Saturday, 5 July 2014
Soi 19 Wanton Mee Thai Style in Singapore, Ang Mo Kio 十九街雲吞麵
My makan buddy The Silver Chef said I must come to Ang Mo Kio in Singapore to try this Soi 19 wanton mee stall 十九街雲吞麵.
The 2 year old spicy Thai style wanton mee stall has been setting taste buds and social media ablaze in Singapore, recently.
We got up early and got here at 9:00am to avoid the famous crowd. Still, at this early hour on a rainy Friday morning, there was a steady stream of customers.
The busy boss Mr Ng was very friendly. He paused a moment for me to snap a pic of him with a broad smile :D
Mr Ng, a Singaporean, learnt the art of Thai wanton mee from his Thai god brother in Bangkok.
Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee SGD3.50
The wanton noodles were served in the familiar shallot oil, lard, light soy type of blended sauce.
The customers then have the option to transform it into Thai style wanton mee with Thai condiments.
The condiments fish sauce, dry chili flakes and white sugar that turn local wanton mee into Thai wanton mee were at the self service counter on the side.
There was also a generous free flow of crispy lard crackles.
The fish sauce, dry chili flakes and the sprinkling of sugar took the familiar wanton mee to another dimension.
The chili flakes have a sharp kick and a nice aftertaste that lingers for a while.
The sweet-spicy-savoury twist was welcome by many people as the many fans, and recent chatter on traditional and social media attests.
The egg noodles tasted and felt generic. Egginess was not pronounced but the curly strands were cooked al dente.
The springy noodles with a coating of sweet-spicy-savoury sauce was quite delightful.
I liked it.
The char siew cut in thick slices were tender, savoury and quite sweet. Known in Thai as บะหมี่หมูแดงเกี๊ยว or mu daeng meaning "red pork", Thais prefer this than the caramelised slightly charred version a la KL style.
I liked this single large fried wanton.
Not too crispy after soaking in the fish sauce and lard but the absorbed flavours blended well with the sesame marinated minced pork to create a juicy taste grenade.
Just one per serving.
It left me longing for more.
I love this crispy lard cracker a lot. It was of a good bite size, and crunchy despite being coated with fish sauce and oil. There was also no rancid residual oil in the crackle as it was fresh.
The two good size meaty wantons in a sweetish broth were wrapped in quite thick wanton skin.
At SGD3.50 per small serving, Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee is hard to beat in Singapore for quality and quantity of ingredients, and taste.
Restaurant name: Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee 十九街雲吞麵
Address: Blk 151, Ang Mo Kio Ave 5, Coffee Shop
Hours: 7:30 am to 4:00 pm
Date visited: 4 Jul 2014
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