Kok Kee Wanton Noodle @ Lavender Food Square
Ok, I know I’ve been reviewing a great deal of “atas” places since this blog started and it’s honestly a coincidence that there has been a great deal of celebration and feasting at such uppity joints. The focus of this blog is meant to be on food, regardless of the location, ambience and price point, so long as that food is good!
Well folks, insofar as Wanton Mee is concerned, it honestly doesn’t get any better than Kok Kee Wanton Noodle at Lavender Food Square (ok it has always perplexed me how wanton mee is supposed to be spelt in English…is it wanton (which sounds vulgar, hehe) or wan tan?). I honestly have no idea why the rating of this place is so poor on Hungry Go Where but I can assure you that my experiences at this place have always been satisfying to say the least. The only way to know for sure is to go down and try it for yourself.
That being said, I paid $28 for 3 plates of mee (2 small and 1 large), a bowl of dumpling soup and a plate of fried wanton. By hawker standards, this is extremely expensive. On the bright side, whilst the price has gone up, the quality certainly hasn’t gone down. Not one bit. I mean, the first time I tried this wanton mee was when I was about 6 years old and 22 years later, it tastes exactly the same – and that’s a good thing! Thumbs up for consistency notwithstanding the completely out of proportion inflation.
Apart from the price, the only two other things which I should mention are (a) the (generally) very long queue; and (b) the extremely tiny portions. If you are a small eater then I guess there aren’t any problems but if not, then you will either need to order a larger portion or order other dishes to go along with your plate of noodles.
The picture above is of the large portion; the small is half of this.
It really is so good. The best part, to me, is the chilli sauce they use, the bite of the mee and the gravy that the mee is drenched in. I would mention though that the noodles are drenched in quite a bit of oil so if you are cholesterol conscious then, well, this really shouldn’t be your thing. My dad would say take your cholesterol medication and just whack cause, after all, YOLO. I don’t really agree with that but you can reward yourself from time to time (Scott Peck’s Road Less Traveled and all that jazz y’know?).
Now I’ve not tried the Pontian Wanton Mee in Malaysia but the one in Singapore really isn’t that great. To me, this is my go to place if I ever have a wanton mee craving. Go try it out. You won’t be disappointed. Promise. =)
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