Opened towards the end of 2014, "I Want My Noodle" straddles the fine line between Singapore hawker-style and casual-cafe dining. Wedged in-between Shaw Centre main-stay "The Ship" and the hoity-toity Chinese private dining-turned-bistro "Xiyan" in the recently-revamped building, I Want My Noodle's decor was industrial-chic-meets-Chinese-kampung, and serves a surprisingly compact menu of springy handmade noodles, bathed in tasty sauces and broth, plus a few well-executed sides.
The eatery has been packing in the crowds due to its relatively affordable (it's not exactly 'cheap') prices in a part of Orchard dominated by pricey Les Amis Group-owned eats.
Dishes we tried this evening:
Springy egg noodles with soy-braised pork belly, shitake mushrooms and boiled egg. The soy-based sauce was aromatic with Chinese spices, dominated by star-anise. The noodles have a nice toothsome texture. The soy-braised egg would have been perfect had its yolk centre been molten, but was a tad over-cooked.
Nevertheless, the long-stewed pork belly ("lor bah") and whole caps of shitake mushrooms were glossy dark & delicious.
IWMN's rendition of "bak chor mee", also very tasty with a more than generous helping of golden-fried pork lardons, in addition to the minced pork. Finely-sliced shitake mushrooms and poached "bok choy" completed the bowl, garnished with a leaf of crisp-fried wafer.
The clear pork-and-turnip broth, reminiscent of Taiwanese pork soups, were light and tasty. It's topped with fresh coriander and chopped scallions.
The obligatory vegetable side-dish which I did not try. It's poached "bok choy" topped with a gooey, pork-based brown sauce and sprinkled with golden, crisp-fried chopped garlic and shallots.
The eatery's hard, spartan seats; open concept (folks outside can stare at your orders) and long queues outside during peak meal periods discouraged any urge to linger or carry on a conversation. It's a typical Singaporean eat-and-run place.
I Want My Noodle
#03-14/15, Shaw Centre
1 Scotts Road