Make a beeline for these lor mee stalls
Lor mee rarely gets mentioned when introducing must-try Singapore dishes. However, it has been gaining some love recently and seems to be a perennial favourite for many. It is lauded for the depth of flavour in the thick gravy as well as its large variety of toppings. Furthermore, many shops are only opened in the morning, with queues that form before the shutters are even open. Jump on to the lor mee-lovin’ bandwagon and visit these 10 lor mee stalls now!
1. Jue Dai Lor Mee
Jue Dai Lor Mee is located at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre in Hougang. At only $2.80, their Yam Roll Lor Mee is one of the cheapest in Singapore. The yam roll is crispy and aromatic, adding a nice, crunchy texture to the otherwise gelatinous spoonful of noodles and sauce. They also offer a Cod Fish Lor Mee for $4; an interesting version to try when you’re feeling richer.
Address: 51 Hougang Avenue 9, #01-13, Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, Singapore 530917
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9:45pm
2. Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee
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If you’re in the CBD, you can get your lor mee fix at Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee. For $4, you get a bowl of yellow noodles with bee hoon that’s smothered in thick, almost opaque gravy. The gravy has smooth strands of egg stirred in, and gives contrast to the dark colour of the gravy. The consistency is less starchy, allowing you to inhale the noodles easily in one swift slurp.
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-79/80, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8:30am to 4pm
Tel: 6291 1439
3. Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee
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Many lor mee fans dubbed Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee as their number one go-to stall. Even Steven Lim from Buzzfeed was introduced to this decadent bowl during his trip to Singapore. Prices here start from $4, but the $5 bowl gives you more bang for the buck. It comes with a generous heap of shredded fish meat, which brings back memories of my domestic helper lovingly deboning fish for me the same way when I was a kid.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road #01-116, Singapore 390000
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 6am to 1:45pm
Tel: 9382 2238
4. Chia Bee Lor Mee
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If you ever need to get your lor mee fix in the wee hours of the night or unearthly morning hours, Chia Bee Lor Mee opens from 11pm until 10am the next morning. At $4, you are served an overflowing bowl boasting big pieces of tender fish that’s fried to crisp perfection. Its location makes it a great choice for party animals seeking an indulgent supper that is friendly on the wallet. Elevate the flavour of the lor mee and ask for more chilli and minced garlic.
Address: 10 North Bridge Road, Stall 4, Singapore 190010
Opening hours: Daily 11pm to 10am
Tel: 8366 4679
5. Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee
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Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee legit serves a special bowl of lor mee. Aside from the usual ingredients of fish cake and more, every bowl of their lor mee also comes with a side of deep-fried shredded yam bits for you to pour over. The yam bits add a much-needed crunch and scrumptious fragrance to the starchy goodness. With prices starting from $3, this is definitely one lor mee I would travel all the way to Toa Payoh for.
Address: Blk 93 Toa Payoh Lorong 4, #01-49, Palm Springs Hawker Centre, Singapore 310093
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 4pm
6. Feng Zhen Lor Mee
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There are four kinds of lor mee offered at Feng Zhen Lor Mee: Traditional ($3/$3.50), Egg Beancurd ($3/$3.50), Fish Jiao ($3/$3.50), and Fish ($4/$5). Each bowl comes with heaps of toppings that covers the noodles from plain sight. It is the oddly-shaped fried meatballs that really won me over. They are slightly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Their moreish gravy also has a full-bodied flavour that keeps me coming back for more.
Address: 787B Choa Chu Kang Drive, #01-241, Singapore 682787
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6:30am to 2pm
7. Soon Lee Lor Mee
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Soon Lee Lor Mee has been serving a hearty bowl of lor mee ($3) since the 1970s. And with the opening of the Downtown Line, long-time customers of the hawker stall have been able to get access to the stall with a short three-minutes walk from Mattar station. It is a bowl of sweet, sour, savoury and spicy flavours. The best thing about this stall is that they are open until dinner time, unlike most lor mee stalls that only open in the morning, catering to those looking to satiate their lor mee craving after work.
Address: 79 Circuit Road, #01-07, Singapore 370079
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12pm to 9pm
Tel: 9298 0115
8. 178 Lor Mee
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178 Lor Mee at Tiong Bahru Market is a popular choice amongst lor mee lovers. The gravy here is flavourful despite looking lighter than their counterparts. Piling on a dollop of minced garlic and chilli adds further depth to the dish as well. As the portions are considerably smaller, I suggest ordering the $4 bowl. It comes with three deep-fried shark nuggets that are plump and addictive.
Address: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-23, Tiong Bahru Market, Singapore 168898
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7am to 8pm
9. Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee
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Lor mee lovers will be familiar with the one from Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee. It comes with braised duck meat instead of the usual pork belly or shredded fish, and ngor hiang that has a more cake-like than minced-meat consistency. At only $3 for a bowl, you can see why the stall has one of the longest queues at Hainanese Village Centre in Hougang.
Address: 105 Hougang Avenue 1, #02-51, Hainanese Village Centre, Singapore 530105
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 3:30pm
10. Ah Ma Lor Mee
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Ah Ma Lor Mee has been serving its famous green bowl of lor mee for close to 30 years in the West. Their meaty broth comes in a shade of dark red instead of the usual brown hue. Get their regular bowl at $3, which comes teeming with meatballs, pork belly, and egg; the $3.50 comes with fish slices as well. They also offer more than one kind of chilli to add an extra kick to your tantalising bowl of lor mee.
Address: 328 Clementi Avenue 2, Singapore 120328
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 7am to 2pm
Tel: 8288 0810
Mad about lor mee
When asked to introduce what’s good to eat here in Singapore, lor mee is rarely brought up in the list of must-try hawker food. However, this starchy, heavy, and hearty bowl of noodles and braised meat sauce topped with fried delights seems to be a less-mentioned favourite of many Singaporeans. Stalls that serve a good bowl of lor mee always seem to sport a perpetual queue and close within mere hours of opening.