Served dry or in soup, Wanton Mee comes in two distinct versions, the Hong Kong-style version or the Malaysian and Singaporean version.
Hong Kong-style Wanton Mee is usually served in a clear broth, with dumplings filled with ingredients such as prawns and pork. The thin noodles are blanched quickly, giving it an al dente texture. Extremely popular in Cantonese restaurants, a good Hong Kong-style Wanton Mee should feature slightly crunchy noodles and plump dumplings with a translucent skin, filled with goodies such as prawns, pork and black fungus. Some good family restaurants which feature Hong Kong-style Wanton Mee include Crystal Jade Kitchen and Imperial Treasure Cantonese Cuisine.
The Singaporean and Malaysian versions are largely similar, offering slices of Char Siew (barbecued pork), in addition to bite-sized dumplings and leafy vegetables. The local version is often eaten dry, and sometimes comes with deep-fried dumplings as well. The sauce for dry Wanton Mee varies from stall to stall, with the Malaysia version made with black soy sauce, and the Singaporean version consisting of tomato sauce, chilli sauce and sesame oil.
Char Siew plays an important role in local Wanton Mee, with succulent and charred slices considered the best. Egg noodles are also used, and are usually yellow, springy and flat. Char Siew is also eaten with rice, together with a sweet barbeque dipping sauce. Char Siew marbled with fat is the most flavourful, as it gives it a distinct charred taste. However, lean Char Siew has become more popular with the health-conscious.
In recent years, other variations of Wanton Mee have made appearances, such as Kolo Mee from Sarawak. Good and authentic local Wanton Mee can be found cheaply in food centres in Singapore, with some stalls more well-known then others. Some popular food stalls that sell it include Foong Kee Coffee Shop along Keong Siak Road, Kok Kee Wanton Mee at Lavender Food Centre, and Happy Wanton Noodle at Bukit Timah Food Centre. Wanton Mee is a must-try for all noodle lovers and will definitely leave you wanting more.