Monday, 30 April 2018

Tried & Tasted. Best Johor Wanton Mee worth the Causeway Jam



You know, in the old days, every wanton mee hawker made their own egg noodles. When I was a child, my next door neighbour in a rental studio flat in Toa Payoh Singapore was a wanton mee hawker. He made his egg noodles at home. Every night, we would happily take turns to ride and bounce on the fat bamboo pole he used to knead the dough. Today, I know of no hawker in Singapore or Malaysia who still makes their own egg noodles with a bamboo pole.

But, in Johor some hawkers still make their own egg noodles, albeit with the help of machines. If you like to try some house made wanton noodles, you can still get it in Johor, though here too the numbers are dwindling. Furthermore, most use chicken eggs nowadays instead of the traditional duck eggs.



House made wanton mee often have firmer body, a more springy bite, and eggy flavour compared to generic factory mass produced noodles. Every house made egg noodle has its own signature taste and feel while generic noodles are uniform. 

Here are house made wanton mee you can try in Johor ➤

Note: This is a tried and tasted list. I personally visited all these stalls several times each to taste the noodles. I did not copy and paste from other websites.



Tien Tien Lai Kopitiam 桃园面家

The only flying noodles in JB now but I am here for the egg noodles and spicy sauce. The tight bodied slender noodles felt tender yet springy to the bite. Customers have a choice of white (traditional), black (dark soy sauce) or chilli sauce. I like white as I can taste the egg noodles (with just aromatic oil), and also the chilli version for its spicy aftertaste.

Address: 59, Jalan Bakawali 50, Taman Johor Jaya, Johor Bahru (beside Sports TOTO outlet) 
GPS: 1°32'27.4"N 103°47'42.4"E | 1.540938, 103.795104 
Tel: +6012 289 2035 
Hours: 7:30am - 3:00pm (Thurs off)



Kedai Makanan Wantan Mee Jin Shan Lou 金山楼云吞面

One thing about Johor wanton mee is their lean pork char siew in thin slices which is dry even though the flavour is likeable. However, at Jin Shan Lou they serve fatty char siew like in Kuala Lumpur. Jin Shan Lou also make their own egg noodles daily, which are fresh, springy and tasty.

Address: Jalan Seri Impian 1, Taman Impian Emas, Skudai, Johor Bahru 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/LxAlk  
GPS: 1.542904,103.681824  
Tel: 016-660 5498 
Hours: 8:00am to 2:00pm (closed on Thursday)



Ho Seng Kee 何成記 云吞面世家  

Ho Seng Kee is in the third generation now. Began as a coffee shop stall in the 1930s, today it is a good size shop in a modern shopping mall. Ho Seng Kee's house made noodles are relatively thick and wide, with a springy feel to the bite. HSK's noodles are made with a blend of chicken and duck eggs. Their spicy chilli sauce has a pleasant zing and fruity flavour.

Address: Level 6, Johor Bahru City Square Mall, Jalan Wong Ah Fook  
GPS: 1°27'43.2"N 103°45'51.9"E | 1.462015, 103.764422 
Tel: 012 710 7140  
Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm



許记云吞面 stall in Koon Chong kopitiam 

Humble unassuming little mom and pop coffee shop stall serves one of the springiest egg noodles in Johor. Unfanciful, unfancied but top of my mind for wanton mee brekky in JB town area.

Address: Jalan Kelewang in Taman Sri Tebrau (opposite Wisma Tionghua) 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/ylvMM 
GPS: 1.487101,103.769235 
Hours: 7:00am to 2:00pm (closed on Weds)



Yap Kee 葉记云吞面

Yap Kee is a long time local favourite now in the second generation. Famous for their slender lively eggy noodles which I enjoy with their white sauce. Their braised chicken feet sells out quickly every evening. Located in the dingy old Sri Tebrau market and opens only at night.

