More reasons to visit Joo Chiat for food?
This stretch of Joo Chiat is full of food gems with long queues, from from Mr Mrs Morgan Prata, Dickson Nasi Lemak, Da Dong Prawn Noodles, Petit Pain, Tigerlily Patisserie, to Dunman Food Centre – just to name a few.
Therefore it is not difficult to find almost every table occupied with patrons having both prawn noodles and wanton mee.
However, do note that they are still probably getting a hang of the operations here, and so you need to wait quite a while for your food.
(My friend and I queued for both Da Dong and Wen Kang Ji at the same time, and the former had a longer queue. After the prawn noodles were finished, the wanton mee was not ready yet.)
Also, they may sell out by early noon (even though closing hour is 5pm), so keep a lookout for their Facebook updates.
On the menu are Wanton Noodles ($6 for regular, $8 for jumbo) along with Dumpling Noodles ($5), Dumpling Soup ($5) and Wanton Soup ($5).
One of the chef-owners used to cook at Tsui Hang Restaurant in Scotts Road, and the char siew is roasted in-stall.
Look at that gloriously glazed ”bu jian tian” (literally meaning “don’t see the sky”) Char Siew.
An underarm cut of the pork is used, with a good lean meat-fat ratio to maintain its juiciness during roasting.
Lovely char layer, succulent meat, no major complains for this price – this was as good as those served in some top Chinese restaurants.
The bite of the noodles reminded me of Kok Kee Wanton Noodles – the current version after being bought over by Jumbo Group, not the older style.
Actually, even the orange plate, the chilli and the more soupy sauce would remind many of Kok Kee’s.
For the Dumpling Soup ($5), the swee gao were wrapped packed with soft minced meat and shrimp, while the wantons had a larger skin to fillings ratio.
Soup was cloudy looking, but didn’t taste as intense as it looked, but was hot and comforting which acted as a good balance to the more sweetish noodle sauce.
Wen Kang Ji Wanton Noodle 文康記 – Joo Chiat
354 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427600
Opening Hours: 8am – 2:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Wen Kang Ji Wanton Noodle 文康記
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1-29, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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