The only reason I had lunch here today was because Noodle Place has a new head consultant, Chef Chui, who was formerly Executive Chef of the renowned Mak’s Noodles in Hong Kong.
Now, I’ve not tried Mak’s Noodles’s famous shrimp wanton noodle before. But having been to Hong Kong a couple of times before, I find that Noodle Place’s version isn’t even as good as those from any random noodle shop in Hong Kong.
Ok, perhaps I’m a bit harsh. Or maybe my expectations were raised too high.
Wiry thin, springy, and eggy, the noodles were very similar in taste to what I had in Hong Kong. The soup, while a little oily, was pretty decent.
But the wantons and dumplings were diminished shadows of the fat, luscious ones in my memory. They also skimped on the yellow chives.
And its tiny portion meant I was hungry again in less than three hours!
Next time, I think I’ll stick to their house special congee, which is what I usually order here. The earthen pot dishes are also pretty good.
Total bill including charges for Chinese tea, 10% service charge, and 7% GST was S$11.89.
Noodle Place Restaurant
176 Orchard Road
Tel: (65) 6733 3171