If there is a “soup opera” about wanton noodle sellers in Joo Chiat, Ang Moh Noodle House 红毛面家 will be one of the intriguing characters in the story. Ang Moh started selling wanton noodles in Joo Chiat back in 1960s. Hong Mao Mian Jia 红毛面家 or Ang Moh Noodle House operated from different locations and sometime in 2013 the business was sold to a loyal fan of the stall. After the sale there were more twists and turns.
Hong Mao Mian Jia 红毛面家
Ang Moh Wanton Mee store was operating out of a shophouse in Joo Chiat in early 2010s. It was run by a women and assisted by a man known as Ah Huat. The owners apparently decided to retire and sold the wanton mee business with the Ang Moh brand together with the shophouse to one the regular patrons of the stall. However, sometime later a new Joo Chiat Ah Huat Wanton Mee popped up in Dunman Food Centre. Long time patrons of the original Ang Moh stall swore that the wanton mee at the Dunman Food Centre basement was the real deal. In the meantime, the business in Joo Chiat continues under the new owners.
Ang Moh Noodle House in Joo Chiat
Ang Moh Wanton Mee in Joo Chiat takes pain to trace its heritage back to the Ang Moh who sold wanton mee from a pushcart in the 60s. The business, however, has been modernised.
The premises still look like an old school coffeeshop but are neat and tidy. There are posters and digital signboards telling the stories of the shop and hawking its food.
Ang Moh Noodle House Menu
The menu of Ang Moh Noodle House has been expanded. The signature wantan noodle is of course on the menu. New items like chicken cutlet noodle and curry chicken noodle have been added. Sides dishes like ngoh hiang and fish cakes are also available.
Good value breakfast set and lunch/dinner set have been introduced.
Ang Moh Wanton Mee
We visited the Joo Chiat shop recently and ordered the Signature Wantan Noodle Dry ($4). We also had Fried Carrot Cake ($1.50) and Coffee.
The wantans came in a separate soup bowl. The small wantans had smooth slippery skins and were quite nice. The soup was fairly average.
The texture and flavour of the noodles were good. The char siew was standard stuff. The chilli was nice, slightly savoury and not fiery spicy. It added flavour to the dish without overpowering everything else.
The simple fried carrot cake was surprisingly good. It was served piping hot. Nothing fancy – just plain radish cake deep fried to golden brown. The thin outer layer was crisp and the inside was smooth and soft. The small cube of carrot cake was nice on its own. With a touch of chilli added, it was very palatable.
There are so many wanton noodle stalls in Katong and Joo Chiat. A book can probably be written about the numerous stories of these stalls, their food and their owners – the history of their struggles and success and family feuds and court cases.
Ang Moh Noodle House 红毛面家 will have a chapter in the book. However, it does not really stand out from the crowd. Nevertheless, we will be happy to eat there again. The place is unpretentious but pleasant and comfortable. There is a big public car park across the road. Their prices are very reasonable. There is variety on the menu and the signature wantan noodle is not bad at all.
Ang Moh Noodle House 红毛面家
182 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427453
Tel: +65 6348 8182
7.30 am to 9.30 pm
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