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Hello Makan Kakis! If you love Wantan Noodles as much as our Foodie Friend Xin Hui Helder-Eng, then you might already be familiar with Eng’s Noodles House, of amazing springy noodles, crispy lard & fiery chilli fame. In particular, everybody talks about the extra-spicy chilli sauce that can make you cry and bring you to your knees! Of late though, there’s been some debate over the appearance of TWO Eng’s wantan mee restaurants along the same stretch of Tanjong Katong Road. Are they the same as the original noodles the late chef-owner Mr Ng Ba Eng gave us? Why are there two shops with almost the same name opposite each other? And which one is better? Xin Hui did a little digging to find out…
In a nutshell, the original stall at number 287 started by the late Mr Ng was handed down to his children to continue the family’s culinary legacy, but there was also an investment with a larger commercial food company. The partnership didn’t work out and the food company retained the original chef and many of the staff, whilst the children left to start their own shop just across the road, using their father’s recipe.
And as foodies, it’s our job to keep up a lively discussion – which one do you support? The bloodline or the original chef? Which one do we prefer? Obviously, opinions are pretty much divided as to which version of Eng’s wantan mee is better, because our taste is so subjective.
Xin Hui knows which she prefers but very diplomatically says that while she orders more from the original at number 287 (now renamed Eng’s Wantan Noodle), she does think they’ve nailed it with the noodles across the road (named ENG’S Char Siew Wantan Mee). They’ve also their menu to included many other dishes and the space is air-conditioned, with nicer tables and chairs, all of which do play a part in your decision. However, both shops serve up the signature chilli sauce that remains as tongue-searingly spectacular as ever.
People also now identify the restaurants by the colour of their plates – Green for the original and white for the new. So which to choose? Green or white? Weighing the pros and cons, there’s really only one answer – TRY BOTH! After all, they’re both so closely located. Taste both and let us know what you think!
ENG’s Wantan Noodle (original location/ Green plates)
287 Tanjong Katong Road, S(437036 )
Open Daily: 11 am – 9 pm
Tel: +65 86882727
ENG’s Char Siew Wantan Mee (new, operated by next gen/ White plates)
248 Tanjong Katong Road, S(437036 )
Open Daily: 10.30 am – 8.45 pm
Tel: +65 87986088