If you grow up in Cheras, you would know that Yulek Wan Tan Mee is the most popular wantan mee restaurant in the area. This famous wantan mee used to operate a stall in Meng Shiang coffee shop further down the road, before they moved here.
Yulek Wan Tan Mee noodles is famed for its springy noodles, albeit a little oilier at times. Tossed in dark soy sauce and probably some other secret ingredients, the springy noodles are a perfect combination of sweet and salty. The noodles comes in 3 sizes – small, medium and large. Please specify the size during order.
Most diners will notice the very generous among of meat that comes with the noodles. You can choose between siew yuk (roast pork), char siew (bbq pork), gai giok (braised chicken feet) and pai guat (pork ribs) or any combination as topping for your wantan mee. For the portion size, the price of the dish is actually worth paying.
You can also order side dishes such as sui kow (dumplings) and wantan, either fried or in soup, to complement the meal.
Wantan mee with char siew (RM6.50). As you can see, the portion of meat given is close to half of the plate. Worth the price you are paying!
As for the char siew, if you don’t like them too lean, do remember to ask for “pun fei sau” which literally means half fat, half lean.
Wantan mee with siew yuk and char siew (RM8.50). Despite the lean char siew, we were given a “pun fei sau” for siew yuk. The siew yuk is so tender that it will melt in your mouth.
The busy kitchen
This wantan mee place is so popular that it is always filled with diners. You’ll probably need to wait about 15 minutes or more for your food to be served. Expect the wait to be longer on weekends because the restaurant will be packed with people, with many still waiting for available tables. If you have a small party with you, you may share a table with other diners to lessen the table-waiting time.
Look at the crowd on a weekend. There are still people waiting outside for seats.
Overall, the popularity of this wantan mee restaurant is unrivalled. The noodles are springy and flavourful. We don’t deny it is very oily, more often than not in our many visits. Nevertheless, this factor is countered by their generosity – they are not stingy with their pork which is a very big winning point.
From our frequent visits, we can say that we haven’t found another wantan mee place that we love more than Yulek Wan Tan Mee.
Restoran Yulek Wan Tan Mee
Address: 19, Lorong Durian, Taman Cheras, 56100 Kuala Lumpur
Business hours: 7.30am – 4:00pm, closed on alternate Tuesdays