Hawker Noodles

Hawker Noodles

wanton mee, ban mian, mee hoon kueh, bcm, dumpling noodles etc
aggs & xi :D
aggs & xi :D

Had this at their new Koufu HQ outlet at woodlands! Thought this was a pretty decent bowl of noodles, I particularly liked the fragrant shallot oil the noodles were tossed in, tho it got a bit too oily at the end. Minced meat was tasty but not the most tender, while charsiew was shockingly red (I don’t rly like such red charsiew bc they tend to be v dry) but tasted alright - not dry but rather lean and not very juicy. The Kampua noodles were not as springy as I would have liked, but it was not overcooked and had a bite to it. I still prefer the Kampua noodles from Swan City @ Amoy hawker but this is an okay rendition! Maybe some veg would be great.

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What a SATISFYING lunch!! Maybe I was rly cold and hungry after a draining work day but this bowl of hot noodles rly just warmed up my core and I rly enjoyed it. Look at how THICC the noodles are!! So chewy and qq without feeling too doughy. Highly rec to eat in-store tho, I’ve had this dapao-ed and it does get a bit doughy. Tbh nam kee’s banmian is q similar also, the thicker (not as flat) type of noodles.

Ingredients were yummy too. Ikan bilis was crunchy, minced meat was flavourful. Sauce was good! It looks like it’s just dark sauce but it’s not as flat as some others I’ve tried; it’s v tasty esp w the added richness from the yolk of the onsen egg mixed into the sauce.
Braised mushrooms are fragrant and juicy and v tasty. They give a decent amount of spinach for some greens.
Soup was alright, not salty and had a mild anchovy taste.

So yummy! I loved it.

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I loooove ah yi! I usually get their meehoonkueh but I wanted to try their other menu options. The youmian is slurpy and has a bite to it, tossed in a black sauce. It’s quite similar to prince noodles, except that the sauce ends up a wee bit starchier when mixed with the noodles - prince’s sauce is more thin. Comes with minced meat and spinach, plus crunchy fragrant shallots and ikan bilis. Very satisfied! I also like that it’s filling but doesn’t make me SUPER full compared to when eating the mhk.

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Prices have gone up slightly but it’s still very cheap! I’ve reviewed this before - it’s not say *super* good but it’s something we keep going back to, it’s good enough. I prefer the black sauce one (this is the white one), bc the noodles are a bit alkaliny and the black sauce masks that. We opt for no charsiew bc it’s quite dry. Fried wantons are crispy and boiled wantons are slippery smooth, not very alkaliny. Noodles are springy and very nice when piping hot! Green chilli is a must.

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Liked the noodles, which were springy (tho it could be slightly more al dente) and coated in a savoury-sweet lardy sauce that was v flavourful. The charsiew was unfortunately the red colouring type which I don’t like, but this was thankfully not dry and thin - was actually reasonably tender, and the sauce helped to moisten it. Came with a crunchy fried wanton, and 2 soup wantons. Wanton skins were slightly alkaliny, not my fav, but slippery smooth; the meat filling was seasoned properly, except they used pepper which I don’t prefer. But still rather decent wantons. Veg was p standard. Overall, thought this was pretty decent, will probably try the dumpling noodles next time.

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Best herkiao I’ve had, hands down!! The fish paste skin is hand-rolled, and is made up of fish meat and tapioca flour. It’s then filled with a well-seasoned meat filling, which was fragrant and not too salty. The skin has a nice bite to it, it’s thin but somehow bouncy. The herkiao was very tasty - the insides have slippery, kinda goopy part, which was such a textural delight. So good in terms of both texture and flavour.

The handmade fishballs, taupok, and fish roll were pretty decent, not the nicest I’ve had (shoutout to hup kee’s fishballs and taupok which r the best) but still better than average; handmade definitely trumps factory made ones.

The noodles were reasonably nice too - springy, not too hard, no alkaline taste. The sauce was alright, I asked for no chilli so they used tomato sauce. I added more vinegar after, as I prefer a punchier bowl of noodles.

