En Ji Noodle House is a well loved old school noodle shop serving Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram residents for over 16 years. The Wong family running En Ji makes everything in house, from egg noodles to char siew and chili sauce all from scratch.
Stepping into En Ji, a large mural featuring rustic street scenes and the Leaning Tower of Teluk Intan dominates the simply furnished shop lot. (Teluk Intan is formerly known as Teluk Anson 安順.)
Sitting down, I like the classic noodle shop feel I get at En Ji from the hand carved wood panels, wall mural, marble tops and family oriented clientele.
Owner Mr. Wong Keat Leong hails from Teluk Intan. His grandfather came from Guangzhou (China) and was engaged in the noodle, bun and dim sum trade in Teluk Intan. He passed down his skills to his descendants - Mr Wong's father set up En Ji noodle stall in 1965 in Teluk Intan.
Now, Mr Wong and wife May (an Anak Johor) continued his grandfather's legacy in Johor Bahru (since 2001). Starting work at 4:30am, the Wong family get their fresh egg noodles ready for customers everyday by 7:00am.
En Ji's house made egg noodles are relatively thick, slightly crinkly and felt dense and heavy. Mr Wong cooked it al dente - it is tender but have a firm yet gentle spring to the bite. I like the feel of En Ji's noodles.
The egg noodles are tossed in a tasty blend of savoury sweet sauce with lard and aromatic cooked oil 熟油.
We asked for sambal chili separately in a small dish (instead of directly in the noodles). The house made sambal chili is zesty, mildly spicy and has a gentle crustacean savouriness. We love this.
En Ji's house made char siew sliced thin is mainly lean meat but it is juicy with mild savoury marination and a slight toasty smokiness. It's good 😋
We love En Ji's braised chicken feet. They are large and fleshy, and braised to just the right tenderness and flavour - we can taste the delicate flavour and smell the gentle aroma of the spices. We liked En Ji's chicken feet so much that we ordered a second helping.
En Ji's wanton's are good sized - a thumbnail size knob of soft marinated minced pork wrapped in an envelope of smooth wanton skin.
The wanton soup is made by boiling anchovies and stock bones - the tea coloured soup has a good medium body and a nice gentle savoury sweetness.
En Ji's fried wantons are crispy and taste good too.
The dumplings had meaty fillings laced with julienned carrot, turnip, black fungus etc.
👉 We enjoyed our lunch at En Ji Noodle House. The house made tender noodles have their own signature firm springy texture. The sauces have just the right flavour. The char siew, wanton, fried wanton, dumplings and chicken feet were all nice too. If you are around Ulu Tiram, En Ji is a good brekky or lunch option.
Restaurant name: En Ji Noodle House 恩记面家
Address: 41, Jalan Beladau 4, Taman Puteri Wangsa, Ulu Tiram, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1°35'16.4"N 103°48'15.7"E | 1.587884, 103.804372
Tel: 07 867 6963
Hours: 7:00am to 3:00pm (Monday off)
Date visited: 31 Jan 2017