Swatow Wanton Noodle – The Highlight is Their Delightful Laksa
Opened for almost 50 years, Swatow Wanton Noodle is managed by Linda and her 72-year-old mother. Linda is a second-generation hawker who learnt the recipes from her mother. Nowadays, her mother takes the morning shift while she handles the afternoon and evening shifts. They serve a variety of noodle dishes such as wanton noodle, Ipoh hor fun, and laksa.
The signature at Swatow, as its name suggests, is the wanton noodle ($3/$4/$5). Unlike most stalls that drench their noodles with either chilli sauce or ketchup, Swatow’s wanton mee is soaked in a dark sauce. We enjoyed the al dente noodles but felt that the sauce can be improved on. It was a tad too bland for our liking.
Surprisingly, the dumplings in the soup that accompanies the wanton mee are plump and tasty. Each dumpling is generously stuffed with minced pork, black fungus, shrimps, and water chestnuts for that extra crunch. Linda explained that her mother arrives at the stall as early as 4am daily just to make the dumplings by hand. Her effort has certainly paid off.
The Ipoh Hor Fun ($3/$4/$5) fared better than the wanton noodle. Braised mushrooms, shredded chicken and vegetables sit atop the silky rice noodles. This dish is light, but flavourful. We would prefer a richer gravy for lunch or dinner, but slurping on the smooth hor fun and tender chicken makes an ideal breakfast.
The unexpected star of Swatow took us by surprise. The Laksa($3.50/$4.50), contains cockles, taupok, beansprouts, and slices of fishcake. The laksa broth is reasonably thick with just the right amount of spiciness. You can request for more chilli, of course, but we enjoyed it the way it was served. Be warned, the broth is very addictive.
Bedok has tons of good food, but we would specially make a return visit just for Swatow’s laksa. You might also want to try their mushroom chicken feet noodle, and Teochew homemade fried ngoh hiang which Linda highly recommends. There were only two of us, so we were too full to stomach more. Do grab a larger group of friends so you can savour more dishes!
Swatow Wanton Noodle
Address: #01-50, Fengshan Market & Food Centre, 85 Bedok North Street 4, Singapore 460085
Opening Hours: 7am to 9pm. Closed on Wednesdays.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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