Kok Kee? Wai Kee?
To clear some confusion, Kok Kee Wonton Noodle 国记云吞面 with its main outlet at Lavender was sold to JUMBO Group, with various outlets at Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, Bedok North, Bras Basah Food Dynasty, Jurong Point, MBS Rasapura Masters, Punggol and Toa Payoh HDB Hub.
Previously also called Kok Kee Wanton Mee, this stall at Jurong West 505 Food Centre was renamed as “Wai Kee” to prevent confusion with the Group’s.
The humble stall is owned and operated by family members of Kok Kee (apparently the nephew and niece), and has been around for close to 30 years.
As I had fond memories of Kok Kee Wonton Noodle 国记云吞面 at the now-defunct Lavender Food Square during schooling days, I was curious enough about Wai Kee Wanton Noodle.
So I journeyed to the West.
I faced a relatively long queue during the weekends, and Jurong West 505 Food Centre (also known as Hong Kah Food Centre) was very packed that it would take a while to find seats.
However, the hawkers were fast and efficient in getting and clearing orders. It took about 20 minutes to get the food.
On the menu are Wanton Noodles ($4, $5), Dumpling Noodles ($4, $5), Wanton Soup ($4, $6), and Dumpling Soup ($4, $6). There is also the option of horfun or rice noodles.
Similar to Kok Kee, they do not provide green chillies – so much so that they have to put up a number of notices informing customers that.
The presentation of the chewy noodles matched with thinly-sliced char siew and light soupy-style sauce as the base definitely reminded me of Lavender’s Kok Kee.
There was the taste of familiarity, especially with the propriety sauce base mixed with the slightly-spicy chilli sauce. Ah, that feeling of nostalgia as though you met a distinct cousin after many years.
It was about 70% there?
My friend thought something was missing (which I agreed) which we couldn’t really quite pin-point.
Perhaps we were wishing for more complexity in the flavour profile of the sauce, as it was distinctly to the sweet side.
If you have not had this style of Wanton Mee before, the char-siew was very thinly sliced – lacked of the bite but it had that old-school taste. Perhaps this plate will bring back some good-old memories.
Wai Kee Wanton Noodles
Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre #01-14, 505 Jurong West Street 52, Singapore 640505
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm (Mon – Sun)
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