One of my favourite hawker food in Singapore is wanton noodles. So, the first place I ate straight after arriving from the airport is Eng's noodle house at Tanjong Katong Road. This store has an illustrious history. 3 generations have already eaten at this place - My grandparents, my parents and my generation. And so have many who lived near the Katong, Joo Chiat and East Coast area.
Eng's have moved to a spanking new place at Tanjong Katong Road. You used to be able to pay for SIN$2.50 or CAN$2 dollars for a bowl of noodles but now, the price has increased to about SIN $4 or CAN$3 which to me, is still very reasonable. Uncle Eng told us the main reason for the increase in price was his monthly rental, which is now around a 5 figure range. Crazy but a true state of reality in urban Singapore. But at least, he has his own outlet - the place is cooler and he has a bigger pool of staff to help him.
Eng's story started in the 1950s. His father, nicknamed Panjang which means tall in Malay started selling wanton mee in a push cart. I can't take a picture of his entire storyboard at his new place but here are some extracts.
|Eng's dad - with copy of his first hawker licence issued by the City Council of Singapore|
|The young Uncle Eng|
|The char siew is sliced quite thinly but the entire combination is heavenly|
|Close up of the wanton.|
|Uncle Eng's mother used to make the noodles when she was alive. Delicious!|
|Wanton mee cooked in a different way - more of the brown soya sauce effect rather than chilli|
|The noodles have a slightly more wet effect than Eng's|
|Gator's mandatory bowl of wanton - I ate everything up :)|
|The wanton here is pretty smooth|
|The chili here is so-so. Its a bit wetter version|