It’s been 5 months since I first tried this god level wantan mee stall and I still wonder why tourists don’t flock this place. In fact, I can remember every time I came here (about 4 or 5 times now) I was the only non-local dining. It blows my mind that in this day and age of wanting to find the best places for local food (aside from instagrammable walls), tourists have not found this place. But I will consider the fact that you’ll never know what time uncle opens. Sometimes it’s 9 PM; sometimes it’s 11 PM. Whenever he feels like it!
I am highly amused by this man — so full of character. Last night, I visited the stall once more before my flight out of Kuala Lumpur the next day. Obviously, I chose a hostel that was literally just a minute walk away because I wanted to be able to rest while I wait for him to open. I was highly determined to have a bowl of his god level wantan mee one more time.
At about 9:15 PM, my friend and I passed by again to see how far along he’s prepared his stall. It was far from being open so we thought we’d come back at 10:00 PM. When we came back, he was still far from ready so we decided to just sit there and wait. We were the first people to arrive and we had a full experience of watching uncle go about his preparations… at his own pace.
About 10 or so minutes later, a group of 3 people arrived and one of them attempted to order. In my head I thought, he’s not even ready why do you think he’d care to take your order? Uncle is spicy. It’s like he knows people come for his god level wantan mee no matter what so customer service is not even in his vocabulary. And to be honest? I don’t care. I have so much respect for this man for creating such a delicious bowl of joy. I think he has every right to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants.
So when the man slowly made his way up to uncle, I knew what uncle would do — shoo him away. And shoo he did before even letting the man finish his sentence. I understand him, though. We’re all at the mercy of his mood so I think we should all just sit there and wait patiently. I was laughing inside (okay, I actually laughed out a little) seeing him shooed away like that. But if he was a regular he should already know by now that he’s not going to change his pace for you. You adjust. You live in his world so you live by his rules!
Moments later, the tables were full and some people were even standing on the side, waiting for uncle to open. Annoyingly enough, another man comes up to him and rudely orders for a bowl of god level wantan mee. I saw uncle stare at the customer in disbelief at how he talked to him. Uncle didn’t respond and just went about his business. I bet he was served last because he was rude! But then again, all I cared about was my bowl of god level wantan mee! Even I thought I wouldn’t care if he didn’t serve us first considering we were the first to arrive, but he did anyway so that was nice.
Wantan Mee is an oyster sauce-based, egg noodle dish topped with char siu, wontons, some leafy greens, and pickled green chilli. It can be served either dry or with soup, but uncle does dry wantan mee with the wontons on a separate bowl. There’s something about his sauce that just makes it a burst of flavor. I’d make sure I eat at this place every time I make a stop over in Kuala Lumpur. It’s worth the wait. It’s worth all the effort you’ll put into getting a bow of his god level wantan mee.