Soi 19 Wanton Mee & Shanghai Ren Jia – Will only return to the latter

1Soi 19 Wanton Mee & Shanghai Ren Jia

These two popular eateries are located almost side by side at block 151 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5.

P1050556The $5 wanton mee at Soi 19 Wanton Mee

I think everyone is familiar with this Thai wanton mee that is making headlines. The stall front shows the many accolades and reviews. It is well-known for their long queues and erratic opening hours. I picked an off peak weekday (Thursday, 2.30pm) to visit the stall and was awarded with a short 10 minutes wait.

I went straight for the $5 dollars wanton mee (Large) and “thai-ed” it up with chili flakes, pork lard and sugar.

This is a competent bowl of wanton mee – Springy noodles, meaty wantons, (I like the fried one better) and juicy char siew. The only problem is…… there is also nothing exceptional about it to justify the crazy queues. If I need to queue for my wanton mee, I will go to Eng’s wanton mee instead. :P

2Xiao Long Bao at Shanghai Ren Jia

The xiao long baos were juicy and delicious – These would have beaten DTF’s version if the skin was a tad thinner.  Do note that the waiting time for the XLBs can be up to 3o minutes.

3Sheng Jian Bao at Shanghai Ren Jia

I read many rave reviews about it online and thought that maybe I finally found the “xiao yang sheng jian” equivalent in Singapore. However, these buns were disappointing. The fillings were well marinated but way too dry. :(

We also tried their pork chop noodles and loved it – We will certainly return to Shanghai Ren Jia to try more dishes.

Soi 19 Wanton Mee
Tel:+65 9613 33400
Add: Blk 151 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, Singapore 560151 (In the coffeeshop)
Opening Hours: Check the website for opening days and hours
Spend: $5 per pax

Shanghai Ren Jia
Tel: +65 63686927
Add: Blk 151 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, Singapore 560151
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun: 11am to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10pm, Closed on Mon
Spend: $11 per pax

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