Fans of Xin Fei Fei Wanton Mee 新飛飛 at Zion Riverside Food Centre would have realised it had a name change recently to Kang’s Wanton Noodle.
Auntie Kang explained that when she took over the stall in the past, she kept its original name. However, she felt it was time for a change and used her name to front the stall.
I asked and there was no relation to the famous Fei Fei Wanton Noodles at Joo Chiat, in case you are curious.
Won’t say that Kang’s Wanton Noodle is considered one of the famous Wanton Noodles in Singapore. In fact, it has kept itself off the radar for a number of years, but has kept regulars in the queue.
Sometimes the noodles are sold out before closing hours, and key ingredients like wantons run out by lunch. The stall opens from 9:30am in the mornings (except Thursday) and so there are limited hours to try its food.
Auntie Kang is also helped by her two sons, and mentioned that they got to wake up about 2am to 2:30am to prepare the ingredients.
Most of the items including the dumplings, char siew and chilli sauce are prepared according to her own recipe, further fine-tuned along the years.
Items on the menu include Wanton Noodles ($4.20, $5.20, $6.20), Dumpling Noodles ($4.20, $5.20, $6.20), Oyster Sauce Noodles ($3.20), Wanton Soup ($4.20, $5.20, $6.20) and Dumpling Soup ($5.20, $6.20, $8.20).
Most people go for the Wanton Mee ($4.20, $5.20, $6.20). While it looked plain and unassuming in presentation, once you take a bite, you would know what I mean.
Its simplicity reminded me of Thai-style wanton noodles, appearing basic but packed with flavours.
The noodles were thin and springy, coated in this addictive, somewhat aromatic lardy sauce. The house-made chilli also looked non-intimating, but gave that appetising kick.
The slightly plump and crisp deep-fried wanton were also worthy of mention, remaining crunchy after left there for a while, with meat still juicy.
Even though the bright-red char siew looked on the dry side, it was surprisingly not-too-tough with a sweet tinge.
Be prepared for the long queue and long wait.
Some customers may feel that the noodles overall are more to the ordinary side, portion can be more, and therefore not worth a long trip down. There is a certain old-school charm to its taste, and the star is indeed the springy noodles.
Kang’s Wanton Noodle
Zion Riverside Food Centre #01-06, 70 Zion Road, Singapore 247792
Opening Hours: 9am – 1:30pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
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