Wen Kang Ji in Golden Mile Food Centre
Golden Mile Food Centre is a treasure trove of legendary food stalls, with eateries such as 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup and Youfu Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee under its name. This hawker centre has recently reopened after a three-month long-renovation, and with it arrived a new wonton mee stall—Wen Kang Ji.
A few weeks ago, I had come down to the food centre on a separate occasion and was surprised by the snaking queue outside this stall. It was imperative that I headed down again to try their offerings, this time with a colleague.
Food at Wen Kang Ji
We started our meal with the Jumbo Wanton Mee ($7), a seriously large plate of noodles topped with veggies, wontons, char siew, and a heap of lard. There’s also a smaller-sized option priced at $5, for those who aren’t big eaters.
While I’ve always thought of wonton mee as a bland dish, the sauce here was rather flavourful, savoury with notes of soya sauce, and lard. There’s also a light sweet-sourness from the green chillis on the side, which infused into the sauce over the course of our meal.
The noodles used at Wen Kang Ji are a hybrid between thin crystal noodles and slightly thicker ramen noodles—they felt more substantial, yet were just as delightfully QQ as the former. These kept a firm bite even after we had spent some time photographing the food, and held up well against the sauce.
This plate of noodles also comes with a generous serving of deep-fried lard, and if that’s not enough, you can always ask for more. These nuggets of lard were crisp