January 21, 2015

Da Jie Famous Wanton Noodles – Singapore

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So I’ve been back at work a week now, and its official friends, I am suffering from a serious case of holiday hangover.  My month of sunning myself in Asia has quickly become a distant memory. Strangely, I’m busy at work, really busy…. traditionally January in the hospitality industry in Canberra is quiet, so this is rather a strange feeling.

All together now…. Sigh!!!

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But, on the upside, one of the wonderful things about getting back into it (access to decent coffee aside) is seeing my colleagues, one in particular, Louana. Lou is the Press Clubs Restaurant Manager, Cheffies right hand gal, she has so much sass, is funny as heck and loves food just as much as me, yep… Lou is an all round awesome chick. #iheartlou

Meet the AMAZING Lou from the National Press Club of Australia Team, my connection to Da Jie Famous Wanton Noodles - Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Lou & I dressed in our Op Shop finest – Clothes provided by the Press Clubs Lost Property

Our conversations often (always) involve food, so you can imagine her excitement when I announced I would be spending a week in her home town, Singapore. I left Australia armed with a hefty list of things I must eat, the seeing and doing were a bonus!  First stop, Da Jie Famous Wanton Noodles, a neat little cafe style joint owned by Lou’s sister in law Linda, located smack bang in the middle of Little India, Singapore.

Da Jie means Older or Elder Sister.
Da Jie Wanton Mee simply means big sister’s wanton noodles.
The da jie Linda, is the eldest girl in the family.

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Da Jie Famous Wanton Noodles – 209 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208895

We were greeted and told to ‘sit, sit, sit’, which was fabulous to take in the buzz of this clearly thriving luncheon hot spot. A kind faced waiter came to our table to take orders, he noted the Aussie accent and said he had family down under, I blurted out…. Are you Lou’s brother, Roy? His eyes glazed, we were warmly hugged and again welcomed to the restaurant. ‘Yes’, he said. ‘Yes I am’.

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Kicking it with Roy, Lou’s bro

We didn’t bother looking at the menu, Roy ordered their most popular dishes for us, the dry noodles and the noodle soup. Guess he figured we wouldn’t be too keen on the chook foot they are most famous for.

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Hanging in the kitchen from L to R – Roy (brother) ~ Linda (owner & sister in-law) Me & Gen (sister)

The soup arrived first, yep, there were many squeals of delight. I eagerly slurped and chowed down, it was a party for the taste buds, a unique flavour with a solid hint of sweet.

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Bless the noodle gods for what I am about to consume #drool

Apparently one of the secrets to the amazingness of the noodles, aside from the fact they use a specialty egg noodle, is the practice of loosening all the noodles and allowing them to rest, that…. and the way the noodles are cooked. The texture is perfect. The soup had 4 big juicy, bangin’ pork wantons and a handful of char siew too.

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Wanton Noodle Soup – About to be in my person

The bowl of dry wanton noodles was very generous. They were al dente, thin, springy with just that right amount of chewy, the wantons were crispy and the char siew very tender and oh so good. The sauce had a bit of bite, but finished with a lovely sweetness. It was delicious, a winning combo for sure.

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Dry Noodles – About to be in my person #yarm

This foodie experience was by far one of the highlights of my entire holiday. If you are in Singapore, be sure to pop in for some of the worlds BEST wanton noodles, and tell ’em LOU – ANNA sent chya. Cause hot diggity – this place ROCKS!

I’d love to know, what are you doing to combat the holiday hangover? And are you a dry noodle or noodle soup person?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Holly - March 15, 2016 Reply

ooo that looks really good! I want some

    Anna - March 17, 2016 Reply

    So much deliciousness, I wish I had access to this restaurant every day. The noodle soup was so good. 🙂

Eileen | The Food Avenue - March 14, 2016 Reply

O.M.G. Looks amazing! Next time I go to Taiwan we are going to go through Singapore… and I’ve just added this place to my list 🙂

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    Do, do, doooooo! Make sure you say you visited because of the blog, or because of Lou, they will spoil you rotten. 🙂

Serina aka Ms Frugal Ears - March 13, 2016 Reply

That looks just amazingly fabulous. Loved the wonton noodle soup, especially the bright way it was presented.

