Call this the nostalgia ‘weapon’, and several relatively new stalls in Singapore are using grandmothers and grandfathers to front their signboard.
Just in terms of Bak Chor Mee alone, we have Ah Ma Chi Mian and Ah Gong Teochew Noodle (a couple of “Ah Gong” actually). How many more?
At Whampoa Makan Place, you won’t miss this cute illustration of a smiling older man on the white signboard.
Indeed, we have seen many ‘Ah Ma’s and Makciks’ or grandmothers’ recipes, but what about grandfathers?
Ah Gong Teochew Noodle actually has three stalls in Singapore, at Whampoa, Northpoint Bizhub Yishun, and Golden Mile Food Centre.
(This is not to be confused with Ah Gong Minced Pork Noodle at Maxwell Food Centre.)
If you are wondering why you have never heard of it before, this brand was actually set up in 2020 during the COVID-19 period.
The current owner (previously in the limousine business) wanted to recreate that original Teochew taste of the recipe of his friend’s father.
Previously, they had only three options on the menu, but has expanded to seven now.
These include the signature Ah Gong Special ($5.50, $7.50), Ah Gong Teochew Noodles ($4, $5), Fishball Noodles ($3.50, $4.50), Meatball Noodle ($4, $5), Minced Meat Noodles ($4, $5).
During a recent visit, I noted that there were some key changes from what I previously tried. (The picture above was the old version.)
Gone are the fishcake and deep-fried meat balls, and even the noodle tasted different in terms of the bite (did they switch a supplier?)
What makes each bowl of Ah Gong’s noodles stand out is that even though it is in a familiar hawker setting, they got a nice bowl which helped in the presentation.
Generally, I liked the tender pork slices and the pork liver were not over-cooked.
Missing that deep-fried meatball though, because I thought that added a differentiating element.
We think it leans more to the lighter version of Teochew noodles, with lesser vinegar, gravy and grease. And a light touch of ketchup.
It is a matter of preference, but the friendly owners are willing to customise if you prefer a strong vinegary taste to your noodles.
There is also a bottle in front of the stall should you need to add more. So do give them a heads up if you have certain preferences.
Ah Gong Teochew Noodle – Whampoa
90 Whampoa Drive, Whampoa Makan Place #01-69, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Ah Gong Teochew Noodle – Northpoint Bizhub Yishun
2 Yishun Industrial Street 1, #01-12 Kim San Leng, Northpoint Bizhub, Singapore 768159
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri), 7:30am – 2:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Ah Gong Teochew Noodle – Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre #01-68, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Other Related Entries
Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee (Eunos)
Mui Siong Minced Meat Noodles (Bukit Merah)
Chun Seng Noodle House (Ghim Moh Food Centre)
Mr Meepok (Clementi)
Minced Pork Bros (Old Airport Road Food Centre)
* Written by Daniel Ang Instagram and Juls H. DFD paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.