Address: Stall 65, Taman Sri Tebrau Hawker Centre, Jalan Keris, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/E0X3Q 
GPS: 1.487056,103.768063 
Hours: 4:30pm to 10:00pm (Thursdays off)



锦旺雲吞面 wanton mee stall 

Ok... This stall doesn't make their own noodles but they have a different take on the sauce and char siew. Daringly different from Johor, KL or anywhere else and still have a big fan base. The char siew is stewed in a savoury dark sauce which is also slathered onto the noodles. Well loved by locals.

Address: Stall in 新天满 Xin Thianman kopitiam, Jalan Permas 4/4, Taman Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru, Malaysia 
GPS: 1.505801, 103.823028 / 1°30'20.9"N 103°49'22.9"E 
Hours: 6:30 am to 1:30 pm (closed on alternate Thurs)



Restoran Chin Chin 晶晶云吞面 

House made duck egg noodles which are slender and springy. Rustic corner shop in Skudai. Second generation owner has over 30 year's experience at the shop. My village barber's recommendation from years ago 😁 Still one of my favourites.

Address: Intersection of Jalan Lawang and Jalan Kaloi, Skudai (next to MPJBT building) 
Map: http://g.co/maps/p7wmw  
GPS: 1.538014,103.660721 / 1°32'16.9"N 103°39'38.6"E 
Hours: 7:30am to 4:00pm. Closed on Thursdays.



Sin Kee @ Pontian 新记云吞面 

Among the wanton mee in Pontian, Sin Kee's egg noodles are relatively heavy and thick. Love the tenderly firm springy feel to the bite. Sin Kee serves the excellent noodles with various sauces including the Pontian style with ketchup. Do not leave Pontian without trying at least one wanton mee with ketchup here.

Address: Jalan Bakek Jaya Utama, Pontian, Johor 
GPS: 1.482607, 103.392368 / 1°28'57.4"N 103°23'32.5"E 
Hours: 10:00am to 5:45pm (Closed on Thurs) 



Chop See Kee (every one here calls it Ah See wanton mee) @ Batu Pahat 亞泗雲吞面 

Love it or loathe it, Ah See has the most famous wanton mee in Batu Pahat. Gorgeous bouncy egg noodles in a unique savoury spicy gooey lardy sauce. The char siew is pink colour like a lady's lip stick. Try it at least once. Some people get hooked.

Address: 2, Jalan Jenang, Batu Pahat, Johor (at the same row of shops as OCBC bank branch) 
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/o4T2d  
GPS: 1°51'01.5"N 102°55'38.3"E | 1.850412, 102.927302 
Tel: 07 438 8516 
Hours: 8:30am to 9:30pm

The following are the links to details on wanton mee above ➤

Tien Tien Lai Kopitiam 桃园面家 👈 click
Jin Shan Lou 金山楼云吞面 👈 click
Ho Seng Kee 何成記 👈 click
許记云吞面 👈 click
锦旺雲吞面 👈 click
Yap Kee 葉记云吞面 👈 click
Chin Chin 晶晶云吞面 👈 click
Sin Kee @ Pontian 新记云吞面 👈 click
Ah See @ Batu Pahat 亞泗雲吞面 👈 click



After eating wanton mee all over Johor many hundreds of times, here's Johor Kaki's full list of all 53 blog posts on best Johor wanton mee 👈 click 

I am still adding to this growing list as I try and taste more wanton mee in Johor. Do you have any recommendations for me? Thank you.

Date: 30 Apr 2018



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6 comments:

  1. Ong Kok Heng said on Johor Kaki FB: "One more Tony..... Restoran 63 Bukit Indah selling after 6pm... closed on Monday. Brother to Ah Bee Tampoi Wanton Mee"

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  2. Jasmine Ng said on Johor Kaki FB: "[Restoran HW] This is also v popular among the locals, near bangkok spa n the popular lok lok (so far thats the best lok lok i tried). Only open after 9pm"

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  3. Realised you didn't include Yit Foh (益和) this time .

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  4. That corner house in Taman/Kampung Ungku Mohsin

    -bulat187-

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