Tanjong Rhu Wanton Mee 金记丹戎禺云吞面 at 4A Jalan Batu is known for its old-school style wanton noodles, enjoying long queues especially after being featured in a number of TV shows and media reports.
There appears to be a number of branches (or franchises) around, from Blk 266B Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Blk 722 Clementi West Street 2, and West Coast Plaza Level 2 food court.
I spotted one across Bugis Junction at Wisma Alsagoff building, where Blanco Beef Noodle used to be. (This shop space has changed concepts quite a number of times, from my recollection Hong Kong desserts, Thai mookata… )
It is not all the time you can find inexpensive food around this area – other than at the kopitiams which can be hotter, so a $4.50 plate of Wanton Noodles is a welcomed change.
Other items on the menu included Dumpling Noodles ($5.50), Fried Chicken Wing Noodles ($4.50), Curry Chicken with Rice ($6.50) and Fried Chicken Wings ($5.90).
Before I go, we should acknowledge that there are different schools of Wanton Noodles in Singapore – some Malaysian style with more use of black sauce; Thai Bak Mee Moo Daeng which emphasizes on the use of pork lard and minimal seasonal; or soupy Hong Kong Wonton Noodles.
Tanjong Rhu’s version reminded me of those I used to have in the old kopitiam – thin egg noodles, not too much seasoning and came alive with the mix of chilli sauce and lard oil, while the rest of the ingredients were just less impressive.
The draw was the springy noodles with a firm bite. If you prefer your noodles to be softer or chewier, then this won’t be your preference.
The soup was comparatively peppery – not bad.
As for the Dumpling Noodles ($5.50), the deep fried dumplings came packed with ingredients of minced pork, shrimps and black fungus for a light crunch.
I have read varying reviews of Tanjong Rhu Wanton Mee, and it seems like consistency varies from place to place.
Some people may go “nothing special”, but there is a particular draw of this style of noodles, which reminded me of simpler days of life as a child.
Tanjong Rhu Wanton Mee 金记丹戎禺云吞面 – North Bridge Road
520 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 188742 (Opposite Bugis Junction)
Tanjong Rhu Wanton Mee 金记丹戎禺云吞面 – Original Branch
4A Jln Batu, Singapore 432004 Jln Batu, Singapore 432004
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
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