STAY HOME & EAT – DIY Wanton Noodles

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Bee Kee Wanton Noodles created in my kitchen from their DIY kit!

This week, let’s bring on the best of both worlds and combine cooking at home with hawker quality wanton mee, all in a DIY kit delivered straight to your doorstep. You may already know Bee Kee Wanton Noodle in Lorong Lew Lian for their truffle & traditional wanton mee and now you can reproduce the latter in the comfort of your own kitchen!

Here’s what you get in the kit: 40 wantons, 10 bundles of noodles, 3 jars of sauces (crispy lard chunks sold separately).

I filled up a quick online order form for the Bee Kee wanton noodle kit, consisting of 10 bundles of their fresh thin egg noodles, 40 freshly wrapped pork wantons and 3 jars of sauce – homemade chilli, fragrant oil & signature soy sauce. Delivery was prompt and I received a text message with cooking instructions that were easy to follow and foolproof. I managed to turn out delicious wanton noodles of my own in less than 5 minutes!

Popping the fresh egg noodles into boiling water.

First of all, I have to say the mee was really excellent, really fresh and delicate, with a springy texture, especially if you follow the instructions for al dente noodles – they were ready in less than 30 seconds.

After a 10 second dunk, remove from the boiling water.
The noodles get a brief rinse in cold water to remove excess starch, then are popped back in the boiling water for another 10 seconds for perfectly a al dente texture!

As for the wantons, they were small in size, but big on flavour, with well-seasoned, tender minced pork wrapped in a thin, satiny skin. A quick dunk in boiling water, they were ready in less than 2 minutes.

The wantons get a swim in boiling water until they float (1 – 2 minutes). Easy!

I imagine these would also taste amazing deep fried and crunchy, but again following the instructions, I tossed the boiled noodles and wantons in the carefully proportioned sauces, sprinkled crispy lard and tah dah – a quick delicious meal was ready!

Small in size, big on flavour!

The fragrant oil lived up to its name – I think it might have been a mixture of lard and shallot oil and it gave the dish an aromatic silkiness that blended perfectly with the rich umami flavour of their signature soy sauce and the homemade chilli – which I reckon was a spicy mix of tomato, fresh and dried chilli – brought a little sweet, a lot of heat and a pleasant tang.

Mixing the sauces – I went with a ratio of 1:1:1 and it was the right balance for me. Note: the fragrant oil looks solid here because I stored it in the fridge – but it will melt down to a lovely aromatic golden liquid.

Time to mix the freshly cooked noodles in the sauces!

Tah-dah! Noodles and wantons well-slicked with sauces, sprinkled with the crispy lard for extra crunch and sliced spring onion I had lying around in my fridge.
A very tempting spoonful of everything!
Bee Kee wanton – thin, satiny skin wrapped around tender, juicy minced pork that’s very well-seasoned.

The great thing about this DIY kit is it can be kept in your fridge/ freezer till you want to eat (just remember to defrost before cooking – don’t worry, everything you need to know is sent to you via WhatsApp). You’re also free to tweak the seasoning according to your taste and add in extra ingredients from your fridge, like meat & veggies. However, you can also order ala carte extras from Bee Kee like shrimp dumplings, char siew, more noodles & hand-cooked crispy lard chunks just like they serve at their stall.

Ok, this was extra and at $5, a bit pricey. But still, very crispy and flavourful – irresistible!

Free delivery available island wide with a min order of $30. And the DIY wanton noodle kit went for a reasonable $45 (I ordered a portion of crispy lard chunks for $5), substantial enough to feed 5-10 people. It fed my family of 4 over two days across 3 meals. If it sounds like a lot, it makes sense to split the cost & share the kit with a neighbour! So for a convenient, home cooked meal that shines with hawker quality, try ordering Bee Kee’s DIY wanton mee kit. They’ve done all the hard work for you and their delivery service was great. For more details and the online order form, click here.

