Ang Mo Kio 453 Wanton Noodle – Value for Money Wanton Mee!
Upon walking into Mayflower Food Centre, it isn’t hard to spot the Ang Mo Kio 453 Wanton Noodle stall. A long queue awaited us as we arrived at 10am – a testament to its popularity! They had previously set up shop at Chong Boon Food Centre at Blk 453 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, hence the stall’s name. Run by a husband and wife duo, their Wanton Mee is prepared following a well-kept family recipe passed down from generation to generation. Despite moving to this new location last year, it would seem that this Wanton Mee continues to be a local favourite.
After a 15-minute wait, I was finally ready to eat. I first tried their signature Wanton Mee which comes in two sizes ($3.00/ $4.00). I opted for the smaller $3.00 version which comes with three wantons. Though for an additional $1.00, you can get a larger plate of noodles and extra wantons. The noodles were topped with char siew, fried lard and chopped spring onions. It also came with some sliced green chillies, which you may opt to have served on the side instead of on the plate itself. The noodles were drier and less saucy compared to other Wanton Mees out there. Despite this, I found that the fried lard had released enough oil to sufficiently coat the noodles. I also found that adding some of the soup from the bowl of wantons helped to loosen up the noodles as they were drying up.
However, I did feel that the chilli sauce slightly overpowered the taste of the noodles, making its eggy flavour less apparent. I do think that the noodles themselves were cooked decently though – they were al dente and retained their springy texture. The char siew, which was not dry and quite tender, had a slight char that complemented its slightly sweet flavour. In fact, the char siew is actually roasted in-house on a daily basis. This is impressive considering the the small space that they have in their stall! With all the fattiness of the pork lard and char siew, mixing in the green chillies really helps to add a sour tang to cut through the oiliness of the dish. The addition of chopped spring onions also adds a refreshing touch to the dish.
The wantons, which are served in a slightly peppery broth, are handmade by the stall owners every day. The wantons were tasty as they had a good ratio of dumpling skin and meat filling. The wanton skin was silky and had just the right thickness, while the minced pork and shrimp filling retained its meaty texture.
I also tried their Prawn Dumpling Noodles which is slightly pricier ($3.50/ $4.50). This time, I went for the larger version and got four prawn dumplings. The prawn dumplings were the star of the show for me. These plump dumplings were generously filled with meat filling. I really liked the fact that the dumpling actually contained a whole piece of prawn, instead of minced prawn which is sometimes used. This and the addition of water chestnuts in the prawn dumpling made for a springy and delicious bite. If you decide to visit 453 AMK Wanton Mee, I would recommend giving the Prawn Dumpling Noodles a try!
Ang Mo Kio 453 Wanton Noodle
Address: 162 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4, Mayflower Market & Food Centre, Singapore 560162
Area: Ang Mo Kio
Opening Hours: 8am to 2:30pm daily, closed on Wednesday
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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