Mr Good Says:
According to my friend who lives in Katong, there are 2 popular old school wanton mee in her neighbourhood, Mei Yuen and Eng's. They are supposedly very different in style so wanton mee fans are divided between the two. I tried Mei Yuen and love it! But as a foodie, I just had to try Eng's to find out for sure which camp I belong to. My chance came when Eng's Wantan Noodle opened a branch near me at Westgate!
For those in the know, there was a mini saga involving Eng's in 2018 so now there are 2 Eng's opposite each other on Tanjong Katong Road- Eng's Wantan Noodle and Eng's Char Siew Wantan Mee. This review is about Eng's Wantan Noodle.
I am fussy about shop cleanliness so I really appreciate Eng's Wantan Noodle Westgate's clean premises (their staff clear used plates really quickly) and efficient service. Prices are affordable (drinks from S$1.50, side dishes from S$3 and wanton noodles from S$4.50). For an economical eatery like this, the space between tables are pretty decent.
Unlike in Hong Kong where wanton mee is literally wanton (prawn and pork dumplings) and mee (noodles), Singapore's version is typically served with minced pork dumplings and char siew pork slices.
But the first question I asked when I got my noodles was "where are my wantons"? Finally, I found the wantons beneath the noodles! I believe that this is done to keep the wantons moist and flavourful as they soak in the sauce. If so, thumbs up for the thoughtfulness! Served this way (instead of on top of the noodles or in the soup) makes the wantons really juicy and tasty. However, I missed the umami of tee po (sun dried flat fish) that Mei Yuen wantons had.
The char siew (barbecued pork) is very old school, lean and thinly sliced with zero char with a reddish outer layer. Nothing to shout about but they are tender with no unpleasant porky taste. I also give brownie points to Eng's for keeping the pork traditional.
Over here, egg noodles are thicker than usual. I like the noodles, which are springy, offers good bite and has no alkaline taste.
At Eng's, all their noodles are served in a non-spicy savoury clear sauce. A bottle of homemade chilli sauce will be provided at every table so that you can add as much as you like. And that is really potent hot stuff. Spicy lovers should be pleased.
Overall, I like Eng's Wantan Noodle and agree with others that Eng's specialty lies in the thick egg noodles and super spicy chilli sauce. I will be back again since it is near me. However, I can now tell you for sure that I belong to the Mei Yuen camp.
Mr Good Says: