Thursday, October 12, 2006

Kok Kee Wanton Mee

Wanton mee has always been one of our favourite food and Qin is totally crazy over it. Needless to say, we do have our own favourite stalls which we patronise from time to time and a huge list of wanton mee stalls which we haven't tried because we were always procrastinating!

Besides, I don't really know how to drive to most of the places anyway *grin*.

I still remember sometime back when Qin's dad bought a packet of wanton mee home. Due to the mee being kept in the packet for a long time, it was already "fattened" and softened after soaking up all the sauces. However, it still tasted superbly good! What struck me was how good the sauce was, after being soaked into the noodles and making it so flavourful, something I have never tasted before.

Sadly, we never really had the chance to try it upfront as Qin's dad don't know the actual name of the place and all attempts at describing the place simply left me more confused than ever.

So it was quite a coincidence that thebaker posted a post on Kok Kee Wanton Mee located at Lavender Food Square and Qin recognised it as the one her dad went to!


As mentioned in thebaker's blog, the queue was long because of people ordering multiple packets. The noodles are also quite pricey at $3 with only a small handful of noodles. But, it's definately worth it.

This is the $5 plate after adding extra noodles and cha siew. The clear sauce is a gem in disguise.

Noodles are firstly cooked in hot water and then soaked in cool water and then back to the hot water it goes before finally landing on your plate. I guess the different temperatures make the noodles more springy and not mushy when cooked for too long.

In this case, however, the sauce is the speciality. The usual sauces are mixed into the noodles and then drained out again and a "special" stock; which we spotted having soy beans and ikan bilis, was added. Upon tasting, I could declare that it was the best wanton mee I've ever eaten. The sauce was seriously good with a slight sweetness and a hint of Hsing Tao wine in it.

Total distinction.

The noodles were bouncy and smooth and the wanton was smooth to the bite. The chilli was also good but lets just put it this way; you don't even need chilli for this wanton mee.

Wanton mee lover or not, just try it once and you'll be a fan. I'll definately be going there again and friends of mine, don't worry cause I'll surely bring you there!

Kok Kee Wanton Mee
Lavender Food Square, #01-06
380 Jalan Besar
Opening hours Noon - 2am, closed every three weeks on Wednesdays and Thursdays


D said...

Is the charsiew good though? It doesn't even look roasted. Looks like those pseudo charsiews where they boil the meat and coat it with a sweet red dye.

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Nope, it isn't those roasted char siew but its okay for me though cause I much prefer leaner slices of meat. but what sets the dish apart is the noodle and the sauce and you can also change the cha siew to wanton as most of the patrons do.

Angie said...

This does look good! There are also two wanton mee stalls(can't recall the name) in Tiong Bahru market with super long queues, we've tried one stall, noodles and char siew were both very good.

zhengning said...

looks yummy...

evan said...

haha, so thats the one u told me on MSN that day bro? looks good! actually roasted or not, it doesnt matter to me too. some charsiew can taste really good without roasted too. the texture is abit like the meat slices in prawn mee.

the yUmMie dUmMieS said...

Hi Angie! I've been to Tiong Bahru market wanting to try out one of them (beside the toilet) but the queue was so long and I was in a hurry so :( Maybe next time I'l try it

zn: really good!

Hey evan sis! Yup, its really delicious, take my word n TRY it! :)

Monsoon said...

There used to be one great wanton mee stall at baliestier some time ago but understand the owner has closed the stall now. It was descended from an old open air stall near Boon Teck road from the 60's, really shiok.

Then currently there is a stall at Tiong Bahru called Hua Hong - maybe open once a week or depending on the owner mood, once its open, they get long queue - best so far to my opinion.