One Tonne Mee 云吞面

UPDATE (JAN 2014): SORRY BUT THIS WANTON MEE STALL IS NO LONGER OPERATING. It is now Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice – Thanks to Jeremy a reader who informed me in comments below.

The last few meals I had were noodles. I regretted saying “oodles of noodles” in Bak Chor Mee post and now I have one tonne of mee to eat! However, I am not disappointed with today’s breakfast. No siree, none whatsoever! I retract regretted. In fact, I am quite excited to introduce you to the latest gem I’ve found in an old charm neighbourhood, Tiong Bahru 😀

Tiong Bahru Neighbourhood.

Tiong Bahru Neighbourhood.

Just by looking at the louvre door gates and meatal grilles on their windows, you will know the buildings are easily half a century old.

Just by looking at the louvre door gates and metal grilles on their windows…

you will know the buildings are easily half a century old.

you will know the buildings are easily half a century old.

The mode of transportation - Vespa ;-)

Retro mode of transportation – Vespa 😉

The lady with an orange plastic bag on the table - that was where I was sitting earlier enjoying my plate of wanton mee.

The lady with an orange plastic bag on the table – that was where I was sitting earlier enjoying my plate of wanton mee.

Uncle making my order of Wanton Mee. In Singapore, we call every non-related men uncle as a form of respect (of course they have to be older than us) and likewise the older ladies as aunties.

Uncle making my order of Wanton Mee. In Singapore, we call every non-related men “uncle” as a form of respect (of course they have to be older than us) and likewise the older ladies as “aunty”.

An aunty (not my aunty, remember?) served us our orders.

An aunty (not my relative, remember?) served us our orders.

S$3 for this plate. No receipt here, it's a kopitiam.

S$3 for this generous upsized plate of noodles with lots of charsiew and 5 wanton dumplings.
No receipt here, it’s a kopitiam so you have to take my word for it.

Wanton is actually dumplings and in this case minced pork dumplings if any contained a little minced prawn meat too.

Wanton (云吞) is actually boiled dumplings and in this case minced pork dumplings. I doubted so but as a disclaimer, these wantons may have contained a little minced prawn meat too.

Meng and I exchanged some of our ingredients. So with a magic wand, I have 2 crab sticks and several fu chok fish paste on my plate.

Meng and I exchanged some of our ingredients. So with the poof of a magic wand, I now have 2 crab sticks and several fried fu chok (beanskin) fish paste thingy on my plate.

Meng's order - Yong Tau Foo Noodles. S$3.

Meng’s order – Yong Tau Foo Noodles. S$3. Standard serving of noodles is S$2.50 but we upsized.

I'm already excited while tossing the noodles. I could feel that they were going to be QQ!

I’m already excited while tossing the noodles. I could feel that they were going to be QQ!

Please let it be QQ... Make my day!!!

Please let it be QQ… Make my day!!!

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“What’s the verdict??? Pray tell, quick!” – Meng implored.

Not telling yoooou!

Not telling yoooou!

Okay, chill yo"... The meaning of QQ in visual form!

Okay, chill yo’… The meaning of QQ in visual form!

Wanton Mee is a common staple among the Chinese and even the non-Muslim Indian population in Singapore. A typical Wanton Mee consists of barbecue pork and of course the wantons which the dish is named after. A few strands of mustard greens (chye sim) and a delicious concoction of seasonings and sauces complete the dish. Originally, a Cantonese meal, you can now find some outsiders (other dialect groups) selling this food.

Needless to say, a good Wanton Mee needs QQ egg noodles to start with. Equally important are the accompaniments mainly the charsiew and wantons. A delicious charsiew calls for fat marbling in the cuts of pork used – the meat has to be charbroiled just right so that the inside is tender and moist with the outside slightly scorched and crispy. The wantons or little meat parcels need marination overnight, or at least 6-8 hours. How would you know? Wantons that are prepared and cooked immediately will taste good but will also quickly deny you the pleasure of what properly marinated wantons can do to excite your tastebuds – an intrinsic sensation where the aromatic aftertaste lingers on and on and on… it’s ineffable!

Would you pay S$3 for your Mind, Body and Soul's satisfaction?

Would you pay S$3 for your Mind, Body and Soul’s satisfaction?

The Kopitiam where Mr. Wanton Mee operates.

The Kopitiam where Mr. Wanton Mee operates.

The stall has no name only menu as a sign board but the tastes it served transcend words!

The stall has no name only menu as a sign board but the tastes it served transcend words!

Wanton Mee Stall
71 Seng Poh Road,
Singapore 160071.
Click here for map directions.

Happy noodling 🙂

You may check out Singapore’s Top 10 Wanton Mee here but I still have my remainder of one tonne from this uncle 😉

UPDATE (JAN 2014): SORRY BUT THIS WANTON MEE STALL IS NO LONGER OPERATING. It is now Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice – Thanks to Jeremy a reader who informed me in comments below.

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12 Responses to “One Tonne Mee 云吞面”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    What a great post! I felt like I was there and I WISH i was. Great pics as usual. So hungry now I have to go make lunch…

  2. jalal michael sabbagh.http://gravatar.com/jmsabbagh86@gmail.com says:

    I enjoyed the post and the pictures.The food is so appealing .Thank you Sam for liking my Post ( Arie/ Kidnapper ) Warm regards.jalal

  3. $3?! Wow. That looks so delicious. I could pay three times plus for that here and still be very happy if it tastes half as good as your photos look.

  4. lignumdraco says:

    $3 ??? I’ll take $30 worth thanks!

  5. Peter Archbold says:

    Food looks great as always and I also love how you capture the old school charm of Tiong Bahru. Nice pics

  6. I guess it’s cheap fot that’s topping
    we pay twice that price for that kind of pok topping….
    btw, we used to called everybody uncle and aunty too in my place…hehehe
    i can hear your slurpping sound here….

  7. Jeremy says:

    The uncle selling the noodle has retired since Dec 13. The stall has been taken over by LOO’s Hainanese Curry Rice

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