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    All the plates and bowls were plastic, but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. So much deliciousness, and yes, the noodle soup was my fave. Totes recommend next time you are in town. 🙂

Evelyne CulturEatz - March 13, 2016 Reply

How awesome to be so welcomed away from home with a personal touch. Awesome dishes, love well made noodles with love.

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    It was amazing Evelyne, one of the most fun and tasty eats we had while in South East Asia. The noodles were out of this world delicious. Mmmmm!

Rosemary - March 12, 2016 Reply

Love noodles….so everything you mention is just outstanding! Always best to get a recommendation from locals and looks like you got in on all the secrets. Yum, yum, yum. Can’t wait to see what else you discovered!!

    Anna - March 14, 2016 Reply

    Visiting Lous family restaurant in Singapore was one of the foodie highlights of the trip, we had a ball, and totally loved being able to feel like we were dining with family in a strange city. Such fun!

Krista - March 12, 2016 Reply

Your friend Lou sounds SO cool! 🙂 What a treasure of a place she sent you to!

Gary - March 11, 2016 Reply

OMG I love wonton noodles!!! Well maybe all types of noodles. Since we’re getting direct flights to Singapore soon, I reckon i can fit this into my longweekend in singapore

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    Meeeeee tooooooo! 🙂 Yup, couldnt agree with you more Gary, noodles and me, we got something special.
    When you jetset it to Singapore for a long weekend, please take me. I wanna come. 🙂

Elissa - March 11, 2016 Reply

That soup looks fantastic. Ah yes, holiday hangover – glad you had a chance to relive those happy memories.

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    It was AMAZING, Lous family sent me the recipe, but I feel it is missing an ingredient, it just doesnt taste the same as it did there.

Rosemarie of Travel and Beyond - March 11, 2016 Reply

This post is making me miss my hometown! Gosh…. the food memories!

    Anna - March 11, 2016 Reply

    Food memories are amazing huh?! Wish I could be there right now stuffing my face with this delicious soup.

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Sue Slaght - February 3, 2015 Reply

The best cure for holiday hangover is to have one or two booked prior to even leaving. 🙂 I have found over the years that way the next adventure awaits and the return to reality is not so painful. 🙂

    Anna - February 3, 2015 Reply

    Well Sue, that is possibly the best advise I have ever received, thank you so much. I shall get cracking on booking the adventures I plan on taking this year and next. Awesome! 🙂

Mabel Kwong - January 28, 2015 Reply

It is funny. I’ve been to Little India countless of times up until a few years back and NEVER saw this wonton hawker place. But my oh my, your soup noodles look delicious! So colourful, must have been very flavoursome with the vegies and meat 😀

“We didn’t bother looking at the menu” LOL. That’s the advantage of knowing someone at a restaurant, I suppose. You get the best dishes served up to you, and sometimes at a discounted price too. If you are lucky, you don’t have to pay (it happens sometimes in Malaysia). They really mean well and just want you to be well fed!

Personally I prefer dry wonton noodles, though the soup ones I don’t mind too. Maybe it’s because of the warm and humid weather in Singapore and Malaysia. I’ve never seen though crispy things on top of the noodles in the last photo, maybe it’s a specialty at the place you went too. I am curious – what drink did you get to go with the noodles?

Hope work isn’t too bad for you 🙂

    Anna - January 28, 2015 Reply

    That is freakin awesome Miss Mabel. I’d love to hear stories of your adventures in Singapore, shall get my stalk on your blog. 🙂

    We were treated like royalty, it was amazing, the food just kept coming. I practically rolled down the street, I was so full. I did find a lot of the places we visited, we were very much looked after, welcomed with arms wide open and treated to some very special experiences. Wonderful memories made, my tastebuds had an epic time too. Lol!

