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$3.50 Malaysian Noodles with Toa Payoh Braised Chicken Feet

Pin Xiang Wanton Mee at Toa Payoh

There are many cultural similarities between Singapore and Malaysia, from the way we talk to the food that unites us. Example: wonton noodles, a popular dish on both sides of the border.

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But if we dig a little deeper, there are enough differences between the two variants of wonton mee to make them stand out from each other. While most of us are familiar with the Singaporean version, dark soy sauce noodles from Xiang broocha hawker stall in Toa Payoh, is a fine example of Malaysian-style wonton mee.

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Food in Pin Xiang Wanton Mee

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Appearance-wise, the Free Mee ($3.50) looks like what you’d expect from a typical bowl of wonton noodles. However, there is no trace of the bright red chili sauce that often features in local wonton mee.

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Instead, the springy egg noodles were drizzled with a rich and very flavorful dark soy sauce. According to the aunt who runs the stall and is originally from Ipoh, this specially prepared sauce is what differentiates the Malaysian-style wonton noodles from the local version.

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The hearty slices of green chili in the dish, which provided a spicy kick and a bit of acidity, played a supporting role. It never threatened to overwhelm, but rather stimulated my appetite enough to allow the QQ noodles and addictive black sauce to pass.

Some leafy cai xin added a nice crunch to every bite. The red char, although slightly dry, was tender and brought a nice pork flavor to the dish.

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Unfortunately, the two wontons that came in a bowl of soup were a slight disappointment, as they weren’t particularly meaty, nor were they flavorful enough to effectively complement the noodles.

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Our next dish, the Chicken Feet Noodles with Mushrooms ($3.50)replaced the char and meatballs with braised chicken feet and shiitake mushrooms.

I admit my stomach is knotting at the thought of eating chicken feet. They are, after all, an acquired taste. For the sake of journalistic integrity, however, I mustered up some courage and started swallowing while my colleague – who also doesn’t like the dish – watched in abject horror.

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Luckily the chicken feet were actually really good! I was surprised at how well braised they were, with the earthy notes of the mushroom juices infused into the gelatinous chicken skin. Despite the tiny bones and weird texture, I was able to focus on the great flavors instead of dwelling on the fact that I was eating wrinkled four-toed feet.

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The large mushrooms, on the other hand, were just superb. They were pleasantly soft, tasty and therefore very juicy.

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Although we really enjoyed the thin egg noodles in both dishes, we thought it was time to try something with a different mouthfeel. the Hor Fun Mushroom Shredded Chicken ($3.50) consisted of the same shiitake mushrooms, joined by shredded chicken pieces and rice noodles.

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While the mushrooms here were still very good, the chicken added little to the dish and the fun hor didn’t have the smooth, silky texture I was looking for. In short, it is better to stick to the two previous dishes.

Atmosphere at Pin Xiang Wanton Mee

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Pin Xiang is located in Blk 93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh Market & Food Centerseven-minute walk from Braddell MRT Station. It’s a quaint little hawker center located next to the HDB apartments and a bird pavilion – hearing the birds chirping while you sip wonton noodles is the very definition of simple fun.

The verdict

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Pin Xiang’s fare is everything I love about Malaysian style wonton noodles and more. While the wontons themselves were, ironically, the Achilles heel of the stand, almost everything else about the black sauce noodles was good to excellent. And at $3.50 a plate, you get a solid bowl of wonton mee at a super affordable price.

If you are looking for more delicious noodles, check out our best wonton mee list. For another tasty yet affordable choice, read our Fei Fei Roasted Noodles review.

Address: 93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-46, Blk 93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh Market & Food Centre, Singapore 310093
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4:30am-1pm
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Pin Xiang Wanton Mee is not a halal certified restaurant.

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Pin Xiang Wanton Mee Review: $3.50 Malaysian-Style Noodles with Braised Chicken Feet at Toa Payoh

  • Pin Xiang Wanton Mee Review: $3.50 Malaysian Style Noodles with Braised Chicken Feet at Toa Payoh – 8/10

8/10

Summary

Advantages

– The noodles with black sauce are superb
– Chicken feet and shiitakes are impeccably braised
– Value for money award

The inconvenients

– The wontons are mediocre
– Shredded chicken with mushrooms Hor Fun pale compared to other dishes

Recommended dishes: Wanton Mee ($3.50), Chicken Feet Noodles with Mushrooms ($3.50)

Opening hours: Tue-Sun 4:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Address: 93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-46, Blk 93 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh Market & Food Centre, Singapore 310093