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Bee Kee Wanton Noodle
Add: Block 2 Lorong Lew Lian, S(048940)
WhatsApp: +65 9877 3310
Open Daily: 7am – 8pm

Wanton Mee – Wan of Singapore’s Most Wanted!

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Hello Foodies! We see the return of last week’s Makan Kaki, Head Chef of Burnt Ends, Jake Kellie, who’s off to Western Australia this weekend to headline the Feast in the Forest at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. We caught him just before his departure to recommend more makan and he offered up his favourite Wanton Mee stall at Hong Lim Food Centre, which sees relentlessly long lines at lunchtime. Of course, Singaporeans know that a long queue means good things at the end of the wait and Chef Jake is no exception – he’s willing to wait in line because their noodles are just that good! A typical visit to Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist sees Chef Jake start off with some crispy, tasty, deep-fried Wantons that are packed full of minced pork and shrimp.

To follow-up, he gets a bowl of dry Wanton Mee with Char Siew. He loves the fat, juicy parcels of boiled dumplings floating in soup, which he scoops into his noodles and mixes in with the sauce. This way, the soft, pillowy, boiled Wantons take on lots of flavour from the sauce mixture.

Continue reading “Wanton Mee – Wan of Singapore’s Most Wanted!”

Wonderful Wanton Noodles

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Today, our intrepid Makan Kaki Chef Shen Tan wants to take us for a delicious Wanton Mee lunch at Tekka Market. This food centre is famous for lots of delicious dishes, but it’s puzzling to Chef Shen why not many people know just how good this particular stall’s Wanton Noodles are! This couple there have been serving up Singapore-style Wanton Mee for about 20 years now, and it was Chef Shen’s mother who first brought her there to enjoy Chin Seng Cooked Food’s signature noodle dish. Continue reading “Wonderful Wanton Noodles”

Best of Boon Lay!

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This week, co-author of local food guide Eat. Muse. Love. Toh Mu Qin wants us to check out the many delicious things on offer at Boon Lay Food Village. There, you get all-day dining at its very best. You’ll be spoilt for choice from breakfast, to lunch, to dinner, to every other meal in between! Here are a few highlights of Mu Qin’s favourite things to eat there:

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First of all, no Westie worth their salt wouldn’t be aware of Power Nasi Lemak (some say the best in all of Singapore), so let’s start here. This is one stall that takes pride in the quality of their food – freshly prepared ingredients, yummy flavours and everything kept piping hot. The deep-fried chicken is particularly good here – well-marinated, juicy and tender on the inside, shatteringly crisp and golden on the outside. The otak-otak (fish paste) is also a must-try, since it comes with a separate coconut milk sauce to drizzle over, cutting through the spice & adding to the creamy richness of the fish. The fried ikan billis & roasted peanuts are also worth mentioning, as is the sensational sambal chilli, which balances a mild sweetness with the heat of the chilli. Power Nasi Lemak is open till late, making it a perfect stop for dinner/ supper. In fact it’s usually open from 6.30am – 3.30am!!! Find it at #01-106.

And if you’re looking for something else to satisfy those dinner cravings, you might also want to try the stall serving up sizzling seafood on hotplates! Be warned – spicy to the max, but oh-so-good! Try the BBQ sting ray, sotong, lala and chilli kang kong at Sin Chew Huat Mei Xiang Hotplate Stingray #01-117.

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If you happen to be at Boon Lay Food Village earlier in the day, Mu Qin also recommends the carrot cake or Wanton Mee for breakfast. The latter also comes with the option of stewed chicken feet and shitake mushrooms – yum! Check out Lian Yi Wanton Noodle at #01-161.

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Final recommendation: Bak Kut Teh Bee Hoon in a claypot – simple, flavourful and comforting! Kam Hiang Food Stall is at #01-118.
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BOON LAY PLACE FOOD VILLAGE
221A/B Boon Lay Place
S641221

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