    I still can’t decide which I enjoyed more, maybe the dry noodles, the soup version would be wonderful in the cooler weather I think. The crispy things were fried wanton wrappers, so delicious. I will have to ask Lou if it is a speciality. And, the drink we were served was a can of lemonade, but it was flat and very sweet. Kind of tasted like cordial. Oddly refreshing. 🙂

    I’ve settled back into work thanks lovely. 🙂

Agness - January 28, 2015 Reply

You always have so much fun, girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ryan Biddulph - January 27, 2015 Reply

Noodle soup all the way Anna and that dish looks awesome!!! I gotta say I am kinda fortunate in that there is no holiday hangover for me. Both me and my wife are full time, professional blogging/freelancing/coaching/eBook selling digital nomads so we do the travel bit like….forever, lol! Heading to Bali for 4 months in 6 days so it’ll be a nice break from the blizzard – GASP – here in New Jersey that we are facing now.

Thanks for the tasty share and keep up the great work Anna!!!

Ryan

    Anna - January 27, 2015 Reply

    Holy WOW Ryan, that is so flippin cool, you are my inspiration, I totally love your titles too, bit of a mouthful, but awesome! 🙂
    4 months in Bali, what a wondrous treat you are in for, especially with the gawd awful weather conditions you kids have been dealing with.
    Thanks heaps for your support, I really appreciate it.

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - January 27, 2015 Reply

These noodles look so goooood! It is a real pity that I am not in Singapore to run to Little India and order the largest bowl of her post popular dish.
I hope you enjoyed these noodles in double: For me and you! 🙂
Wishing you a very happy, fun birthday!

    Anna - January 27, 2015 Reply

    I was sure to eat as much as I could possibly fit in my belly, enough for all my pals. 🙂 So yes, I totes enjoyed for you too.
    Thank you so much, that is very kind of you, birthday week has kicked off with a bang, gorgeous cupcakes were waiting on my desk this morning. #yarm

Choc Chip Uru - January 26, 2015 Reply

I think we are all familiar with holiday hangover, I would be having one as well if I had to leave such incredible food!
Your noodle photos are calling to me, all I want to do is slurp up from the nearest noodle store! 😀
Super hungry now btw…

Cheers
Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - January 27, 2015 Reply

    The cravings got serious Uru, my colleagues and I ate noodles every day last week. LOL! Hope you satisfied the cravings too. 🙂

Bam's Kitchen - January 25, 2015 Reply

Hi there Anna! I love hearing about your adventures and sorry life is busy at work but imagine how bored you would be if it was not! I love noodles in all shapes and forms but in the winter I crave noodles in a soup broth. I will be coming to SG soon and will have to check out this restaurant.

    Anna - January 27, 2015 Reply

    Hey Ya BAM! 🙂
    You are totes right about being bored if I didn’t have all this going on with work, thankfully my days are zooming.
    Yay, that’s brilliant, can’t wait to hear what you think about the noodles from Dai Jie Famous Wanton Noodles. If you can find room in your suitcase, consider me in it!

Gourmet Getaways - January 25, 2015 Reply

We’re torn between dry and noodle soup! 😛 Lucky you for getting expert advice there 🙂 Boy, you had a great Southeast Asian tour!!!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

    Anna - January 27, 2015 Reply

    I was very spoilt with my travels in Asia, especially in the food department. Gahhh, all the delicious! 🙂

    Teehee, easy way around that problem Julie & Alesah, order both kinds of noodles. LOL!

Dedy@Dentist Chef - January 25, 2015 Reply

oh, you made me craving for some carbs again…..

Tim | UrbanDuniya - January 24, 2015 Reply

Ooooooh this looks fantastic!!!! Definitely noodle soup for me 🙂 I wish I could cook food like that at home, but I just know it wouldn’t be quite the same. Guess I’ll have to schedule a trip to Singapore some time soon!!! 😀

    Anna - January 24, 2015 Reply

    It was brill Tim, one heck of a soup made ALL the better being welcomed so warmly by Lou’s family. 🙂
    I wish I could cook it at home too. But visiting for reals would be way more fun. Remember to leave some room in your suitcase for me.

