Friday, 3 January 2014
Wanton Mee at Ko Fook 口福 in Johor Bahru
Readers Wilson Lee and Jie Kuan wrote to me and suggested that I try Ko Fook 口福 wanton mee shop in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA) for their home made wanton noodles.
On their suggestion, we made a trip to TUTA and found Ko Fook 口福 wanton mee, at the ground floor of Blok 20 of the old 4-storey flats.
Ko Fook 口福 is a typical food shop in JB, where the customers are regulars 熟客 and mostly from the neighbourhood 街方.
I had ordered char siew wanton mee today as this is the most popular version. (My personal preference in JB is mushroom and chicken feet wanton mee.)
The wanton noodle came with a drippy sauce which I prefer over the drier kind.
The slick wanton noodles after vigorous tossing in the sauce. The aromatic sauce was mainly a blend of fried shallot oil and dark soy sauce.
The quite thick noodles were indeed bouncy and springy as mentioned by readers Wilson and Jie Juan.
Char siew is not a strong point of JB wanton mee. It usually lacks the charred, caramelised outer layer of KL char siew which are served in nugget sized chunks. Still, Ko Fook 口福's self roasted char siew is above average by JB standards.
The wanton has that old style sesame seed and soft minced pork aroma and flavour wraped in soft slurpy slippery wanton skin.
Noticing that we were unfamiliar faces and taking many photos of our humble plate of wanton mee, instead of eating straight away, the boss came over to ask what we were doing.
I explained that I go to places in Johor to look for the best food and share it on my blog.
Feeling more comfortable, the boss suggested that we also try his popular mushroom and chicken feet version. I was very tempted but had to decline as I had two more food tasting sessions later that day. So, the boss brought us these two chicken feet for us to try.
Over the delicious chicken feet, we chatted a while with the boss 黄. His family is from Ipoh, and his maternal grandfather started Ko Fook 口福 wanton mee nearly 30 years ago in 1987. The stall was managed by his dad and uncle before he took over about 3 years ago. Till this day, the family still make their own egg noodles.
I will definitely be back at Ko Fook 口福 to try out their mushroom and chicken feet wanton mee.
Restaurant name: Ko Fook 口福 Wanton Mee
Address: Jalan Pendekar 1, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (TUTA), Skudai, Johor Bahru
Hours: 6:00am to 12:00noon
Date visited: 2 Jan 2014
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