Monday, 6 February 2012

Flying Wanton Mee @ 吉纪 in Taman Pelangi, Johor Bahru



I stumbled upon 吉纪, a stall in Tien Tien kopitiam, after accomplishing another food hunt mission in Taman Pelangi for the day.


I first spotted the crowd of customers. Then, the corner of my eyes caught a glimpse of a clump of yellow wanton noodles flying through the air.


Curious, I stopped to observe the young towkay (business owner) at work. The young man is a model of focus and concentration. Every bowl of wanton noodles is prepared with utmost care and attention. The way he cooks the noodles, tosses them, mixes the sauce, garnishes the noodles with char siew and chye sim exults passion and pride in his offerings to his customers.

The stall owner, Edwin, prepares his noodles with passion and gusto. I find such quiet display of human spirit and pride, inspiring.

Every plate of wanton noodles is tossed in a flamboyant and enthusiastic way, though the towkay took it in a matter of fact manner.

Noodles, take off !

Mid flight

Oops... entering outer space

Returning back to earth

 Moment of truth

Gotcha!

Safe landing

Other than being a visual spectacle, does the high tossing add anything to the taste of the noodles? Is it just a pointless, superficial, fanciful, self indulgent showing off? A marketing gimmick?

In my opinion, it is nothing of that at all. It actually has a practical down to earth purpose. The extra vigorous tossing thoroughly shakes the water off the noodles so that the customers are presented with just the mee and its sauces, without any dilution from residual water.

Well, as they say, the proof of the pudding (in this case, wanton mee) is in the eating.


This set of noodle and wanton soup costs RM4.50

The bowl of wanton noodles presented to the customer bears the essence of all this commitment to quality. It is no surprise then that it tastes excellent.

When I bite into the egg noodles, I can feel the slender strands resisting gently then giving in under slight persistence. Through my ear bones, I could hear the strands snap; popping softly like stretched skinny rubber bands. It is like wanton noodle music to the ears.

吉纪 make their own noodles. Besides this Pelangi stall, 吉纪 has a branch in Taman Daya, run by Edwin's uncle. Edwin's wife will be opening another stall near Plaza Pelangi soon.

Pay 吉纪 a visit to give your eyes and taste buds a treat.

If you like to watch and taste more flying wanton noodles, another stall that I enjoy is 葉记 in Taman Johor Jaya.


Restaurant name: 吉纪 Wanton Noodle House (a stall in Restoran Tien Tien)
Address: Jalan Perang, Taman Pelangi
Map: http://g.co/maps/qsu4r
GPS: 1.481329,103.773444
Hours: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Non Halal

Address: Jalan Bakawali 13, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Baru
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/hsoV 
GPS: 1.543006,103.793667 Hours: 5:00pm to 11:00pm 
Non Halal

Date visited: 6 Feb 2012, 4 Apr 2014, 17 Sep 2014

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10 comments:

  1. Hahaha..I was watching each pile of noodles flying up and down - and the dude is good! He caught them all. Never once did any land on the floor..!! Good recommendation! The soup's a bit on the tasteless side but the char siew slices were quite generous.

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  2. Hahaha.. the show was fun to watch.

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  3. there's another stall at Johor Jaya Bakawali. i think thats the original stall..

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    1. Yes, Drexel, you are right ;D I am now writing up a post on the flying wanton mee of Johor Jaya. I love it ;D Delicious wanton mee and wonderful flying wanton mee performance ;D

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  4. wow, he toast it so high up!

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  5. Wanton noodle can get everywhere but in JB which is the best, Can Johor Kaki find out

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  6. yes JB has quite a number of people selling wantan noodle but some of them are just terrible.......for all my years in JB the only stall that i always go to(even to pack back to KL when it was being managed by husband and wife team) is Stall # 65 at Taman Sri Tebrau 'Wai Sek Kai'(opens every eve from 5pm except Wed close and now managed by his son and daughter-in-law),the taste and texture is even better than the original Ho Seng Kee in Century Garden.....well that's my opinion :p

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  7. This stall has closed - anyone know where it has moved to?

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    1. This stall dun have move....still at there

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    2. I want to update the address No 9, japan pedant ,taman pelangi , 81400 Johor bahru .

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