It was 3.00am in the wee hour of the night and this hawker center was still packed with lots of hungry looking people, both young and old. I'm talking about the hawker center at Lavendar Food Square at 380 Jalan Besar. Surprisingly. most of the people in the crowd were congregated at a wanton noodle stall, forming a long queue of at least 15 people, all patiently waiting for their turn. It must be the most popular stall there.
Kok Kee Wanton Noodle
I joined the queue though my stomach was groaning for food after my last meal 8 hours ago. I've heard stories raving about how delicious the wanton noodle was at this stall and was therefore, anxious to find out for myself. The stall was simply called "Kok Kee Wanton Noodle".
A Plate of Wanton Noodle
My order was a standard single plate of wanton noodle costing $4, without any extra such as fried wonton in pieces or wonton soup in a bowl. The portion of noodles was small with only two pieces of cooked wanton, four slides of barbecued pork and some "kailang" vegetable. I thought it was expensive and was hoping that the taste would compensate for it's high price. But I was wrong. The sauce was slightly on the sweet side with no trace of barbecued pork taste. It was nothing spectacular. It didn't come close to what I had in my youth many years ago. Nonetheless, the long queue at this store got longer when I left and those people could be right and I'm wrong. It's worth a try to find out for yourself if you're within the vicinity at the wee hour of the night.