Eng’s Noodles House is definitely not a stranger to wanton noodles lovers. I finally visited its new shop in Tanjong Katong yesterday. If you are new to this wanton noodles shop, it all began in the 1950s when a China cantonese immigrant called “Panjang” started peddling wanton mee within Joo Chiat neighbourhood on his tricycle-converted pushcart.
Besides making his own noodles, Panjang gave the recipe a little twist by creating a different chilli paste to suit the strong tastebuds of his customers in Joo Chiat whom many are chilli-loving Peranakans.
Panjang’s son, Eng, would help him call out for sales and send deliveries to nearby households. When Eng matures into his twenties in the 1960s, he took over the ladle. He decided to stop peddling and station his pushcart at Duku Road. In 1970s, he was relocated to Dunman Food Centre. And last year, they have relocated to a bigger shop space along Tanjong Katong Road. His wanton noodles has won several awards, including the prestigious Hawker Masters at the Asian Masters in 2011.
Unfortunately, Eng has passed on two months ago. But his wonton noodle will live on through his son, Mr Desmond Ng, who is determined to continue the legacy left by his father and grandfather.
The egg noodles here are factory made specially to Eng’s specifications and are excellent. They are super springy with a nice egg fragrance. I didn’t like the char siew though, because I am already sold by Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Noodle‘s bu jian tian char siew. But well, we just have to accept it that we can’t have the best of both worlds.
The wantons are small but yummy. Even though I ordered the dry version, its wanton is still very slippery and goes well with the noodles. It is hidden under the noodles to let them soak up the delicious sauce that gathered below. They also have a generous amount of caixin which makes me happy. Remember to add some fried pork lard and green chilli. And the chilli sauce, wahbiang, it is really HOT. For a chilli lover like me, I can only take a tiny bit of it and mix with my noodles. Nothing much to shout about the soup, it just helps me to wash down the fiery chilli sauce.
I don’t really like their deep fried wanton. Too much skin, too little filling. The seasoning could be improved. Each bowl of wanton noodles costs $4 (small) and $5 (large).
Eng’s Noodles House
Address: 287 Tanjong Katong Road
Open daily: 11am to 9pm