Close friends would know that I have been to the Michelin-starred Chef Kang’s at Mackenzie Road 5 times the last year; and I even celebrated my birthday there. Because he serves up dishes you cannot find anywhere else.
So this was almost like a dream come true for me – one of my favourite Singapore Michelin chefs selling my favourite hawker food.
However, many still express surprise when the stall is listed with a Bib Gourmand in the Singapore Michelin Guide.
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During the opening days, I queued 2 HOURS for Wanton Noodles. Of course the hype has quickly died down, perhaps because people were expecting much more.
Jackson Square is not the most convenient place to find food. It comprises of light industrial complexes, with a canteen at Block A where Chef Kang’s Noodle House is located.
Chef Kang’s Noodle House serves up 3 items – Noodle with Char Siew and Wanton ($6), Noodle with Shredded Abalone, Char Siew, and Wanton ($11), and Pork Belly Char Siew ($11).
Here’s why the noodles earned positive reviews: the noodles used are specially imported bamboo pole ”jook sing” type, similar to those used in many eateries in Hong Kong, without the strong alkaline taste.
Pork belly roasted in a charcoal oven is used for the char siew, and naturally brewed soy sauce makes up the main part of the base.
I personally found many components working well together – the thin, springy noodles coated in a flavourful, rich sauce accompanies with pieces of crispy lard (yums).
The wantons even had shrimps in them; and the cloudy soup was not the “MSG-flavoured” type and tasty.
The tender Char Siew itself had that delicious caramelised-sweetness, not the shrivelled, thinly-cut ones.
All-in-all, worth it for $6 (increased from previous 5).
Is this the best Wanton Mee in Singapore? I won’t declare it YET, but I would say top 5.
Some Singaporeans would prefer the plainer old-school type (like Kok Kee), while this has a mix of Hong Kong-Malaysian flavours. I thought that the sauce could be on the heavier side.
It may not be that worth a very long queue, but still a decent bowl of Wanton Noodles I won’t mind having again.
Chef Kang’s Noodle House
Block A, Jackson Square, 11 Toa Payoh Lorong 3 Singapore 319579
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Tues – Fri), 8am – 2pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
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