Timbre Plus (or Timbre+) Gastropark is a smart food centre concept in One-North Ayer Rajah. It has a wide range of food options including some of the best noodles in Singapore by Fishball Story and Wong Kee Wanton Noodles. We just learned this morning that Fishball Story has earned a Bib Gourmand award in the inaugural Singapore Michelin Guide. We will tell you more about Timbre+ food park and show you more pictures in our next post.
It was hard deciding on what to eat at the Gastropark. There were too many choices. Local hawker food options competing with restaurants offering Spanish, French, Indian and other cuisines. In the end we just decided to follow the crowd. They should know what they were doing. Based on our quick observation of the plates on the tables and the length of queues, the two most popular stalls were Wong Kee Wanton Noodles and Fishball Story. That was how we ended up with a bowl of noodles from each of these noodle stalls.
This is the Fishball Story stall. Very plain, no different from many hawker stalls selling noodles. The big poster menu made it clear that they only sell one main item – handmade fishball noodles. The different variations only provide different trimmings – drinks, extra toppings etc. We decided on the basic item of Original handmade fishball noodles ($4.50). The only options available to us was whether we wanted chilli and whether to have the mee pok or mee kia noodles. We selected the mee pok.
Here is the original fishball mee pok dish. It was quite a large bowl of noodles, but what immediately impressed us was the abundance of fishballs and slices of fish cakes. The mee pok had a nice bouncy texture. The toppings – fishballs and cakes were the highlight. They are said to be hand made with 100% fish which explains their very good taste and textures. This was a very good bowl of mee pok tah in Singapore. The Michelin guide lists Fishball Story with a Golden Mile location. That is an old location, they are no longer there. Their other location is in NUS.
The Wong Kee Wanton Noodles stall was a more different type of noodle stall. Manned by a team of young people, the atmosphere was different. They were chatty and interactive. There were more choices in the menu. We saw the person in front of us getting some noodles that came with big fat dumplings. We wanted one of that.
That dish is listed as number 10 in the menu board – char siew dumpling tomato noodles ($4.50). We would not have ordered it if we had not seen the thing in real life as the fat dumplings were not shown in the menu.
The noodles had a beautiful orangey colour from the tomatoes. The colour was not only for show. We can actually taste the sweet-sour taste of tomatoes in the noodles. The dumplings were huge and the contents inside were full of flavours. The char siew was good, but not much different from those in good char siew noodle places. We think that these are among the best noodles in Singapore – the dumplings and the noodles are top-notch. A special chilli sauce with a dash of citrusy flavour (orange zest?) completes this unique noodle experience. At $4.5 for this lot, it is also the best value for money wanton noodles in Singapore.
More information on the two noodle stalls featured here can be found on the timbre+ website (link below).
Here are the two bowls of noodles on the distinctive red trays used at Timbre+. They may have created the best tray return system in Singapore. Read about it in our next post on Timbre+ Gastropark.
Wong Kee Wanton Noodles
Mon – Fri: 8 am to 7.30 pm
Sat: 8.30 am to 2,30 pm
Closed on Sunday
Fishball Story (Outlet Closed) – See Fishball Story Bugis
73A Ayer Rajah Crescent
JTC LaunchPad @ one-north
Nearby MRT Station : One North