Every time I go to the popular Sabx2 Wanton Noodles at Bangkok Thailand, it is usually half-filled, or should I say three quarters occupied with Singaporeans. We hear it by the accent, and one of the waitresses speaks rather good Mandarin. Over-rated? Rude? Oh well.
The Thai style of wanton mee used Chinese-style egg noodles, and is simple, plain, unassuming, tossed in minimal sauce, not without some aromatic pork lard.
While there are many different versions around, Singaporeans generally take the Pratunum shop as point of reference.
Here are 6 places to get Thai style wanton noodles in Singapore.
Thai In Town
244P Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574369
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11:00pm (Mon-Fri), 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Sat – Sun)
This off-the-radar modern Thai restaurant at Upper Thomson stole my heart with its Ba Mee Kiao Moo Dang ($6.90). It was THE SAUCE. When I took a bite off the springy egg noodles tossed in the sweet-salty Thai style fish sauce, I went “OMG!”, passed to my friend the bowl, who went “Oh Wow”. I ta-baoed (tookaway) a packet which still tasted decent after microwaving.
The char siew and wantons were ordinary though. Blogger friend PinkyPiggu didn’t like it “Too clumpy, not aromatic,” she said. Guess Thai In Town lacked that consistency.
Winning formula: The sauce.
Block 151, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, stall number 5 Singapore 560151
Opening Hours: 7am to 3.30pm (Wed-Sun), Closed Mon-Tues
Tel: +65 9613-3340
The Thai-style wonton mee stall with the most number of media coverage in Singapore. The stall literally propelled to fame after online reviews, and queues could take anything between 15 minutes to an hour. Bowls go from regular ($3.50), medium ($4.00), large ($5.00) to jumbo ($6.00).
The winning parts were the QQ chewy egg noodles, cured fish sausage and dried chilli flakes. No sauce was added so customers could find it dry. Add your own condiments, yah?
Kind of a cross between local and Thai style wanton noodles. Not my favourite rendition though, and I may think thrice before traveling all the way for this.
Winning formula: The noodles.
Baan by Rochor Thai
125 East Coast Road, Alibabar the Hawker Bar, Singapore 428810
Tel: +65 9820 8739
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9:30pm (or until the food is sold out)
Baan, which means “home” in Thai, is started by the team behind Rochor Thai at Novena.. The Thai stall within the popular Alibabar Kopitiam along East Coast Road, serves up a lean menu of Wonton Noodles ($5.30, $6.80), Braised Pork Leg ($6.30), Green Curry Chicken ($5.80) and Basil Pork ($5.80).
The star in the bowl to me, is the Grilled Pork Collar, firm yet with a suitable amount of tenderness. Also, a refreshing change instead of the usual char siew.
The other components are worth its buck too – the pork crackling, crispy wonton, lava egg and texture of the egg noodles.
The ONLY thing I found disappointing was the lack of sauce and the signature pork lard aroma. Probably needed more fish sauce to lift up the overall taste.
Winning formula: Grilled pork collar.
Thai Boat Noodle
799 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Point #02-32/34 Singapore 467351 (Bedok MRT)
Tel: +65 64459932
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm Daily, Last Order 9:15pm
Thai Boat Noodle used to be known as Khun Mee Thai, and its Ba Mee Kiao Moo Dang – Traditional Thai Egg Noodles were their main recommended dish. Then they switched brand and signature dish.
The Ba Mee came with a Lava Egg ($7.20), with egg noodles imported from Thailand. The sauce though minimal was quite tasty, char siew soft and tender, not the typical style as that was made from pork collar and marinated overnight. The pork balls were rather out of place though. Not the best I had here, not the worst either.
Winning formula: The char siew.
Foon’s Thai Recipe
Block 51 Old Airport Road #01-65, Singapore 390051
Tel: +65 86883885
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon-Tues, Thurs-Sun), Closed Wed
While Old Airport Road has already two famous wanton noodles stalls (Hua Kee & Cho Kee), Foon Sangon from Thailand was confident enough of her Ba Mee Moo Daeng ($4) sold at the back of the hawker centre.
The Thai style noodles were rather egg-y, tossed with some fish sauce, topped with char siew, chilli flakes, crushed peanuts and rather plump shrimp dumplings. Humble looking but quite flavourful, especially the crunchy bits of pork lard which were simply addictive. I wanted to stop at two pieces, but finished every single piece. Oh no.
Winning formula: The pork lard.
239 Jalan Besar Road, Singapore 208912
Opening Hours: 5pm – 5am
BaaMee Bangkok’s signboard read “Thailand No 1 wanton noodles and pig trotters”. Not sure who awarded them Number 1.
The coffee shop stall sells Baa Bee ($4.50 for soup or dry), Baa Mee Tom Yum ($5.00), Kaa Moo ($6 for small, $10 for big) and Wanton ($5.00 for fried or soup).
The noodles were springy, yes. I liked the soupy wantons filled with sweet tasting pork. But the sauce was bland, pork lard not fragrant enough, pork slices were dry, and most unfortunately deep fried wanton reeked of not-very-fresh oil. It seemed like Tom Yum noodles was their better deal.
Let me know if there are other good Thai Wanton Noodle, either in Singapore or Bangkok.