Lao Shen Ji Si Mian老沈鸡丝面 is one of the 4 Michelin recommended hawker stalls at Toa Payoh Lor 1 Food Centre.
Located in between Toa Payoh and Braddell MRT stations, this small hawker centre consists of only about 40 stalls, offers a good selection of local food and specialties such as the Teochew Handmade Pau (bite-sized and full of delicious fillings), Chey Sua Carrot Cake with crispy Chye Tow Kway, Come Daily Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, and Lao Shen Ji Si Mian’s dry-tossed shredded chicken noodles.
Lao Shen Ji Si Mian has been around for more than 30 years, and originated from Hougang. There is no English menu per se, so be clear about what you are ordering.
The 3 options are Shredded Chicken with Fishball Noodles ($3), Shredded Chicken with Dish Dumpling Noodles ($4), and Fishball with Fish Dumpling Noodles ($5). Additional noodles cost 50 cents more.
A standard order of the Chicken Dried Noodles comes with a bowl of dry pale yellow hand-made noodles, springy in texture and very QQ.
This is topped with finely shredded chicken that was soft and not overcooked – though slightly to the dry side, some small pieces of braised mushrooms, pork lard, and chopped spring onions.
The overall flavour is best complemented with a drizzle of their chili vinegar.
If you are thinking “Bak Chor Mee”, you may be slightly disappointed as this doesn’t come with heavy vinegary or savoury sauce.
In fact, everything comes quite light together, with the main focus being the handmade Fish Dumplings with delectable skin.
Accompanying your dry noodles is light bodied soup comes with 2 pieces of fish dumplings, and also sprinkled with some chopped spring onions.
I noted a couple of aunties ordering the soup version and went for it the next round.
The chicken-flavoured soup was mildly sweet in taste, and went well with the mushrooms and dumplings.
However, this time round the noodles seemed slightly soggy and I would have preferred a springier version with more bite.
The blander-tasting broth is possibly to cater to the elderly customer base.
Lao Shen Ji Si Mian has a rather nostalgic taste that you probably cannot find in many places in Singapore.
In fact, I do not know of any other places serving both shredded chicken and handmade fish dumplings together in the same bowl.
Lao Shen Ji Si Mian 老沈鸡丝面
127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, #02-01 Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre, Singapore 310127
Opening Hours: 7am – 1:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon