Saturday, January 2, 2016

SabX2: The real Soi 19 Wanton Mee in Pratunam, Bangkok

Recently this new genre of wanton mee called Thai Wanton mee caught on in Singapore. One of the first stalls which started this is the Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee we reviewed a while ago. I am a regular there these days, and prefering their black sauce version, and usually order the large portion with more noodles, and ingredients like Chinese sausage.

But I note that the AMK version is not like the one in Bangkok in which it is suggested to be modeled after. The famous Soi 19 WTM in Bangkok goes by the curious name of SabX2, and is located at Petcheburi Soi 19. Literally just across the road from the popular Platinum Shopping mall.

There is perpetually a long queue at the shop. Interestingly, it is a double fronted shop house with the cooking station outside, and the dining area in air conditioned interior. When we were there, the patrons seemed to be exclusively Singaporeans.

And it was crowded. Took about 15 minutes for us to move to the head of the queue, and another 10 minutes after we ordered to be served. They used to offer a regular portion and a deluxe portion, but now only the B100 deluxe portion is available.

Portions were very small, and in each a bit of wanton noodles, chye sim, wantons, char siew and a rather generous portion of crab meat. The noodle was served in a little soupy broth, not quite like a soup, but more like a sauce (portion size).

The noodles have a firm bite. Very qq or al dente. The wanton skin had a smooth, rather luxurious mouth feel. Quite nice. The char siew was one of the stars. Very tender, almost melt in your mouth. Nice porky flavour, but not the in-your-face kind where it can sometimes tend to be overwhelming. A nice sprinkling of crispy pork lard is mixed in, and the crab meat is very sweet and adds a nice dimension.

Overall, very enjoyable. I guess B100 is rather expensive for a small portion of wanton mee in Bangkok. The place is well blogged by other Singaporean bloggers, so explains the reason why it seemed to be completely patronized by Singaporeans. Service was brisk, not particularly polite, and communication was in Mandarin. For me, nice bowl of wanton mee with a twist. Curious about the origins of the name though.

SabX2 Wanton Mee
Address: 4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 2653 9618
Opening Hours: Daily 9am-3pm