Definitely will return!

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Meepok was mixed well, not clumpy at all! I asked for vinegar, no chilli / tomato sauce. Although I’ve had noodles which were more qq, this was still p satisfying and had a good bite. The sauce was yummy too! Also they are very generous with the ingredients. Fishballs (which were larger than average) are probably factory made but they got a good supplier - this was bouncy and quite tasty. Mushrooms were decent, not as “braised” & flavourful as I expected, but still fine as it wasn’t salty. Fishcakes were p standard, minced meat was alright too. Herkiao is probably frozen and not the best, but nice of them to include it. Overall a rather satisfying bowl of noodles - ingredients are not fantastic but each component comes together nicely, I would come back again! The auntie is friendly too :)

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A decent lunch option! Banmian itself ain’t the best, could be more springy but the sauce and minced meat here is loaded with teepo (sole fish) which gives so so much flavour. Sauce is lightly spicy and very savoury, gives a heat without coming off too strong. There's no non-spicy version so the auntie will either advise you to go for ban mian soup or 微辣. There's sooo much minced meat! They give a couple of stewed mushrooms and some lettuce, and an egg - these toppings were p standard, nothing to nitpick about other than the egg was not runny. Soup is quite flavourful! Overall a satisfying bowl, if their ban mian had better texture it'll be p bomb.

This was decent, has some wokhei flavour (comes from the egg that they fry before drenching it in the broth). It’s surprisingly quite clean tasting and not oily. Prawns and clam were q fresh! The beehoon is very thin tho, there’s barely a bite to it. Not v outstanding but idm eating this again. Still prefer white restaurant’s baimifen. And the san lou bee Hoon from sembawang claypot rice :)

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Was a satisfying (!!!) meal at beauty world!! Back for Top 1 handmade noodles & (after a 30 mins wait on a Sat 1pm), we got our meal!! I got the tomyam cintan noodles - the soup was REALLY thick and it tasted slightly tomato-ish tangy, different from the typical tomyam, was slightly spicy too. I tried their signature dry youmian the previous round (which I think will be my go-to) but their chilli was really a killer (so save yourself to ask for less spicy!!) also they only accept cash.... so prepare ur physical wallets!!!

Also featuring the dumplings from the famous XLB stall (dumplings - 12 for $7) were ok but I prefer the XLBs that I tried the last time round - I remember that the soup bursted in our mouths but the skin was slightly thick. Lastly, here’s some kopi teh and milo bing from kopifellas :-

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Finally back at top 1 after... 4 years?? It is still pretty good, with al dente noodles tossed in a sweet dark sauce, topped with minced meat clumps (was decent but I’m not a big fan), meatballs (did not like this, i think it’s just frozen meatballs), a mix of 大白菜 & chye sin / xiaobaicai, braised mushrooms, and crisp ikan bilis. I felt that the noodles tasted more qq and shiok 4 years back. But it was still a satisfying lunch :) Special mention to the soup, which was very flavourful! There’s a subtle sweetness, perhaps from the 大白菜.

Got our food about 45 mins after joining the queue at 11.45am on Saturday. Mhk was sold out already so I gotta come earlier next time!

Used to eat this almost every week in sec sch! Before I became someone who wanted to explore new options for each meal :p The noodles are the authentic phad thai noodles, slightly thinner in width than guotiao / pho. It’s nicely fried together with some prawns, eggs, beansprouts and shrimp. The sauce is flavourful, my bf remarked that it’s on the sweeter side. So that’s probably why I like it. I had some super nice egg bits with wokhei! The portion of eggs / prawns has gone down quite a bit compared to a few years ago, so it’s not as nice as before :/ But I’ll still continue to patronise the stall bc it’s still pretty satisfying to me, plus the nostalgia :’)

started off from eating school caifan together in 2014 Instagram: @coldbutter.sg

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