Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist – One of Singapore’s Best Wanton Mee!
Lately, I have been returning to one of my favourite haunts, Hong Lim Market and Food Centre, to patronise a wanton mee stall that has become my newest obsession. The lunch queue might deter you, but join the snaking line at Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist, and you’ll realise that the noodles are worth the wait. The trip to Ji Ji is memorable for various reasons — one being the affable young hawker who is really easy to talk to. As friendly as the hawker was, she was quite strict on the stall’s no-photography policy due to some awful encounters with other food bloggers.
The second reason is, of course, the food! Patrons can choose from more than 7 types of noodles. My absolute favourite has to be the Fresh Prawn Dumpling Noodles ($3/$4/$5/$6/$7/$8)! For $4, you get a bowl of springy noodles tossed in homemade fragrant sauce, and a separate bowl of soup comprising three homemade dumplings. Value–for–money? Yes! We observed that the stall owners rely on an automated noodle cooking machine, which is pretty unusual for the hawker trade. The noodles boast an extremely bouncy and springy texture. Sources have stated that the stall owners have arranged for the supplier to manufacture a special type of noodles for their stall, which might explain the noodles’ exceptional texture. After a quick toss with the homemade sauce, the noodles were scrumptious. This has to be one of those few wanton mees that I can slurp down easily even without any accompanying ingredients.
The star of the prawn dumpling noodles is definitely the prawn dumplings, which are gingerly prepared and wrapped by hand every day. Each plump dumpling consists of a generous amount of pork and shrimp filling.
The Char Siew Wanton Noodles ($3/$4/$5/$6/$7/$8) comprise the same delicious noodles tossed in the extremely palatable sauce. You can top the noodles off with a dose of Ji Ji’s chilli, which lends a smoky and spicy punch to the dish. I especially love the hae bi within the chilli, which perfumed the noodles. You can find larger than average slices of char siew and mushroom here. What you should look forward to is the big pieces of wanton which, like the dumplings, are packed with a generous amount of pork filling.
It is only recently that I discovered that many of my friends actually do not fancy yellow noodles that much. Luckily, Ji Ji offers an alternative to their thicker mee kia — Ipoh Hor Fun($3/$4/$5/$6/$7/$8). Our dish arrived with huge chunks of chicken and large mushroom slices resting on thin, flat white noodles. The dish is completed with a bowl of soup with the same wantons featured in the char siew wanton mee. Similar to the mee kia, the hor fun is executed perfectly. We love the slippery and smooth noodles that are extremely tasty when enjoyed together with the homemade sauce.
Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist continues to operate at Hong Lim Food Centre after nearly four decades of being in the hawker industry. If you love wanton noodles, I’ll strongly urge you to pop by for some noodles!
基记面家 Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist
Address: #02-48/49/50 Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531
Phone: 6532 2886
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 6am to 8.30pm. Sundays 6am to 6.30pm.
MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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