Dry beef noodles for rainy days
Being Teochew and a lover of soups, I grew up eating soup beef noodles. On the other hand, my boyfriend always ordered the dry beef noodles, which he claims is the best way to enjoy beef noodles. I was initially skeptical, but after trying the starchy Hainanese version, I understood what he meant. Since my first taste of dry beef noodles, I rarely went back to the soupy, Teochew verison. Here are 10 dry beef noodles stalls for all you beef noodles lover!
1. Hong Kee Beef Noodles
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Awarded Michelin’s Bib Gourmand for two years running, Hong Kee Beef Noodles has a long history of satisfying tummies with their Dry Beef Noodles ($5/$6). The noodles are gently laced with a gooey, dark gravy and paired with crunchy bean sprouts, which lend a contrasting texture to the al dente noodles. Melting in my mouth like butter were the tender beef slices. Don’t be deceived by the broth that looks thinner than the rest on the list – it still packed tons of flavour and was a delight to lap up!
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-42, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11am to 7:30pm , Sat–Sun 9am to 2:30pm
2. Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles
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Plastered with awards and newspaper clippings, Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles isn’t difficult to spot. Each bowl of their Dry Sliced Beef Noodles ($4) comes with springy rice noodles and a generous amount of pinkish beef slices. It is topped off with thick, savoury gravy, and a pinch of ground peanuts for added crunch. The star of the show is their house-made chilli sauce. Remember to add a squeeze of lime juice and their piquant chilli to uplift the robust flavour of this dish!
Address: 505 Beach Road, #01-89, Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
3. Toa Payoh Hwa Heng Beef Noodles
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The constant long queues at Toa Payoh Hwa Heng Beef Noodles always turned me off. Thankfully, my boyfriend decided to be nice and braved the queue for me to try their Dry Mixed Beef Noodles ($4). Packed with four beef balls, slices of tender beef, tripe, and brisket, this bowl of mee that’s drenched in dark brown sauce has since been my weakness. The noodles absorbed the essence of the beef gravy, and was a joy to slurp up.
Address: 29 Bendemeer Road, #01-01, Bendemeer Food Centre, Singapore 330029
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 10am to 2:30pm
4. Zheng Yi Hainanese Beef Noodles
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Don’t let the unappetising appearance of Zheng Yi Hainanese Beef Noodles’ Dry Hainanese Beef Noodles (from $6) stop you from trying this flavour bomb. As you dig in to the thick, almost opaque sauce, you will discover a massive amount of beef and noodles hidden beneath. Giving depth to the moreish bowl of noodles were the topping off fried shallots, ground peanuts and cilantro.
Address: 47 Tai Thong Crescent, Kin Seng Coffeeshop, Singapore 347867
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 6pm
5. Hong Heng Beef Noodles And Laksa
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A quick walk from Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Hong Heng Beef Noodles And Laksa is probably one of the lesser known stalls on this list. From $4.50, you get to enjoy a hearty bowl of Dry Beef Noodles which comes with a handful of beef slices, all coated in a delicious sauce that’s thick and gooey. What sets this stall apart from its competitors is their Mixed Beef Laksa ($5.50/$6/$7).
Address: 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, #01-16, Kebun Baru Market & Food Centre, Singapore 568226
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 7:30am to 3:30pm
6. Blanco Beef Noodles
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Blanco Beef Noodles commands a crowd thanks to their hand-made beef balls, melt-in-your-mouth tendon, and house-made chilli sauce. Their Dry Mix Beef Noodle ($5) is topped with a dark, viscous sauce, preserved salted vegetable, ground peanuts, and lime. The different textures add a new dimension to the simple dish, while the varying flavours complement each other well. Indulge in their Soup Mix Beef Noodle ($5) to enjoy their flavourful broth that’s made from scratch daily and left to simmer for at least eight hours.
Address: 520 North Bridge Road, #01-01, Wisma Alsagoff, Singapore 188742
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 10:30pm
7. Original Orchard Emerald Beef Noodles
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I was #shook to see that Original Orchard Emerald Beef Noodles serves their beef raw upon request. This to me screams quality, and I will definitely pay the $6 for their Dry/Soup Beef Noodles Half Set. Their tantalising dark beefy sauce, tender beef and silky smooth noodles capture the hearts of foodies and keeps the crowd coming.
Address: Blk 46 Holland Drive, #01-359, HL43 Food House, Singapore 270046
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am to 8pm
8. China Square
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Walk pass China Square, and you will be greeted with a robust aroma wafting through the air. Treat yourself to a bowl of their appetite whetting Dry Beef Noodles ($4). The beef slices were soft to bite into, and paired well with the silky noodles. What really blew me away was the slightly herbal gravy, which was punchy, flavourful, and lingered on my taste buds.
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-45, Alexandra Village Food Centre, Singapore 150120
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 10:30am to 8pm
9. Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles
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Since I live around the area, Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles is my go-to spot whenever I’m craving beef noodles. They do both their Dry Hainan Beef Noodles ($4/$5) drenched in a rich dark gravy and Soup Hainan Beef Noodles ($4/$5) extremely well. This is all thanks to their succulent beef, QQ beef balls that are firm to bite, and slippery smooth noodles.
Address: 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, #01-06, Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre, Singapore 310022
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 7pm
10. Cheng Kee Beef Kway Teow
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Cheng Kee Beef Kway Teow allows you to customise your own comforting bowl of beef noodles – from the type of noodles to selecting the parts of beef. Their house-made cincalok cuts through the rich flavour of the gravy, while their chilli adds tanginess to the umami dish. I’d highly recommend their Mixed Beef Meat Bee Hoon Dry ($4/$5), with its silky smooth noodles that captures the essences of the strong beefy gravy
Address: 203 Hougang Street 21, Wong Poh Kopitiam, Singapore 530203
Opening hours: Sat-Thur 9:30am to 5pm
Beef Noodles #FTW
While there may be different takes on beef noodles, my favourite has got to be Hainanese dry beef noodles. The sticky, gooey, dark brown sauce had my heart the second I tasted it. Don’t waste more time on bad beef noodles. Head down to one of these stalls to get your bowl of satisfaction!