For those of you who miss the Old National Library Wanton Mee (last opened at Far East Square), it has reopened at Toa Payoh North within a kopitiam at Che Kitchen.
Nam Seng Noodle House started way back in 1957 the former Catholic High School in Queen Street selling macaroni and chicken porridge.
However, it was their signature Wanton Mee when they moved to the National Library at Stamford Road where they earned their accolades.
The 92 year old Granny Leong aka Poh Poh who is a familiar face behind the stall, may be there only here and there as this new venture is by-and-large a franchised business.
On the menu are Wanton Noodles ($5) available in dry or soup versions. There is also Beef Brisket Noodles.
I remember I used to eat this during my childhood days every other week when I went to borrow, known for the old-school springy noodles, thin sliced red char siew, and the partly-oily clear sauce.
Nam Seng’s signature version is old-school Singapore style (like Kok Kee Wonton Noodle 国记云吞面 – not like your typical wanton mee. Made with vegetable oil, salt, sesame oil and some secret ingredients, the base can be somewhat salty, but tasty when tossed with the noodles.
However, for the new stall, they replaced the char siew with more Hong Kong style char siew (the type with caramelisation on the outer layer).
So those hoping to have a taste of the old style to get back memories may be disappointed. Also note that items can be sold out way before closing hours.
Another popular dish in the Far East Square outlet which is Venison Horfun, is unfortunately not seen served on the current menu.
(Photo credit: Nam Seng Wanton Noodle)
Nam Seng Wanton Noodle
1008A Toa Payoh North, Singapore 318998
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon – Sat) or till sold out, Closed Sun
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