[Comfort Food] The “wan tan mee” from my childhood

Technically, this isn’t a traditional “wan tan mee”. It’s more like noodles with minced pork gravy. haha. But I love the taste and it reminds me of my childhood. This isn’t exactly my mom’s recipe but I just recreated it with what I had in the kitchen. Not very helpful recipe below, because I didn’t measure anything so everything is just agak-agak.


  • Minced pork (i used about 250g ish I think) sub with other meat if you don’t take pork
  • Diced onions (about half a medium sized yellow onion)
  • Chopped garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • Chicken stock/ whatever broth (around 500ml)
  • Dark soy sauce (about 1 Tbsp)
  • Light soy sauce (about 2 tsp? taste and adjust accordingly)
  • Oyster sauce (about 1 Tbsp)
  • Salt (forgot how much I used lol)
  • Maggie cukup rasa (optional)
  • Cornstarch slurry (I used about 1 heaping tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with 2 parts cold water)

Extra stuff (optional)

  • Fried garlic oil (chop garlic and fry on med heat till golden brown) – I always have a container of garlic oil with fried garlic in my kitchen
  • My mom usually adds cooked green peas to the gravy. Goes pretty well with the gravy.
  • Fried shallots as topping


  1. Saute diced onions and chopped garlic in a pot
  2. Add in minced meat and fry till meat is cooked (no more raw meat)
  3. Add in dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, osyter sauce, and maggie cukup rasa. Mix.
  4. Add in chicken stock and bring to a boil
  5. Let simmer for a bit.
  6. Add salt to taste.
  7. Add some cornstarch slurry, stir and wait to see how thick it gets. Add more if needed. (depends if you prefer a more watery gravy or thicker gravy)


  1. Cook preferred noodles by following the manufacture’s instructions. I used egg noodles in mine, but I do like Vit’s instant noodles as well. Drain and set aside.
  2. On the serving plate, add 1 tablespoon of fried garlic oil, and 1 teaspoon of dark soy sauce.
  3. Mix cooked noodles with the garlic oil and dark soy sauce until well coated.
  4. Add gravy (I like to flood mine with gravy..)
  5. (optional) Add fried shallot toppings
  6. Serve hot
So good! ♥️