Amoy Food Centre got a few stalls selling wanton mee. Beside the very different “A Noodle Story“, there are 2 other stalls at the ground floor. But what draws the crowd are the two stalls opposite each other on the 2nd floor ie Wah Kee Noodle and Tai Seng Noodle House. There’s always a queue at both stalls during lunch time.
First up, Wah Kee Noodle. This is a spin off from the popular GuangDong Wanton Mee at Maxwell Food Centre. Unfortunately that owner has passed away and Wah Kee Noodle is run by his brother.Wah Kee sells more traditional Cantonese style noodles. It more popular item is the beef brisket noodle which sells out pretty early. But for this taste comparo, I had the wanton mee, I added an extra $1 for more dumpling.The wanton are bigger than the usual wanton that other stalls elsewhere serve.
Next up is Tai Seng Noodle House.The operation at Tai Seng is a bit messy and frankly looks very unhygienic although judging by the long queues that forms everyday, nobody seems to have been fatally poisoned by them.
This the more the local wanton mee that we are used except that the portion is so huge. My bowl cost $4 and they piled on the char siew and wanton like it is free and I supposed that is why the queue is so long.
So which stalls serve it better?
- Service. The lady boss at Wah Kee is pretty fierce. The cook is very much more friendlier and always acknowledge the people around the stall with a smile. Tai Seng on the other hand is a pretty much one woman show although recently a man has been helping out. She too busy to acknowledge customer. Both are really the no-frill no fuss self service type. Both also use disposable cutlery which I find it impossible to use to drink soup from. Somehow the taste is totally different. A draw for both. WK 2 / TS 2
- Prices. Prices starts from $3.00 at Wah Kee. Top up $1 for dumplings, extra noodles or char siew. Prices at Tai Seng used to be $3 but has recently increased to $4 if I am not wrong. But the plate of noodles is still piled to the brim with char siew, and both fried and boiled wanton. WK 3/TS 5
- Variety. Beside the wanton mee, Wah Kee sells beef brisket and chicken noodles. Tai Seng has mushroom noodle beside the wanton noodles. WK 4/TS 3
- Quality. The char siew at Wah Kee is very much better compared to the stringy bits at Tai Seng. The wanton are also bigger and tastier. The noodles at Wah Kee are springy and does not comes in clumps unlike those at Tai Seng. WK 4/TS 3
- Taste. Wah Kee’s version is more flavourful and hence tastier. Tai Seng’s robust and more home cooked. Depending on whether one likes the Hongkong version or the local version of wanton mee, each one will have its own opinion on taste. WK 4/TS 4
Final score. Wah Kee 17 Tai Seng 17. Its a draw! Go to Wah Kee if you want something nicer and more refined. If value for money is what you looking for, it will have to be Tai Seng.