When we think of local supper foods, prata and maggi mee would probably come to mind. The last thing we’d probably think of is wanton mee. This homely dish is easy to down at any time of the day — morning, afternoon and definitely, at midnight. But unfortunately, most wanton mee stalls in Singapore have their shutters down by 10pm.
That is, except Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle.
This wanton mee stall in Tanglin Halt Market has been with the hawker centre since the very beginning, feeding the young and old from dinner all the way till the wee hours of the morning.
Many flock to the stall for a simple dinner or a quick, hearty supper. Queues can get pretty long during dinnertime and continue even past 8.30pm.
The stall is run by a mother-son duo, with the mom holding the fort at the stoves and the son taking orders at the frontline. The team works in harmonious clockwork and with great efficiency.
Their menu is as straightforward as can be with only two types of noodles — Wanton or Dumpling Noodle (S$3/small, S$3.50/large).
We got a plate of wanton noodles (S$3.50) which entailed a plate of thin yellow noodles topped with char siew, chye sim, green chilies and with a side of chili sauce.
The noodles were really springy with a good bite to them. Tossed in the dark savoury sauce and chili concoction, the noodles were pretty flavourful.
Sadly, the char siew slices didn’t fare that well. Their dry, bland texture relegated them to the ‘cardboard char siew’ category. But, we have to give credit to them for their generosity with the slices.
But, the wantons rescued the dish. They were plump and juicy, generously stuffed with seasoned minced pork — some of the better wantons we’ve had throughout our journey with wanton mee.
Overall, would we travel all the way to Tanglin Halt Market just for this? Probably not. But if we happen to be in the area during suppertime, we’d be more than happy to oblige!
48A Tanglin Halt Rd, Tanglin Halt Market, Stall #04
Tues to Fri: 5pm – 2.30am
Sat: 5pm – 1am
Nearest Station: Commonwealth