The Place I’ve been intending to head to Chef Kang’s Noodle House for the longest time, the causal stall located in a nondescript and spacious cookhouse in Toa Payoh by One Michelin-starred Chef Kang. While you may not spot Chef Kang cooking your noodles here, he still runs his Michelin-starred eponymous restaurant along Mackenzie Road. The location of the stall is in Jackson Square in Toa Payoh Lorong 3, and there is ample parking space if you were to drive.
The Food Wanton Mee, that’s about it. Choose from the basic Noodle with Char Siew and Wanton (S$5) or if you fancy, pay S$10 for additional shredded abalone.
I had the basic option, which comes thick slices of char siew meat, vegetables and a small bowl of wanton soup. The noodles is tossed in dark sauce, and it is definitely more flavourful after adding some chilli to it. Both the wanton dumplings and char siew are freshly prepared at the stall.
The char siew is the best part for me, as it is sweet enough. The char siew meat is tender, and has the right balance of fat and lean meat. I especially like the slightly charred edges of the meat as well. As for the wanton dumplings, it is also quite competent and filled with generous minced meat and shreds of vegetables. In addition, the wanton soup is thick and creamy. Special mention goes to the tiny cubes of pork lard in the bowl, which is so sinfully crispy and good.
Not that it is bad, but I find that the noodles are pretty normal and is the weakest link here. How does this fare as opposed with Kok Kee Wanton Mee? I very much prefer Kok Kee’s noodles, that is if you like the old school flavour. However, the char siew at Chef Kang’s Noodle House is way better, coupled with the to-die-for pork lard. The former is traditional old school flavour, while the latter is a modern take on wanton noodles.
Rants Be prepared to wait in line for at least 30 minutes on weekends.
Will I Return Again? As a Bib Gourmand recipient, expectations run high especially when Chef Kang’s name is involved. Chef Kang’s Noodle House is definitely worth a try, and you will get above average wanton mee for sure. The next time, I will order an extra plate of char siew.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 2/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Chef Kang’s Noodle House
11 Lor 3 Toa Payoh
Block A Jackson Square
Tuesday to Friday: 8am to 4pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8am to 2pm
Closed on Mondays
Ranted by The Ranter