Wen Kang Ji Wanton Noodle 文康記 may be one of the newest stalls at Golden Mile Food Centre, located at one of the more secluded corners, but it has certainly gathered quite a bit of buzz amongst wanton mee aficionados.

Who’s Wen Kang?

He is actually the baby boy son of one of the chef-owners – who used to cook at Tsui Hang Restaurant in Scotts Road.

If you arrive before stall opening hours say at 10am, you would be given a number tag to wait around. The queue did start forming long at 10:30am.

Due to the various calling of number tags and long line (with no one to manage the queue), it did get pretty confusing during certain moments. Perhaps give them a while to settle and come out with a better system?

Although the closing hour indicates 5pm, they are often sold out earlier.

On the menu are Wanton Noodles ($5, $7) along with Dumpling Noodles ($4), Dumpling Soup ($4) and Wanton Soup ($4).

The noodles are priced higher than the usual, and for a good reason… the Char Siew which is roasted in-stall.

A friend told me that the $7 Jumbo Bowl was too much; while another commented $5 was little. I thought the $5 was just nice.

So just look at that gloriously glazed ”bu jian tian” (literally meaning “don’t see the sky”) Char Siew.

An underarm cut of the pork is used, with a good lean meat-fat ratio to maintain its juiciness during roasting.

Lovely char layer, succulent meat, no major complains for this price – this was as good as those served in some top Chinese restaurants. (Except that I marginally prefer Tiong Bahru Market’s Zhong Yu Yuan Wei’s as those seemed to be better marinated.)

The bite of the noodles reminded me of Kok Kee Wanton Noodles – the current version after being bought over by Jumbo Group, not the older style.

Actually, even the orange plate, the chilli and the more soupy sauce would remind many of Kok Kee’s. Except drum-roll…, people may actually prefer Wen Kang Ji’s.

Thankfully, I also ordered the Dumpling Soup as the swee gao were wrapped packed with soft minced meat and shrimp, while the wantons had a larger skin to fillings ratio.

Soup was cloudy looking, but didn’t taste as intense as it looked.

If you are the type who emphasise Char Siew more than other elements in your Wanton Mee, then Wen Kang Ji certainly ranks among the best you can find in Singapore.

Wen Kang Ji Wanton Noodle 文康記
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1-29, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

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