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Woo Ji Cooked Food Review: Laksa With Fried Wontons At $2 At Chinatown Complex

15th February 2018

Woo Ji Cooked Food at Chinatown

woo ji -flatlay

Chinatown is like a cave with gems waiting to be discovered. It was only a matter of time until I discovered Woo Ji Cooked Food, a hawker stall tucked away on the second floor of Chinatown Complex. Woo Ji Cooked Food sells only three dishes: fried wontons, prawn noodles and laksa, all at $2 each!  Although these dishes may be our everyday fare, you might have a hard time finding them at a cheaper price elsewhere.

Food at Woo Ji Cooked Food

woo ji- $2 laksa

I was most eager to try their Laksa ($2). Laksa is not a simple dish to make. A lot of ingredients and effort go into preparing the creamy broth, so I was curious as to how the stall owners are able to be so generous in their portions. A bowl of their laksa is topped with two fried wontons, two pieces of tau pok, one stuffed green chilli, one fishball, and a sprinkle of hae bee (dried shrimps) on top.

woo ji - fried wonton

I’d suggest eating the wontons as quickly as you can, because they turn soggy really fast. As soon as I picked one up with my chopsticks, the dripping wonton skin underneath was already falling off into the soup. I also found the meat filling a little too salty for my liking, and the skin too floury. Then again, you hardly ever see laksa come with fried wonton for the measly sum of $2, so I considered myself #blessed anyway.

woo ji- stuffed green chilli

First there were fried wontons, and now a stuffed green chilli! I was intrigued by how this laksa was beginning to remind me more and more of yong tau foo. The chilli had a bitter crunch to it but it complemented the milder, bland-tasting fish paste within.

woo ji- tau pok

It was surprising how good the tau pok was. Despite being soaked in the broth for some time, it retained a firm texture. In fact, it even tasted quite crispy and had a pleasant umami flavour.

woo ji- noodle pulling

I thought the noodles would be thick and mushy from absorbing the soup, but they were actually rather springy! I found myself slurping them down like an addicted foodie.

woo ji cooked food- soup gif

The laksa soup was exactly how I liked it – not too milky or oily. After drinking the soup, I didn’t feel the need to gulp down water as I normally would after having a typical bowl of thick, cloying laksa. There was also a tingling sensation left on my tongue from the spicy broth – very shiok!

Ambience at Woo Ji Cooked Food

woo ji cooked foods ambience

We were informed by the stall owners that the stall opens early at 6am and sells out by 10am. Laksa for breakfast? I was fascinated by the sheer amount of people willing to queue at Woo Ji Cooked Food so early in the morning. However, the more I think about it, the less I’m surprised. With such an affordable bowl of laksa that isn’t too rich, I wouldn’t mind ordering breakfast from Woo Ji Cooked Food myself. That is to say, if I can actually wake up early enough to travel down to Chinatown.

The verdict

woo ji- verdict

The cheap laksa at Woo Ji Cooked Food far exceeded my expectations. To be frank, I expected something similar to canteen food. Instead, I was given more than I bargained for. This is a place I’d definitely recommend to anyone stopping by Chinatown Complex for a quick bite in the morning.

If you’re visiting Chinatown Complex, you might also want to check out Japanese-Italian hawker stall Sutachi, which sells foie gras beef donburi, and is located just around the bend from Woo Ji Cooked Food, or Kazan Japanese Cuisine.

Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-056, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 050335
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 6am to 10am

This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg. 

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