My Inner Chick - January 24, 2015 Reply

–OOOOOOO, that soup looks DEEELish! May I have a bowl, please?
You are too cute. .. & what a glamorous life! xx

    Anna - January 24, 2015 Reply

    It was freakin’ DELICIOUS Kim. One of the tastiest meals have eaten ages. 🙂
    And heck yes, come on over, I reckon you visiting would be reason enough for me getting my hands on the recipe. LOL!

Raymund - January 23, 2015 Reply

Wow I’ve been to this place before and I love it. So miss Singaporean food now 🙂

Lou - January 23, 2015 Reply

What a fantastic blog and thanks so much for this post. It’s after midnight and guess what? I’m so hungry, I could die for those noodles!! We should have noodles for lunch tomorrow. Dry noodles is my pick! Anyway, congratulations on the great job you’re doing with this blog. I’m officially your follower now! Love your work and love you lots.

    Anna - January 23, 2015 Reply

    LOU! 🙂
    Haha, I’m hungry too. But that isn’t a strange feeling. LOL! I know what you mean about the noodles, this blog is almost painful to my taste buds soul. But I know what will make it better… Noodles Friday!!! Yarm. 🙂
    Thanks heaps Lou, I really appreciate your love and support. You rock! All the love right back at chya. xox

Agness - January 22, 2015 Reply

Now I really feel like having some noodles. They are a great source of energy when you travel. The hotter, the better! Yummy, yummy!

    Anna - January 23, 2015 Reply

    Guessing there will be a bunch of us having noodles today Agness. 🙂
    Noodles are great, really great. And generally speaking a cheap and delicious meal which is handy when you are traveling on a budget.

merryn@merrynsmenu - January 22, 2015 Reply

What a gorgeous cafe/restaurant, so colourful and vibrant with the Singapore vibe. I just love the dishes you were served, any noodles, dry or wet are always welcome. Oh and work is the best cure for the holiday hangover.

    Anna - January 23, 2015 Reply

    It was amazing Merryn, so authentic, I loved the vibe of the place. 🙂
    Yep, with you on the noodle love, not picky at all on how they come. LOL!
    Normally I would agree with you about getting over my holiday head with work, but it just isnt happening, maybe after the long weekend Ill be feeling it. Thanks heaps for stopping by. 🙂

Sophie - January 22, 2015 Reply

You are one Lucky Foodie travelling girl, you know that?

Your friend ‘s family are welcoming you with joy so you can experience great & tasty food!

    Anna - January 23, 2015 Reply

    I really am very spoilt, Sophie! It was such a lovely experience, nice to have that little connection to home. 🙂
    Next task… to get the recipe to recreate the deliciousness.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - January 22, 2015 Reply

Oh my, I’m going gaga over this post! All of the memories of Singapore are flooding back. My mum is from there and we spent many of our summer holidays there! 🙂

    Anna - January 23, 2015 Reply

    Oh that is awesome Lorraine! How lucky are you being able to say – We spent many of our Summers in Singapore. #imjelly Makes my summers at Batemans Bay sound positively lame. LOL!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - January 22, 2015 Reply

I love the term holiday hangover. I had a serious bout of that when we got back from France, but not for good reasons 🙂 Your meal looks scrummy!

    Anna - January 23, 2015 Reply

    Haha! It is the longest lasting holiday hangover I’ve ever experienced, thats for sure Tandy. 🙂
    Oh yes, I bet you did have some post France blues.
    Meal was amazing, wish I could ‘beam me up’ a bowl right now. 🙂

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - January 22, 2015 Reply

I’m going to be like you Anna – a bowl of each please:) And I am looking forward to reading more of your adventures – the hangover will either get better or worse;)

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    Well we can’t discriminate against the dry and wet noodles right?! 🙂
    Haha, guessing the long weekend will help extend that hangover, possibly making it a physical pain too. LOL!

