These ban mian stalls are top-notch
Ban Mian is inarguably one of Singapore’s most famous local delicacies. Yet, in my lifetime I have eaten one too many average bowls of ban mian that feature machine-made noodles floating in a light, lacklustre broth with a few pieces of pork and an overcooked egg.
Today, we hope to bring you some of the best ban mian Singapore has to offer. These hawkers serve up bowls of ban mian with springy noodles, soaked in a pork broth that will definitely pack a punch.
1. Madam Leong Ban Mian
A gem in the heartlands, Madam Leong Ban Mian is started by a single mother, Vivian Leong, who started this business in hopes of supporting her teenage daughter. As hearty and humble as their backstory, Madam Leong Ban Mian serves a comforting bowl of Hakka-style ban mian that’s well suited for the rainy days.
A popular favourite would be their Dry Chilli Ban Mian ($4.50/$5.50), where noodles are tossed in a typical sweet-savoury brown sauce, and topped with braised mushrooms as well as minced pork.
Check out our full review of Madam Leong Ban Mian!
Address: 31 Holland Close, #01-241, Singapore 270031
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 8pm, Sat 10am to 8pm
2. Boon’s Noodles
At Boon’s Noodles, not only are the noodles fresh and made by hand every morning, all components of the dish are similarly made from scratch, such as their freshly fried ikan billis and house-made chilli sauce. Their Mee Hoon Kueh (Soup) ($3.50) comes in a fragrant, light brown broth with a generous serving of pork that’s marinated in sesame oil, as well as a half-boiled egg, sayur manis, and braised mushrooms.
Check out our full review of Boon’s Noodles!
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-86, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 3pm
3. Qiu Rong Ban Mian
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Qiu Rong Ban Mian is my go-to favourite on a rainy day. Though one of the more underrated stalls, Qiu Rong Ban Mian is a hot favourite amongst Easties, especially students from Victoria Junior College. Previously located at the basement of Roxy Square, the stall has since moved to compete with the culinary giants at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
The stalls’ Ban Mian ($3) boasts a rich, umami pork broth served over springy, handmade noodles that are cooked al dente. Topped with a molten egg and a generous serving of minced pork, this piping hot bowl of goodness will surely make you feel right at home.
Address: 51 Old Airport Road, #01-30, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 11:30pm
Tel: 9739 8618
4. Top 1 Home Made Noodles
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Top 1 Home Made Noodles serves both soup and dry ban mian, but they are better known for the latter. Order their Dry Ban Mian with Chilli ($4) for a bowl of chewy house-made noodles tossed in a mix of thick dark soy sauce and feisty chilli sauce. This is coupled with a mixture of minced meat and pork balls. If you love chilli, their house-made chilli sauce is known to kick things up a notch.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-44, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Thur-Tue 10:30am to 8:30pm
5. L32 Geylang Hand Made Noodles
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L32 Geylang Hand Made Noodles serves hand-pulled egg noodles drenched in a flavorful, well-balanced pork broth that’s perfumed with a sweet ikan bilis taste. The noodles are not too thick and maintain a chewy texture, while the soup has been painstakingly boiled for 10 hours. Unlike other ban mian stalls, this hawker has a pretty impressive range of toppings including clams. Go for their traditional bowl of Pork Ban Mian ($4.30), or spruce it up with some seafood by ordering their Prawn Ban Mian Soup ($5) for a bit of that sweet crustacean broth.
Address: 558 Geylang Road, Lorong 32, Singapore 389509
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 9770 2829
6. Yue Lai Xiang Delights
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Now here’s an #instaworthy ban mian for the ‘gram. Yue Lai Xiang Delights boasts colourful Ban Mian ($4 for original, $5 for flavoured noodles) that comes in beautiful pink, blue, orange and green hues. Before hating on the unorthodox choice of colours, these noodles are actually handmade with natural ingredients such as beetroot, blue pea, pumpkin, and spinach, giving the noodles an intriguing taste and colour.
Served in a robust pork bone broth made without MSG, as well as an addictive chilli sauce made from scratch, this springy bowl of ban mian is both healthy and fun. If you prefer a more exquisite broth, opt for the Premium Bowl ($7/$8), which gets you fresh prawns and clams thrown into the mix.
Address: 160 Sin Ming Drive, #01-20, Singapore 575722
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 7:30am to 5:30pm
Tel: 9017 8778
7. Bossi Ban Mian
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Nestled in the bustling, quaint estate of Serangoon Gardens, Bossi Ban Mian may be a dish often overlooked in Serangoon Gardens Hawker Centre. This Ban Mian ($4) comes in both soup and dry versions, and is uniquely served with a smattering of chye poh, which adds a different dimension of flavour to the noodles.
Pair this dish with their spicy green chilli sauce, which adds a zesty undertone to the noodles. Expect a slightly sweeter, lighter tasting soup for this dish, where a spoonful of preserved mustard vegetables is added to give the broth a unique taste.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, 01-18, Serangoon Gardens Hawker Centre, Singapore 555945
Opening hours: Thur-Mon 9am to 9pm, Tues 9am to 3pm
Tel: 9145 7435
8. 憶玲手工面 Handmade Noodles @ Serangoon North
憶玲手工面 Handmade Noodles @ Serangoon North has been a long time favourite to those living in Serangoon North – a formidable counterpart to the more well known Bossi Ban Mian.
This hidden gem boasts a plate of delicious Dry Ban Mian ($3.50) tossed in an addictive black sauce and served with a generous portion of crispy ikan bilis. Though not served with a huge portion of minced meat, this bowl usually comes with two crispy fried wontons. Drizzle the noodles with the small slice of lime given, for a zesty and refreshing kick.
Address: 151A Serangoon North Avenue 2, Singapore 550151
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 7pm
9. China Whampoa Homemade Noodles
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China Whampoa Homemade Noodles is famous for their signature Dry Home-Made Noodles with Prawns ($4/$5). This stall serves denser noodles, which gives a nice QQ bite. Expect al dente noodles dressed in a generous serving of feisty chilli and a thick caramel-like black sauce when you order their dry noodles.
What makes this bowl stand out is the owner’s bold use of wolfberry leaves, which gives the ban mian a slightly bitter undertone. The accompanying soup holds a much lighter and sweet flavour, but complements the hearty noodles well.
Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-24, Singapore 320091
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7am to 2pm
Tel: 9625 6692
10. Seletar Sheng Mian Mee Hoon Kway
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Seletar Sheng Mian Mee Hoon Kway serves hand-pulled Mee Hoon Kueh ($3.50/$4/$5) in a rich, robust and porky broth that has a hint sweetness from ikan bilis and prawns. The dough is made from scratch, and is pulled and thrown directly into the boiling soup, giving the noodles a nice chewy texture.
Instead of the usual cai xin vegetable, this stall uses baby spinach for their vegetables, which is a nice and refreshing take to the dish. Do remember to add an extra 50 cents for more of their freshly fried ikan bilis to get that extra kick in your soup.
Address: 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310210
Opening hours: Fri-Tue 6am to 2:30pm
Head to these ban mian hawkers
Ban mian never fails to satisfy, with its chewy noodles and tantalising broth. If ban mian is not your thing, you may check out our list of la mian stalls instead!