Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Uncle Koh Wanton Mee in Johor Bahru, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah 許记云吞面
Uncle Koh Wanton Mee 許记云吞面 in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah is one of those old shops not in the lime light that does everything very well.
Just look at this bowl of braised chicken claw noodles. Everything was plated nicely in the bowl.
And, every bowl is plated nicely. There is so much simple, quiet pride at work here.
The slender egg noodles tossed in a savoury lardy sauce were gently el dente and lively with subtle bounce, spring and pop. The blanched kai lan greens were juicy and so crunchy that you can hear the snapping crunch when you bite into the fat green stem. The tender braised mushrooms were saturated with flavoursome braising sauce. And, those bone soft braised chicken feet were delicious.
The obliging boss Uncle Koh still performs his flying wanton mee but only on request :D
Most of the cooking is now handled by this friendly uncle who has been with Uncle Koh for over a decade. Uncle is very focused, which is crucial for getting the noodles at just the right texture.
The char siew slices that come with the wanton mee are above average by Johor standards (though I still prefer the caramelised chunky Kuala Lumpur version).
Uncle Koh's egg noodles are still made at the shop. These noodles are very similar to those at the other 許记云吞面 in Taman Sri Tebrau. That stall is actually run by Uncle Koh's brother.
My makan kaki Martin wanted to try the mee pok 面薄 version of Uncle Koh's egg noodles.
We were all impressed with the excellent el dente feel of the mee pok.
The wantons were tiny but the little morsels of minced marbled pork packed dense savoury and sesame flavours.
The clear broth was heavily infused with anchovy flavour and aroma.
See how thin is that wanton skin "cling wrapped" around the diced shrimp and marbled pork?
Uncle Koh's meaty delicious sui kow 水饺 is a Must Try.
Uncle Koh's chicken feet is unique as it is braised in a blend of traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and spices like Tang-kuei 當歸 and star anise.
May not be to everyone's taste but the herbal flavour was only mild, so it is palatable for even people who do not enjoy herbs.
For me, I love the unique twist of herbal braised soft chicken feet by Uncle Koh.
This is one of my favourite wanton mee shops in Johor Bahru.
Restaurant name: Restoran Uncle Koh 許记云吞面
Address: 106 Jalan Pahlawan 2, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah, Skudai
Hours: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Date visited: 28 Jan 2012, 30 Mar 2014, 12 May 2014
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