Ban mian in Singapore
Ban mian is arguably a comfort food that many a Singaporean enjoys, in spite of the hot weather. The best ban mian is handmade, served with a rich, pork-based broth, scraggy meatballs, and a runny egg, topped with fried ikan bilis. Here are 15 ban mian in Singapore that you should try, including one that’s made by an ex-Masterchef finalist!
1. Madam Leong Ban Mian
A gem in the CBD, Madam Leong Ban Mian is run by a single mother, Vivian Leong, who started the business in hopes of supporting her teenaged daughter. As hearty and humble as their backstory, Madam Leong Ban Mian serves comforting bowls of Hakka-style ban mian that’s made with no MSG.
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: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-109, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 2pm
2. Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kueh
Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway recently opened their second branch in Bedok, bringing their Masterchef-level mee hoon kway to the East. Queues for this bowl of noodles are pretty long, so go straight for the Signature All-In Combo Soup Mee Hoon Kway. Priced at $5, this comes with a rich, ultra flavourful broth, a meatball, shrimp ball, and pork slices. We particularly liked the chilli dip on the side. Otherwise, the Signature Dry Mee Hoon Kway ($3.50) is a dry-tossed option too.
Check out our full review of Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway!
Address: 11 Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-108, Singapore 090011
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 1pm (or sold out)
Address: Block 18, Bedok South Road, #01-45, Singapore 460018
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9pm (or sold out)
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 stall’s Ban Mian ($4.50) 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, #01-64, 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 punchy, house-made chilli. You can pick from a multitude of ingredients to go with your ban mian, including fish maw, pork balls, fish slices, and more.
Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-44, Beauty World Food Centre, Singapore 588177
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 10:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 8338 4483
5. L32 Geylang Hand Made Noodles
L32 Geylang Hand Made Noodles, widely touted as one of the best ban mian in Singapore, serves hand-pulled noodles that are made to order. The soup here is made with a base of ikan bilis and vegetable stems, boiled for more than 10 hours. Apart from the usual toppings, you can get Clam Mee Hoon Kueh Soup ($5.80) or Prawn and Sliced Fish Ban Mian Soup ($7.30) here!
Read our review of L32 Geylang Hand Made Noodles!
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
Now here’s an Insta-worthy 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, the Standard bowl is priced at $4.80, or $5.80 if you prefer dry-tossed noodles. If you want a zhnged-up version, opt for the Deluxe ($6.30/$7.30) that comes with big prawns, or Premium ($8.30/$9.30), which has assorted seafood.
Read our review of Yue Lai Xiang Delights!
Address: 22 Sin Ming Road, #01-224, Wan Hao Kopitiam, Singapore 570022
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 6:30pm, Sun 11am to 2pm
Tel: 9653 3441
7. Bossi Ban Mian
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Nestled in the bustling, quaint estate of Serangoon Gardens, Bossi Ban Mian may be a stall often overlooked in Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre. This Hakka-style ban mian comes in both soup ($4) and dry ($5) versions, and is served with a 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 Garden Market & Food Centre, Singapore 555945
Opening hours: Thurs-Tue 9am to 4pm
Tel: 8833 8118
8. Mian Zhuang
A young husband-and-wife team keep their family’s ban mian recipe alive at Mian Zhuang in Hong Lim Food Centre. If you’re feeling atas, go for Abalone Hand Made Noodle Soup ($13), a bowl that comes with house-made meatballs and canned baby abalone. The Hand Made Ban Mian (Dry) with Prawns ($5) is a tasty, more affordable option, with fresh prawns. Don’t miss their spicy, house-made chilli dip!
Read our Mian Zhuang review here!
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, #01-51, Hong Lim Food Centre, Singapore 051531
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 3pm
Tel: 8488 7898
9. China Whampoa Homemade Noodles
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China Whampoa Homemade Noodles is famous for their signature Dry Home Made Noodles with Prawns ($5.50), though they have also luxed up their offerings with Abalone Mee Hoon Kway ($13.80), or a similarly priced crayfish option. What makes this bowl stand out is the owner’s bold use of wolfberry leaves, which gives the noodles a slightly bitter undertone. The accompanying soup holds a much lighter and sweet flavour, but complements the hearty noodles well.
10. KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee
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Get a taste of Malaysian-style chilli ban mee right here in Singapore at KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee at MacPherson Road. Their Signature Chilli Ban Mee ($5) comes with a heap of their fiery chilli, said to be extra, extra spicy. Mix it all in with the noodles, and the soft-boiled egg, which ties it all together with its creamy yolk. There’s also a Scallop ($8) version, or Signature Handmade Fishball Noodle ($5) for something more typical.
Address: 476 MacPherson Road, Singapore 368191
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 8pm
11. Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh
The offerings at Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh are comparatively cheaper than most of the other spots on this list, and you need look no further than their Seafood Abalone Noodles, where $6.80 gets you a huge bowl of noodles with a generous serve of razor clams, fresh prawns, and baby abalone. For something even more wallet-friendly, the Dry You Mian rings in the till at only $3, which we recommend getting with chilli.
Read our Marsiling Handmade Mee Hoon Kueh review!
Address: Block 20 Marsiling Lane, #01-15, Marsiling Lane Food Centre, Singapore 730020
Opening hours: Daily 2.30am to 8.30pm
Tel: 9824 3511
12. 133 Mian Fen Guo
133 Mian Fen Guo in Bedok reigns supreme as the cheapest bowl of MHK on this list, with their cheapest option, a bowl of soup noodles, going for just $2. A larger bowl is priced at $3, while the Dry Yu Mian costs $2.50. With such low prices, it’s no wonder that they attract snaking queues, and are often sold out early.
We review 133 Mian Fen Gou here!
Address: 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-68, Singapore 460216
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 5am to 10:30am
13. Mr Mee Hoon Kueh
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New to the handmade noodle scene is Mr Mee Hoon Kueh, which stands out for two things: you can choose to have spinach mee hoon kueh, and their menu sees a number of fusion MHK dishes. If you’re not after anything fancy, a bowl of Mr MHK Original Soup costs a very reasonable $2.80. Otherwise, they’ve also got a Vitamin C Tomato Soup With Pork Slices ($3.80), inspired by HaiDiLao’s famous tomato soup base. The star dish, however, has to be their Braised Pork MHK ($5.80), where dry MHK is served with melt-in-your-mouth lor bak.
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, #01-43, Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, Singapore 555945
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 8pm
14. Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle
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Another hot favourite among fans of handmade noodles, Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle has been around for more than 20 years. Prices start from $4, and you can choose from a variety of toppings including pig kidneys, sliced fish, fish maw, prawns, abalone, and clam. If you’re looking for a dry option, it’s an additional $0.50. Other than choosing the ingredients, you can also select from eight different kinds of noodles!
Address: 810 Geylang Road, #05-02, City Plaza, Singapore 409286
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 7:30pm, Sun 10am to 7pm
15. Face Ban Mian
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First established in 2012 as a single hawker stall, Face Ban Mian now has more than 10 branches to its name. Original Soup ($6.20) is the one to go for, with ban mian that’s said to be silky smooth, and a rich, sweet broth. To level up this broth, go for the Pork Belly Soup ($7.40) option, where the soup is further enriched with the additional fat from slices of pork belly.
Where to eat ban mian in Singapore
Ban mian never fails to satisfy, with its chewy noodles and tantalising broth. If you’ve ever thought of making it at home, check out our attempt at making mee hoon kueh!
This article was originally written on 21 January 2019.