With offerings of Wanton Noodles along with a chilli bottle labelled, “I’m not medium hot, I’m extra spicy”, it is hard not to draw comparisons of Wanton Fu with both ENG’s Wantan Noodle and Eng’s Char Siew Wantan Mee.
The similarities are uncanny, from the noodle quality, menu offerings to that iconic spicy chilli bottle.
I confirmed my suspicion when I saw a familiar face in the kitchen, whom I remember seeing at ENG’s Wantan Noodles.
It turns out that a former staff has come out to open his own.
Wanton Fu is located at ARC 380 along Jalan Besar. This plot of land the development is sitted on has special significance for me (and many other Wanton Mee lovers), as it is where Kok Kee used to be located.
The shop serves up Wanton Noodles ($4.80, $5.80) along with other sides of Oyster Sauce Vegetable ($3.50, $5.50), Boiled Wanton ($3.50, $5.50), and Fried Wanton ($3.50, $5.50).
The Signature Wanton Noodles ($5.80) fortunately or unfortunately, tasted too similar to ENG’s Wantan Noodle, with a springy bite and eggy feel to the noodles (I also suspect that it is from the same supplier).
The magical moment happens when you douse the noodles in some of those fiery chilli, which would set your tongue tingling.
If you are not into the chilli, then this bowl would badly need some sauce and seasoning of some kind, as it was on the dryer and blander side.
Thankfully, I spotted a bottle of the home-made garlic oil, and after addition of half a teaspoon, the taste was immediately ‘lifted’ along with the distinct fragrance.
Wanton Fu should find a way to incorporate this oil into the base sauce: firstly for the aroma; next to differentiate this with the other Eng’s.
You don’t want to be stuck in the shadows of others for long.
My friends say this is a good, worthy alternative if they do not want to travel too far to the East, which I agree.
For a quick summary of the 3 stores:
– ENG’s Wantan Noodle – Owned by Lao Huo Tang Group, kitchen helmed by many former Eng’s staff, categorised by the green plate.
– Eng’s Char Siew Wantan Mee – Owned by children of the founder of Eng’s, done some modifications to original recipe, categorised by white plate.
– Wanton Fu – Owned by former staff of Eng, most similar to green plate store, categorised by black bowls.
ARC 380 @ 380 Jalan Besar 01-09 Singapore 209000
Tel: +65 6935 3072
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri)