Nothing to do with “Wing Chun” – the Southern Chinese Kungfu style, Yong Chun Wanton Noodle 永春云吞面 can be said to be putting on a good fight, and is enjoying a constant long queue at Bukit Merah View 115 Food Centre.
This particular Bukit Merah View Food Centre actually has quite a high proportion of wanton mee stalls – Depot Road Wanton Mee, Kim Huat Wanton Mee, R&D, and Yong Chun, and they all come with relatively long lines.
I have tried all of them, and they all have varied styles which will appeal to different fans: Depot Road Wanton Mee for it spinach and tomato-based noodles with plump dumplings; Kim Huat Wanton Mee (not related to Mr Brown) for its old-school flavours; R&D for springy noodles.
Yong Chun probably has the most buzz for now due to a viral video.
Worthy to take note that the stall opens before sunrise at 5:30am till about 12pm (or sold out) to cater to the workers and elderly in the vicinity who have early breakfast.
That also means the young hawkers also have to be at the stall from 2am plus to start preparation. It is very hard work and sacrifice.
The stall serves up Wanton Noodles ($3, $4, $5), Dumpling Noodles ($3, $4, $5), Shredded Chicken Noodles or Horfun ($3, $4, $5), and Chicken Feet Noodles ($3.50, $4.50).
What I enjoyed was the springiness of the noodles that had a good eggy (can say al dente) bite to it, matched with soft char siew that is cooked in a wok rather than roasted.
I would have personally preferred the roasted type with the caramelised slightly-charred exterior, but this somehow worked and also came across as less greasy and easier to bite (for the older folks).
The base sauce was also on the slightly sweeter side, with a particular old-school savour.
Special mention goes to the dumplings (I ordered on a separate occasion) that were plump and meaty with minced pork and water chestnuts.
Special tip for you: The sister actually owns a Bak Chor Mee stall at ABC Food Centre called “Chun Seng” (noticed the similarity in signboards and styles and asked). 春 which symbolises “spring” is their mother’s name.
Yong Chun Wanton Noodle
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-56, Singapore 151115
Tel: +65 9028 1285
Opening Hours: 5:30am – 12pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs