Top 5 Best Ban Mian In Singapore
Who needs rigatoni or tortellini, when you can have our own local version of handmade noodles? Why load your body with salty MSG-laden instant noodles, when you can slurp up a hearty bowl of soup made from fresh ingredients? When you think about local comfort noodle soup, handmade noodles or Ban Mian wins hands down.
The popular noodle dish in Malaysia and Singapore, has everything you need to make you want to slurp it up. More so, it reminds us of simple homecooking: freshly made noodles drenched in warm broth with a heap of salty-crispy anchovy piled on top. Drop a runny egg and a smattering of greens, and most Singaporeans are good to go- an irresistible healthy warm bowl of goodness.
Ban Mian, traditionally known as Mian Fen Guo (wheat snack) or Ban Mee, is an economical dish that has sprouted all over local kopitiams and hawker stalls. You can find Ban Mian in a different assortment of shapes and sizes incorporating a range of dough making methods, in particular those from the Hakka (Ke Jia) and Hokkien (Fu Jian) dialects. Traditionally, Ban Mian is made Hakka style by slicing the noodle from a wooden block (Ban Mian), hence the name. On the other hand, the Hokkien would roll the dough into a flat piece then hand-tear into bite-size pieces.
Today, Ban Mian stalls offer a range of options differing in texture and density. Hand pick the noodle of choice be it thick and flat ban mian, squarish mee hoon kuay, ramen-like you mian or silky-smooth mee sua. Add to the “oomph” by having it with drydark sauce or pile on the slightly sweet and tart chilli and you’ve got yourself a winner.
Ke Kou Mian
Ke Kou Mian’s Mee Hoon Kuay is a must-try and a popular favourite with supper “kakis”. The soup base is amazing with the right richness and the mee hoon kuay has the right texture, chewy and fluffy at the same time.
Uncle KKM: Block 163, Gangsa Road, Singapore 670163 | Opening Hours: 02:00 – 12:00 (Closes on Wed)
Green View 翠苑
For those of you who want to try something different, Green View has Dry Mee Hoon Kuay that is mixed with fragrant dark sauce and generous servings of minced meat and vegetables. They also have prawn toppings if you’re not a meat lover. At $4.50 per bowl, this delicious mee hoon kuey is skilfully made: small, handpulled, soft yet with a good bite!
Green View 翠苑 : Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #04-95B/96, Singapore |Tel: 67342312 | Opening Hours: 10:00am to 8.00pm (Closed on Thurs)
TOP 1 Home Made Noodles
For lack of a better word, the noodles here are TOPS. The stall boasts a wide variety of choice: seafood soup, tom yum soup, big prawn and sliced fish combinations. To TOP it all off, the dry mee hoon kuay version with its signature dark sauce, is raised a few notches by TOP 1’s sizzling hot chilli sauce. Damn Delicious.
Top 1 Home Made Noodle: Beauty World Food Centre, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Level 4, #04-44, Singapore 588177 | Tel: +65 84488450 | Website
Face Ban Mian 非板面
Face Ban Mian offers a very decent bowl of handmade noodles that will satisfy your noodle fix. The meat is well marinated and the broth is hot and flavourful.
Face Ban Mian 非版面: Block 132, Foodclique, Jurong East Street 13, Singapore 600132
Ban Mian 福州版面 @ J99 Kopitiam
Nestled in Toa Payoh, this ban mian stall is small but thriving with customers seeking simply a good bowl of noodle soup. Very generous with their portions of ingredients, the broth is tasty and noodles well made.
Ban Mian 福州版面 @ J99 Coffeeshop : J99 kopitiam, Block 186, Toa Payoh Central, Singapore 310186