Monday, 26 January 2015

Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee Singapore 德明叉烧云吞面

I hesitated a while before writing this post, as Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee has not much going for it except for it's exceptional chili sauce. I decided to go ahead as some of you might be persuaded by the unique chili sauce alone, and also taste is subjective, so there may be more going for Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee in other's opinion.

This stall serves wanton mee at the customers' tables, which is exceptional in Singapore food centres where "self service" is the norm. I had wanted to carry my own food back to my table, but the friendly boss insisted that it be brought to me.


The plate of noodles doesn't look appetising when it arrived. Everything on it seemed to be thrown together in a hurry. The stall was indeed a very small operation. The middle aged boss did all the order taking, cooking and cashier work. His elderly mum did the delivery work.

The colours were pale and anaemic except for that splash of bright red chili at the side.


The noodles were quite thick and cooked too soft for my liking. The noodles were limp and spongy, as if all life and flavours were drained from them. 


The roughly sliced char siew tasted as weak as it's pale look.


The wantons though small were quite tasty, the minced pork filling was tender and skin slippery smooth.


The noodles came alive after tossing in the drippy blend of sesame oil, soy sauce and special house blended chili sauce.

The chili sauce had a nice sharp hot sting and a lingering bite which I liked. Together with the sesame oil and soy sauce, the chili sauce created a tasty multidimensional, layered sauce which seemed to blend chili with ginger.


The stall also provides generic ketchup in squeeze bottles if you need something sweet to balance or moderate the spiciness.

Fans of Eng's wanton mee may do a double-take when you taste Dunman Road Char Siew wanton mee.


Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee used to be known as Eng's Wanton Mee. One of the partners left in 2011 to set up his own shop along Tanjong Katong Road and took the brand Eng's Wanton Mee with him. The original location in Dunman Food Centre was then renamed Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee.

The two wanton mee shops remained similar though with distinct differences. In my opinion, Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee has the more interesting blend of chili and tossing sauce.

There are two wanton mee stalls operating at Dunman Road Food Centre during the day, both with their own following. (A third WTN stall known as Seng's, operate during the night.) At the moment, Joo Chiat Ah Huat which is located at the lower level appears to have a larger following than Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee.

If you are alright with noodles cooked till limp (I know of friends who do), can accept average char siew and wanton as long as the chili sauce and tossing sauce are great, then Dunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee may be for you.

I do see myself coming back and will request for extra chili sauce ;-D

Restaurant nameDunman Road Char Siew Wanton Mee 德明叉烧云吞面
Address: #02-19 Dunman Road Food Centre (271 Onan Rd at Dunman Rd, Singapore)
Hours: 10:00 am to 8:30 pm (closed on Thurs)
Non Halal

Date visited: 25 Jan 2015

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1 comment:

  1. Yes, it beats many many stores....Tanjong Katong shop????? Have long sacked from my list...


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