The Place After seeing pictures of the egg noodles on social media, I was keen to check out Quan Ji, a Zi Char stall at Amoy Street Food Centre. Quan Ji is one of those rare stalls which is still opened on weekend evenings, and there are plenty of tables along the same row during my visit on Saturday.
The Food The Zi Char menu is nothing out of the ordinary, which features popular dishes like Sweet & Sour Pork Rib, Prawn Paste Chicken and Prawn Roll. It is interesting that the most popular dish is an off-menu item, and I asked the staff directly if they have the noodles wrapped with omelette. Yes, they do, though it still baffles me why this popular dish is not displayed on the menu more prominently.
That aside, I was happy to order the Wong Po Lou Meen (S$20), also known literally as yellow cloth noodles. It only comes in one size and at S$20, it is a huge portion good for 3-4 people. If you only have 2 people, then this dish and one more dish should suffice.
The omelette totally blanketed the noodles. It spots a slightly runny texture, in a shining yellow armour where the fried noodles are covered beneath. The omelette is topped with generous portions of chunky peeled prawns, which explain the price tag. I get why this dish is popular. It is cooked with simple ingredients, yet the combination works perfectly. Greasy, sinful, yet you can’t go wrong with noodles and eggs. While it is a comforting dish, it is best balanced with other dishes, which brings to my point of having at least 3 people to share this dish.
I also had the Prawn Paste Chicken (S$12/small), which is also a generous serving. It has a nice crispy texture and prawn paste flavour here.
Rants Not quite sure why the Wong Po Lou Meen is only available in one size, which is not a very manageable portion for one person or even two people if they were to order other additional dishes.
Will I Return Again? It is a fuss-free and simple meal at Quan Ji on a Saturday evening, a stark contrast to the restaurants along Amoy Street and Telok Ayer Street. This is one good Zi Char spot in the CBD, and it will not be my last visit for sure.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
7 Maxwell Road
#01-56, Amoy Street Food Centre
Tel: +65 9746 1926
Wednesday to Friday: 12pm to 10:15pm
Saturday to Sunday: 4pm to 10:15pm
Closed on Monday & Tuesday
Ranted by The Ranter