Nam Seng Wanton Noodle shouldn’t be any unfamiliar name to most for those who actively seek out places to eat at — having started since 1958, the wanton mee establishment had moved from its former locations at the old National Library to its more recent space at China Street; they have moved out from the former space due to “tenancy issues”. They have since found a new space within Cafe New Asia by Che Kitchen 车老板 at Blk 1008A Toa Payoh North — a short walk from Braddell MRT Station. While the face of the stall is the iconic 92 year old lady that has made quite a few appearances on photos and social media, it is said that she would only be in during the morning; also of particular note is that this stall is a franchise of the original as well.

Can’t really speak of how different the Wanton Noodle (Dry) is currently from how it used to be when they were at China Street since I hadn’t managed to head down there before their closure — that being said, there are several differences that are especially noticeable such as the Char Siew and the vegetables included; also of particular note is how the wantons are served out of the soup rather than in the soup as it was in the past based on previous photos. The Wanton Noodles (Dry) here shines where the sauce is concerned; it bears a striking resemblance to that of Thai-style wanton noodles — a lightly savoury sauce that isn’t as heavy as the Malaysian-style or local-style wanton noodles that really goes together with the springy noodles that comes with a good bite. The wantons are actually pretty well packed with meat, though the change of the type of Char Siew would be the main catch — gone were the days of the generic, lean and somewhat dyed Char Siew that they seemed to have use previously. Instead, the Char Siew that accompanies the Wanton Noodles (Dry) now are more fatty and chunky; definitely nothing close to those of Malaysian-style Char Siew with a glistening glaze and absolutely gelatinous meat, but one which we found to be a more thoughtful touch overall. The choice of Nai Bai to be served with their wanton noodles may seem a little strange since it isn’t something one would expect to accompany a dish like that, but it delivers by providing a refreshing crunch amidst the other items going on in the plate. The soup is actually pretty flavourful, yet rather clean tasting.

Given how Nam Seng is currently situated within the premises of another operator that primarily serves tzechar, service can get a little confusing here — patrons are supposed to grab a seat first and then queue at the counter to make their order whilst mentioning the table number that they are seated at; the staff will then bring the item to the table once it has been prepared. As they are still pretty new in it’s operations (they had only started on 1 April 2022), they are also currently only serving Wanton Noodles (Dry) and Wanton Noodles (Soup) — just something to note for those who intends to make their visit. While I can’t vouch for how their food now compares to the time when they were at China Street, I would say the current rendition of Nam Seng’s Wanton Mee (Dry) is pretty much my jam — this is considering how I am quite a fan of Thai-style wanton noodles — something which I might make a visit again. Do also note that while they are listed to open from 8am to 6pm, they are open till sold out; they were out of noodles at 11:30am during the weekday which we made our visit.