With inflation and uncertainties abound, it’s comforting to know that some things remain constant. Like the unbelievably affordable food at A9 Noodle Dumpling in Fortune Centre!
I discovered this one-man eatery by chance and was pleasantly surprised to find it packed with customers happily slurping up their food. The space itself is pretty bare-bones, but that’s where its charm lies. It doesn’t rely on pomp and circumstance to sell itself, and instead, lets its food do the talking. As it’s relatively hidden on the second level, it makes for a quiet spot to grab a quick lunch or dinner.
As its name suggests, A9 Noodle Dumpling’s menu consists entirely of noodles and dumplings. At $4 for 15 pieces, the Dumplings are undeniably one of the cheapest options out there, and are perfect for sharing. It’s not uncommon to find a plate piled with these delicious, wholesome dumplings at every table.
The fillings themselves taste rather mellow, and are meant to be paired with the housemade chilli or pickles to really bring out the flavour. Still, if you’re looking for a quick and affordable fix, these dumplings sure do the trick with toothsome morsels of meat and dough. Each batch is boiled to order.
If 15 pieces are too much for you (or you’re unwilling to test your personal limits in public), you can always sample a smaller portion of them with the Chive Pork Dumpling Noodle ($4). The broth bears some resemblance to Japanese dashi stock, while the noodles are a little on the soft side.
The Mala Savoury Noodle ($5) is a surprising standout item for me, with its springy noodles coated with tongue-numbing mala sauce. The chopped onions and sesame seeds add a refreshing element to the mix, and the tempura prawn and eggplant are certainly unique additions that make this dish resemble mazesoba.
The mixture of umami and numbness in one bite make this dish far more addictive than the soup noodles which seem bland in comparison. I did find the tempura pieces to be a tad soggy and oily if left for too long.
Simple, comforting food is the name of the game at A9 Noodle Dumpling. It might not be serving up Michelin-standard food but, if you’re looking for something quick and easy, that doesn’t put a dent on the wallet, this is the place to go.
Address:190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre 02-26, Singapore 188979
Nearest MRT: Bugis EW12/DT14, Bencoolen DT21, Bras Basah CC2
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm daily
Contact: +65 9667 1510