"They have the best wanton mee in the west!"
"Yes, a lot of people are raving about it on the internet."
The Google review proved them right, and the queue just outside Lai Fa Ba tells us that this is indeed one of the makan spots around Bukit Batok.
Tucked in the industrial area, among the likes of Wcegas, this is an area you won't come by often. You'd only find yourself here if you need to get your car fixed, settle a commercial listing, or poke around for some good eats.
It took us a while to get settled in, and I love how everything is so old-school. The decor, the ambiance, and even the music! It felt like those cha chaan teng that are stuck in between times from the 90s to 2000s, with the familiar Jay Chou music blaring. The lively crowd consists mostly of older Chinese families, totally different from the likes of quiet cafes filled with camera snaps.
We got a side together with the classic wanton mee. Though it's on the more costly side, it really sets such a benchmark that it made the har chong gai feel like nothing. The char siew is perfect, with a great mix of the crispy charred part and the fatty meat.
The noodles are not too chewy, and they go really well with the char siew. The portion is decent as well, but you'll definitely find yourself craving for more, so I suggest upsizing. The side dishes are quite meh, with the main dish taking the spotlight.
We left the place satisfied. Lai Fa Ba really meant much more to us after; not just being an auspicious name. Lai Fa Ba definitely left a lasting impression, reinforcing its reputation as a makan spot worth visiting.