[Updated Nov 2017, Bangkok] Truth be told, there is nothing really extraordinary about this famous Thai noodle place, called the “Sabx2 Pratunum Wanton Mee”, also commonly known as the “Soi 19” Wanton Noodles.
Many Singaporeans flock to this air-conditioned shop, opposite wholesale shopping paradise Platinum Fashion Mall.
Some customers MAY confuse this with Singapore’s Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee.
With that many “NO BRANCH IN SINGAPORE” signs up, I think it is clear the two eateries have NO relation whatsoever.
There is perhaps a sense of nostalgia, the kind of wanton noodles people grew up with – simple, plain, unassuming, and full of pork lard fragrance.
The shop opens at 9am. I went about 10:00am and it was already packed. Could hear the Singaporean accent everywhere.
Just as I thought I would struggle with ordering (since there is no menu here), the young Thai waitress spoken in broken Mandarin “Ni yao da de hai shi xiao de?” (Do you want the big or small bowl?) Ordering became a breeze, fortunately.
The wanton noodles arrived in a floral plastic plate. “So little, I thought?”
The price has also doubled from the previous, from 50 baht to 100 baht (SGD$4.10).
With springy noodles, extremely thin roasted pork, and few dumplings, this reminded me somewhat (say 10%) of the old National library’s Nam Seng Noodles or Lavender’s Kok Kee. Except Sabx2’s version had much less sauce, flavoured by what we frighteningly call as pork lard oil.
The soup version was not as good.
I used to eat this noodles a few times (say 4-5 years back) and found it acceptable, and won’t mind having it 2-3 times in a single trip.
HOWEVER, in the most recent visit, I found the noodles entirely bland and plain, as if it changed a recipe all together. A sign of complacency, or…?
Those who are fans of the Cantonese Hong Kong style of wanton noodles would further frown at this.
Sabx2’s ‘Ter Kah’ Pork Trotters dish is considered pricey in Thailand’s street food context, but it was probably the better thing out of the two.
The entire plate with intestines, tau kwa, egg and preserved salted vegetables was at least chopstick-tender smooth, soaking up the savoury braised sauce.
The shop is about a 5-8 minute’s walk from Platinum mall, right across the overhead bridge. Walking from Siam Paragon or Central would take about 20 minutes.
If you are cabbing, the landmarks to tell your driver are Phetchburi Soi 19, Glow Pratunam Hotel, at a small lane diagonally across the side of Shibuya Shopping Mall.
Then look out for the “No Branch in Singapore” yellow banner?
Sigh, this used to be much, much better.
SabX2 Pratunam Wanton Noodles
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
Tel +66 2 653 9618
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm Daily