Where to go for la mian
Ban mian lovers might disagree, but la mian is the best noodles of all time. Unfortunately, not many hawker stalls and restaurants can – pun intended – pull this noodle dish off. Most times, the hand-stretched noodles tend to be too gummy for my liking. If you’re on a quest to find the best la mian, I recommend you start off by visiting these 10 stalls!
1. Supreme Ramen Xiao Long Bao
Manning the stall at Supreme Ramen Xiao Long Bao is a friendly husband-and-wife duo. The husband was previously a cook at Crystal Jade, so you can rest assured the dishes they serve are of restaurant standard. When you’re here, order a basket of their Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($4.50 for six pieces) to go along with their Pork Dumpling Noodles Dry ($4). The noodles are all hand-pulled at the stall, and boast a soft, chewy texture.
Address: Blk 46 Holland Drive, #01-359, Singapore 270046
Opening hours: Daily 8:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9798 2211
2. Mister Wu
Mister Wu gives an interesting twist to the simple la mian. Their noodles all come topped with premium ingredients, from Hiroshima oysters to Hokkaido wagyu. If you love your food redolent with spice, order the XOXO Jumbo Scallops La Mian ($18++) featuring a fragrant and spicy XO sauce. The moreish dish has a rich umami flavour that’s backed up by spicy nuances.
Address: 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row, #01-44/45, China Square Central, Singapore 048660
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6781 3833
Muslim friends can have their fix of la mian too, at halal-certified beef la mian restaurant Nuodle. Originating from Lanzhou, China, the restaurant specialises in three noodle dishes: Signature Beef La Mian ($8.80), Seafood La Mian ($8.80), and Cool Mixed La Mian ($9.90). We recommend ordering their signature, as the beef slices are laced with fatty bits that melt in your mouth. The noodles deserve a mention too, as they are both springy and soft at the same time.
Address: 10 Eunos Road 8, #01-136, SingPost Centre, Singapore 408600
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6747 1588
4. Shi Xiang Ge
Another hawker stall that’s opened by an ex-Crystal Jade chef is Shi Xiang Ge. The owner-chef boasts over 28 years of noodle-making experience working in various noodle houses and hotels. Great on a rainy day is their Beef La Mian ($5) that features a heady broth made from beef bones. Ma la lovers can look forward to a numb tingling sensation when they eat the Hot & Spicy Intestine Shaved Noodle ($5).
Address: Block 514 Bishan Street 13, Level 2, Bishan Bus Interchange, Singapore 570514
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 11am to 9pm
Tel: 9151 3586
5. Master Wang
A unique dish to order at Master Wang is this “Rainbow La Mian” ($13.80++). While it’s called a rainbow, the noodles only feature three colours. The green is made from juicing spinach, yellow from pumpkins, and orange from carrots. A viscous sauce with two mini abalones is also served on the side for you to pour onto the noodles.
Address: 930 Yishun Avenue 2, #B1-51, Northpoint Shopping Centre, Singapore 769098
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6753 6978
6. Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian
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Jin De Lai Zhong Hua La Mian is most frequented by CBD workers looking for a hearty lunch. Promising to warm you up is their You Po Che Mian. Priced affordably at $5.80++, the hand-stretched noodles are topped with dried chilli powder, bell peppers, and mashed garlic. Boiled oil is then added in to complete the dish. Definitely a bowl of spicy, umami goodness right there.
Address: 56 Boat Quay, Singapore 049845
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6536 8283
7. Noodle Man
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Tucked away in a Chinatown shophouse is Noodle Man – or Lan Zhou La Mian to their Chinese patrons. The quaint restaurant draws local la mian lovers and tourists alike, all thanks to the friendly owner who can be seen elegantly pulling and twirling the noodles at the open-kitchen counter. Highly recommended are their Minced Pork with Bean Sauce Noodles ($6.80+) and Dumpling Noodles ($6.80++).
Address: 19 Smith Street, Singapore 058933
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6327 1286
8. Jing Hua Restaurant
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Jing Hua Restaurant has been serving up XLBs, pan-fried dumplings and la mian since 1989. In fact, they claim to be Singapore’s OG dumpling house! Expect to wait when you come during peak hours, as the Chinese restaurant is rather well-known. What makes their la mian special is that the noodles are a tad thicker than normal and more bouncy. A must-get is their signature Zha Jiang Noodle ($6.80++), which comes with soya bean sauce, minced pork, and veggies.
Address: 21 Neil Road, Singapore 088814
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Tel: 6221 3060
9. Shanghai Renjia
If noodles are more important to you than liao (ingredients), Check out Shanghai Renjia for al dente noodles that have a firm bite. Their Pork Chop Noodles ($6) feature shallot-infused oil and braised meat gravy that carries a scrumptious nuttiness. The flavours were an intense combination of sweet and savoury, and was extremely appetising. The only downfall is that the braised meat was slightly tough.
Address: 151 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5, #01-3046, Singapore 560151
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 3pm, 6.30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6368 6927
10. Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao
When people hear about Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao, they only think of their juicy pork soup dumplings. But in actual fact, their la mian is just as commendable. For a hearty meal that won’t disappoint, order their La Mian with Black Bean Sauce ($3.50). Commonly known as zha jiang mian, the QQ noodles here are complemented by crunchy shredded cucumber and black goopy sauce with bits of minced meat.
Address: 335 Smith Street, #02-135, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, Singapore 089152
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11:30am to 9pm
Tel: 9743 5287
We love la mian!
Originating from China, la mian is one of the more popular noodle dishes in Singapore. Disagree with our list? Share with us your favourite la mian place in Singapore!