Now, I don’t know how much of a secret this place is because I always see the Wan Tan Mee stall PACKED with customers. However, they are mostly locals so it may be quite a secret to tourists.
I was fortunate enough to have a foodie friend in Kuala Lumpur and he was the perfect guide to the best places in town. We were walking around Bukit Bintang, the tourist ghetto of Kuala Lumpur, trying to pass time before we were going to head out to No Black Tie to meet a friend and listen to some jazz music.
Being a local, he rarely goes out this far to eat since he lives in Petaling Jaya. Like most people, he was a tourist (again?) of his own city. So, he took advantage of my visit and acted as my tour guide, taking me around and see what’s new around the area as well as to revisit some of the best food stalls he’s ever been to. One of them was this special Wan Tan Mee stall not too far from the night life.
When we got there, the noodles weren’t ready yet so we had to wait for some time. Slowly, the tables were filling up. One of the guys on the other table had a look with such fervor and talked to my friend in Bahasa. He talked with quite the intensity in his face so I was wondering what had happened. When my friend came back to our table, he said the guy was expressing how we found a really good and unique stall, that “You can’t find this kind of flavor anywhere else in Malaysia.” Of course, my friend knew that already!
But then I knew we were REALLY in the right place for this.
Wan Tan Mee is basically Wonton Noodles, where different versions are found in other countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand. In Malaysia, it’s an oyster sauce-based, egg noodle dish topped with char siu, wontons, some leafy greens, and pickled green chilli. It’s usually served dry with a side of wonton soup.