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Hong Mao Noodle House – Very Popular In Joo Chiat!
By Alfred November 2, 2009
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Hong Mao Noodle House – Very Popular In Joo Chiat!
Fast Facts
Food:
Wanton Mee (云吞面)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Coffee Shop
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Joo Chiat
Food Centre:
N/A
Recommended For:
Breakfast Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

Every once in a while, we come across foodstalls with queues that can take up a bit of our time, but have you ever counted, how many times have you joined the queue only to find out that the quality of the food didn’t justify the waiting time?


Hong Mao Mian Jia at 128 Tembeling Road

Hong Mao Mian Jia at 128 Tembeling Road is very popular around Joo Chiat area. Although the name suggests that they serve Ang Mo noodles, there are no noodles that’s bizarrely Ang Mo style here. It’s just the common Wanton Mee that we can buy anywhere else though the appearance of the stall did looked very traditional.

When I turned up at the stall on a warm Sunday afternoon, I was told that the wait time could be 45 mins long. It was very easy for me to conclude that this is one of those stalls that will be worth the long wait time and possibly a gem to behold.

Happily, I waited. In case you’re wondering why it’s named Ang Mo Noodle House, rumors have it that the original owner of this stall looks like an Eurasian so everyone called him as the Ang Mo Wanton Mee seller so it’s an “Ang Mo” Noodle House.

So, mercy the misleading name of this Wanton Mee stall, there are no Char Siew Pasta or minced pork Agnolotti to be found.

My noodles arrived exactly after 45 mins waiting time. I must also mention that, while I was waiting, two regular customers came and was allowed to jump queue(the seller authorised it of course) and they both ordered something like 5 packets each for take away. Barring those 2 customers, the wait time should be a lot shorter and maybe something like 20-25 mins so don’t let the 45 mins wait time scares you off ok?


Hong Mao Mian Jia’s Wanton Mee $3.50

From the photo above, you can easily tell that the noodles look like maggi mee. Well it even tasted like it, except that it’s not that well cooked. Just dump your maggi mee into the boiling water for approximately 30 seconds and the texture will be identical to this. I’m sure many in the queue would testify to the special texture of this noodles though I would prefer my noodles to come a little bit more spongy.

This is a very oily plate of Wanton Mee. Probably half of the sauce makes up of oil and the overall taste of it was very interesting no doubt. The sweetness and saltiness were subtle and the chilli sauce tasted very similar to the Fei Fei Wanton Mee’s chilli. Being so near to each other(around 100 metres), won’t be surprised if they copied from each other.

The char siew here is just red dyed meat though the round tips of it were pretty charred so it’s quite delicious though it’s definitely very far from the best. The wanton was choke-full of minced pork which was slightly salty but nonetheless pretty good. The soup, on the other hand, was a let down for me though I must mention that it’s all that ikan bilis flavour which is something I dread.

Totally understandable why some regard this as a gem. It is definitely unique and probably 2 notches above the common ones you find in the market. May or may not boost your umami, it all depends on how well you receive the differences, after all, authenticity is a relative term, agree?


Hong Mao Mian Jia’s Wanton Mee $3.50

Price: $3.50

Conclusion: Pretty interesting flavour in the sauce. Noodles was less spongy than I would prefer but a refreshing change no doubt. Wanton was good though not great. Soup was disaster for me with all that ikan bilis flavour. Can understand why this is popular, probably a few more visits are needed to see if I can get the hang of the taste.

Likes: Sauce was unique, with subtle sweetness and saltiness.

Dislikes: Probably can do better for me if it’s that slightly sweeter and less oily.

Address Overall Rating


Hong Mao Mian Jia
128 Tembeling Road
7am to 4pm
Off: Mondays


Food:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Authenticity:
9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.25/10 ★★★★★★★¼☆☆ 

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Readers' Comment(s) : 9
Derrick says:

No doubt the best. Shiok!

Posted November 2, 2009
Kang says:

You must try the chicken feet. It’s what they are fmaous for. I always get 2 portion to go with my wanton mee.

Posted November 2, 2009
Ken says:

It’s the chilli that is special.

Posted November 2, 2009
Choong says:

Never go on weekend, weekday wnt need to queue very long.

Posted November 7, 2009
foodlovee says:

I just ate here 3 weeks ago and have already make 4 trips just to eat this wanton noodles.Amount the tops in my list.

Posted January 10, 2010
Alfred says:

I guess this is quite special, if only the noodles can be that more QQ. I just went last week as well and had the chicken feet which wasn’t too bad.

Posted January 10, 2010
foodlovee says:

Mine was QQ no problem with the noodles and wantons.I have fallen in love with this wanton noodles and going again this weekend from Yishun just eat wanton noodles here.

Posted January 11, 2010
Andy says:

Hi Alfred,

There was a recent report by the NEA boasting about their upgrading projects and it mentioned the closure of the Fengshan 85 hawker centre.

However there was no follow up report by the news that there was a transit market which has opened right next to it. This temporary market was apparently paid for by the hawkers themselves and their business has been suffering because there was no news about the fact that it is still business as usual at the transit market. It is located at bedoke north road and bedoke north street 4 – open area at block 84.

I hope the foodie readers here who frequent there could help spread the news about their “re-opening” because the hawkers are suffering from the loss of business due to the omissions by the NEA/newspapers.

Posted March 26, 2012
tkc says:

yes this is the best wanton mee that i hv tasted i think is the chilli that is special too bad the charsiew is not up to those roasted standard btw the new stall at 182joochiat rd has change new owner n i feel the noodles is not as tasty as before still i will go bk again as i find that the mee texture is still springy to my liking

Posted June 11, 2012
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