Wanton noodles, known colloquially as wanton mee, may hail from Cantonese cuisine, but its Southeast Asian permutation is markedly different from the soupy original. In Singapore, Malaysia and even Thailand, wanton noodles connote dry egg noodles dressed in a dark sauce and chilli mix, topped with slivers of fatty barbecued pork, still tinged by woodsmoke, handmade shrimp dumplings and the cautionary strand of green leafy vegetables (because the presence of greens imply balance, obviously). All of these versions of wanton noodles bear their own idiosyncrasies, and all of these different takes coalesce in Singapore.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper, a good bowl of wanton noodles checks any of those boxes. We’ve rounded up some of the spots we deem serve the best wanton noodles in Singapore, the next time you’re hit with a craving.

Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist

 

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Snaking queues are the norm at Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist, and for good reason, given that this stall has been running since 1965, and remains the pitstop for Singapore’s bestselling wanton noodles. Ji Ji serves a family recipe, using thicker, chewier egg noodles that taste less oily than your run-of-the-mill version, slivers of sweet char siew and wantons that snap with every bite.

Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist, #02-49, Hong Lim Food Complex, Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531, +65 6532 2886

88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist

 

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Though 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialists are best known for their namesake offerings, they also make a mean wanton noodle dish, topped with generous chunks of caramelised char siew nestling a bed of noodles coated in a sticky, spicy dark sauce. There is even the option to add crispy pork belly as an additional topping — one we’d highly recommend.

88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist, 153 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207566, +65 8225 2495

Wong Kee Wanton Noodles & Roasted Delights

 

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Wong Kee Wanton Noodles & Roasted Delights is another close contender for the most popular wanton noodles in Singapore, and anyone who has eaten there will testify to that. The wantons served with the noodle dish are the real star here, so generously portioned and teeming with shrimp, spring onion and pork, cooked to chewy glory. Wong Kee is also well-known for offering spinach noodles instead of the usual egg noodles for those feeling slightly health-conscious.

Wong Kee Wanton Noodles & Roasted Delights, Timbre+ #01-06, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent, Singapore 139957, +65 9653 4819

Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar

 

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When Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar opened, its very idea seemed blasphemous — a build-your-own-wanton-noodle restaurant in the heart of the Central Business District, where a humble bowl of noodles with all the fixings cost an upwards of S$7. Still, in the spirit of “don’t knock it until you try it”, we’ve come to recognise Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar as a haven for some of the finest pork belly char siew we’ve encountered, where each moreish slice teems with sweet barbecue marinade, wood smoke, and caramelised pork fat.

Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar, 52 Amoy Street, Singapore 069878, +65 6221 1336

Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Mee

 

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Tiong Bahru Market’s Zhong Yu Yuan Wanton Mee is perpetually plagued by a lengthy queue, so expect to wait at least 20 minutes for a bowl of wanton noodles, featuring their famous bu jian tian char siew, made from the extra tender cut that is the pig’s armpit. The stall sells out by noon each day, so be sure to come by early.

Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Mee, #02-30 30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.