Hong Mao Mian Jia aka AngMoh Noodle House is located in Joo Chiat, one of my favourite places in Singapore because it has really good food and also because I grew up in that area. This noodle house, as the name implies specializes in Wanton Noodles and has a very rich cultural heritage which dates back to the 60s.
Hong Mao and AngMoh are terms for Caucasians in Mandarin and Mian Jia means noodle house. One would automatically think that this was opened by a Caucasian or perhaps it serves some kind of western noodles like pasta or such. But this noodle store was actually founded by a Chinese named 'Ao Yang' and his customers started calling this place AngMoh noodles because Mr Ao Yang had golden/blonde hair which resembles a Caucasian.
Recently, the founders of this noodle house has decided to retire and management has changed, however, the standard and goodness of these noodles still remain because the people of the new management are actually big fans of the Wanton Mee from Ang Noodle House since young!
The noodle house is unassuming and frills free, however, nostalgia flooded me while having my meal here, it reminds me so much of my school days. You can still see old school street vendors selling food on the streets too!
Besides the normal soft drinks, AngMoh Noodle house also serves nourishing drinks like Luo Han Guo and Chrysanthemum. Not being a fan of soft drinks and drinks which have too much sweeteners and artificial flavourings, these drinks came in timely for me when I was actually having a slight sore throat at the time of visit.
A set of condiments was placed on every table. Chili, fried pork lard and spring onions. It is not often that you find fried pork lard in your noodles these days and they absolutely boost the flavour in many dishes.
The first dish to arrive was Dumpling Noodles ($4) served with 4 dumplings generously stuffed with fillings and vegetables on a bed of tangy, springy noodles cooked till al dente.
As mentioned above, the dumplings are generously filled with solid fresh prawns, minced meat, black fungus and they certainly do not taste like the normal typical dumplings you usually find at coffee shops.
Signature Wonton Noodles ($3.50). Noodles were as springy as the dumpling noodles and I added even more chili and some pork lard to it. Chili was piquant, spicy but not overwhelming. Accompanied by slices of char siew. This is old school style wanton mee, I like :)
The dried wanton mee came with a bowl of wanton soup. Soup was light and wantons were pretty well cooked. Filled with lots of meat and skin was really silky soft.
Fried Wanton ($3.50). Fillings were seasoned well and they tasted even better when dipped into mayonnaise that came with it.
Chicken Feet ($4). I wasn't a big fan of chicken feet till recently and I was urged to try this. Chicken feet is rich in collagen and has some health benefits due to its gelatinous property and this was cooked in absolutely flavourful gravy. Mushrooms were bursting with intense flavours and chicken feet was tender enough for my liking. It actually tastes very similar to one of the dishes my Grandma used to cook at home. I think this is a traditional Chinese dish and it feels so much like home when having this. 2 thumbs up!!!
Besides the usual wanton and dumpling dishes, AngMoh Noodle House also serves other kinds of dishes like beef brisket, pig shank, curry chicken noodle and Tom Yam Wanton Noodle which I would very much like to try next time :)
Hong Mao Mian Jia
Ang Moh Noodle House
182 Joo Chiat Road
Tel: 6348 8182
Tue – Sun, 7 am – 8 pm