This is another drive by discovery. We drove slowly along Jalan Parit Mesjid in Pontian, looking for where local folks gather. Then, we stumbled upon this popular Pontian style wanton mee stall which is under the radar to most outsiders.
Cars along the road and people eating inside warrant a closer look :-D Sometimes, it turn up very interesting eateries - like this time.
There were lots of local folks enjoying their wanton mee here.
There's red (ketchup based Pontian style) and black (soy sauce based). Since we are in Pontian, we opted for the signature red :-D
The egg noodles were done soft al dente. It has a light spring to the bite which I like. The char siew is lean though still moist as is the local style in Pontian, and generally in Johor. (I prefer some fat and char in my char siew ;-p ).
What stood out for me in this wanton noodles is the sambal chili. It has crustacean savouriness, the spiciness of chili pepper and the sweetness of onion. All melded together in one savoury, spicy, sweet delicious paste.
The sambal chili pushed the ketchup into the background making this Pontian wanton mee more appealing to my taste buds :-D
The clear soup has a nice old school anchovy flavour and bone stock savoury sweetness which I like. The bouncy fish balls have a fresh fish taste. The wanton skin was soft and smooth while the tender minced pork fillings were fresh and sweet.
While here, I heard a constant soft scratching sound. It's Ah Mah (grandma) making sambal chili. Patiently stirring and pushing that spatula through the wok of ground chili, ground dried shrimps and diced onion over slow fire. I asked Ah Mah how long does it take to cook a wok of sambal chili. She said she will keep frying it till it is done, which is at least 2 hours.
When I asked for more sambal chili, I was generously given a large dollop. "Do you want more?" the lady boss asked with a friendly smile.
->> Enjoy a Pontian style wantan mee at a stall set in a rustic kampung home. All the good wanton mee elements are here and the sambal chili is the main draw for me.
Co-located with the wantan mee stall is a 摇摇冰 stand - a kind of Taiwanese style flavoured ice slushy which children gravitate to. It's actually a great complement to the wantan noodles.
Restaurant name: 笨珍招意面
Address: At the junction of Jalan Parit Mesjid and Lorong Yunus, Pontian, Johor, Malaysia
GPS: 1.490221, 103.393240 / 1°29'24.8"N 103°23'35.7"E
Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm (Closed on Tues)
Date: 14 May 2016
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