Hotly Spiced - January 22, 2015 Reply

I know what you mean by suffering a holiday hangover. We’ve been home a week and it’s all very sad and so hard to get back into the work routine. While we were away we didn’t have any spicy Asian food and I was craving it. I’d love to be able to whip up a noodle dish like this, this evening xx

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    Oh I feel for you Charlie. If you figure out a solid method to ease the holiday hangover, totes let me know. 🙂
    I shall see if I can get my hands on a recipe to share with everyone, could go a bowl of noodles myself. xox

Elizabeth - January 22, 2015 Reply

They look like amazing dishes… I love chicken feet, so I would have then too 🙂
Honestly there is nothing like a good wonton soup and it was my second thing to find when moving to the Gold Coast… I spent a lot of time in my 30’s travelling backwards and forward to Singapore to teach singing, and I think every time I gained 5 kg eating chicken rice, laksa, steamed dumplings and wonton soup….! So good! Liz xx

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    Seems I am alone in not enjoying munching on the feet of chicken. Especially the chook foot served here. 🙂
    Wow, that sounds amazing Liz, tell us more about your adventures back then. Haha… I totes understand the extra weight post travels, the food was freakin amazeballs. 🙂

Hannah - January 22, 2015 Reply

I’m an Asian noodle person. Just noodle in any way! MMMMMmmmmm noodle.

I feel like Po’s dad in Kung Fu Panda https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDUMVQpCoo8 ‘Noodle dream!’

What am I doing to combat the holiday hangover? You already know! 😛

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    Yep, I agree, I cant decide which noodles I like more. I like them alllllll!
    Haha… Kung Fu Panda is a fricken legend. Love that guy! 🙂
    You are easing the pain of holiday hangover. Thank YOU! xox

Krista - January 22, 2015 Reply

I just love the cool people you have in your life. 🙂 Lou sounds awesome. 🙂 This food looks fantastic!!! How fun to get to meet such talented people AND taste all that deliciousness. 🙂

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    I know right, one lucky lady having so many fabulous peeps in my world. 🙂
    Lou really is awesome, so much fun!
    And yep, the food…. Drool! A super cool experience it was.

Kris Johnston - January 22, 2015 Reply

What a brilliant blog. Wow, that would of been the last thing that Roy would of expected to hear from 2 random Australians. Brilliant.
Such a treat for both of you… Lucky girl!
It is only 9am at the moment, I’ve had breakfast, but damn… those noodles look fantastic. Hungry.

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Nizz! 🙂
    Yes, I was even feeling a bit misty when Roy’s face lit up #notacrier it was the best. Teehee, we were VERY obviously the tourists at this neat little cafe, a couple of wide eyed Aussies we were. LOL!
    Haha, I hear that… Could go a bowl of noodles myself.

      Pink - January 22, 2015 Reply

      I love this post, brilliant as always bestie. Funny I had a wonton noodle soup craving yesterday so now seeing this is like “Omg, did she just read my mind” (had a bowl in Gungahlin but turned out to be rather disappointing.) Noone does noodle soup better than Asia land!!! Come over next week, I’ll cook you a bowl (haven’t been able to find one in Can that’s up to my picky Asian standard yet).

        Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

        Nawh, thanks gorgeous gal. I sure am lucky having such supportive and amazing friends like you in my life. You are the best! 🙂
        Haha… I have been putting some serious dreaming about noodle soup since eating this bowl of awesome, so maybe you picked up on that. Lol!
        YES… Lock in noodles at your place (the closest to Asia land I can get for now) next week for sure. Your food is freakin incredible. Cant wait! xox

Alice - January 22, 2015 Reply

I love the name of this noodle house and it’s familiar to me, being a da jie jie myself! How wonderful to have a little connection to home, via a bowl of lip smackingly good noodles. Love the crispy wontons pictured below too, I’m getting hungry!

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    I am the da jie too! 🙂 And heck yeah, this little noodle shop was flamin wonderful. I have been dreaming about them every day since. 🙂
    It really made the experience very special, I felt like Lou was with me.
    Hah, I bet you have a few amazing noodle dishes up your sleeve, Alice?

Lizzy (Good Things) - January 22, 2015 Reply

Awesomeness… I could dive right into that bowl of noodle soup! Thanks for sharing your holiday snaps with us!

    Anna - January 22, 2015 Reply

    Arghhh…. the noodle soup was amazing, but the dry noodles were too. Hmmm… I can’t pick which I enjoyed more. LOL! Thanks for coming along on my journey, as always lovely Liz, you are amazing. xox

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