling your wanton mee food hunt, perhaps you can change things up a little to go for a carrot cake food hunt! Check out our guide to the best carrot cake places in Singapore here!
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