Folks who come to JB's "Culture Street" regularly would have noticed Xuu Yau wanton mee shop just beside the famous "Red House" which had been whitewashed (alamak... ). I checked out the new wanton mee shop this morning, and would rank it among the best in Johor Bahru because of their springy QQ noodles.
Boss Sam got together with a few friends to make their own egg noodles and sold them in their respective shops, here in Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, in Taman Pelangi and in Permas Jaya.
In JB, almost all wanton mee stalls/ shops make their own noodles or get their supplies from established noodle makers. Wanton mee fans in JB know who made the noodles as they all have their own (quite subtle) "personalities" in texture and taste.
I ordered a small serving (price RM6.50) of wanton mee in "original flavour" 原味 sauce. I also asked for a bit of chili sauce (
Xuu Yau has the usual white (lard), black (dark soy) and red (chili) sauces.
Oh... these egg noodles were excellent. They were done al dente. They have a soft crunchy texture - tender outside, subtle fleeting firmness inside - qualities which good wanton noodles have.
There was no chemical taste nor any trace at all of lye water 鹼水 (potassium carbonate).
The eggy flavour was subtle, underlying the taste and aroma of fresh lard and a bit of gentle heat from the chili sauce. I enjoyed these noodles.
(Singapore palates may find the sauces in JB a bit mild, as over here they are generally toned down so that we can taste the subtle flavours of the house made egg noodles.)
Gold nuggets buried here and there in the noodles.
The lean pork char siew was roasted at the shop. The lean slices tasted good - chewing the slightly dry roast meat released mildly savoury flavours.
Xuu Yau WTM's soup is old school - I mean it was the taste I remembered from my primary (elementary) school tuck shop in 1960s Singapore. Sam told me that it was made by boiling pork bones (no anchovies).
The wantons were simple and nice - tender sweet knob of minced pork marinated with sesame oil folded in thin soft smooth wanton skin.
4-Star (out of 5). Another shop in my list of best wanton mee in JB 😋 Love the texture and taste of the egg noodles. Worth the 10 plus minutes walk from City Square Mall to here in "Culture Street" (Jalan Tan Hiok Nee) for Kedai Kopi Xuu Yau's WTM.
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The Red House in 2011, a white house today.
Restaurant name: Kedai Kopi Xuu Yau 品苑云吞面
Address: Junction of Jalan Tan Hiok Nee and Jalan Pahang, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: 1°27'23.5"N 103°45'49.9"E | 1.456535, 103.763870
Hours: 7:00am - 3:00pm
Date visited: 31 Aug 2018
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