Bring a package of patience along when you dine at this stall, and you shall be fine.
Or if you want to enjoy long, long conversations with friends who have extra time to kill, then jio them along for supper here.
Koka Wanton Noodle 可口云吞面食 has long earned a reputation having a ridiculously long wait, but you will still see customers around this almost-empty food centre anticipating their food to arrive.
The stall is located at North Bridge Road Food Centre, and states to be opened from 9:30pm till 1am.
However, when I arrived at 9:40pm, the elderly couple was still getting ready, and the stall only started operations at about 10pm. So you pre-order first.
I asked auntie what was the estimated wait, but she couldn’t give a definite answer. She said, ”10pm plus…” (If you are the type who needs your answers definite, then it can be mildly infuriating.)
In the end, I got my food at 10:45pm. The consolation is that you can wait at the table, with the plates sent over to you.
While there used to be just 2 to 3 stalls opened late at night at this food centre, you would see a prawn noodle, Western food, another wanton noodle, and drink stalls in operation.
I won’t say this is the usual lively-supper place late at night, but with couples, elderly and taxi drivers just chilling off during the night.
Koka Wanton Noodles ($4, $5, $6) has been rated one of the best wanton mee by a local paper, passed down three generations since the Yip’s family first roadside stall at Jalan Besar.
The Michelin inspectors wrote, ”Barbecue pork with wonton noodles is the signature. Deep-fried pork skin and chillies enrich the flavour.”.
I didn’t spot visible traces of pork lard though.
For $4 a plate, you would get thinly-sliced pale looking char siew, Chinese mushrooms, dry shreds of chicken and choy sum.
”Enough ah?”, the friendly server thought that I should order more for a big guy like me. Emm…
The portion was small, though the variety of ingredients made the dish more exciting on the palate.
Its distinctive feature was that very thin and QQ noodles, cooked al dente, swimming in watery slight-spicy chilli sauce.
There was an appealing old-school, nostalgic taste about it. And I could imagine that if you grew up eating this, you would enjoy this very much as this is a taste that cannot be replicated elsewhere.
Otherwise for first timers, it may not spectacular enough to warrant that 45 minutes’ wait.
Koka Wanton Mee
North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre, 861 North Bridge Road #01-99, Singapore 198783
Opening Hours: 9:30pm – 1.00am (Wed – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
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