Lau Mian at Holland Drive Food Centre has XO sauce noodles
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If you have visited Holland Drive Food Centre in the last month or so, you might have spotted a new entrant to the lineup of stalls there. Next to Ru Ji Kitchen, which we featured in our bak chor mee showdown, is Lau Mian, whose signage is dominated by a single illustration of the one item they sell: 捞面 (lāo miàn).
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The illustration, if not the name, tells you what Lau Mian offers on the menu—捞面 (lāo miàn), which translates to tossed noodles. There are only two items on the menu, with the only difference being the ingredients that come with the same base of XO sauce dry-tossed noodles.
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What makes the noodle offering at Lau Mian stand out is their house-made XO sauce, chock full of dried scallops and shrimp. A generous sauceplate-full is added to a combination of oyster sauce and shallot oil, then thoroughly tossed with la mian. Specially sourced from a supplier, these noodles have been praised for their springy, QQ finish.
If you should require more spice, there’s also a fiery, house-made fresh red chilli paste that you can add on to your bowl.
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Option one on the menu: XO Lau Mian (Dry) with Braised Pork & Egg ($5.50) pairs the noods with sous vide, Taiwanese-style braised pork shoulder, as well as half an Ajitama egg.
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Alternatively, there’s XO Lau Mian (Dry) with Seafood ($6.50), which swaps out the pork and egg for a smattering of mussels, clams and small scallops.
Dine in at the hawker centre, and you’ll be served a side of homey carrot and radish soup to go along with your order of noodles!
If you’re still unconvinced to give Lau Mian a shot, the stall is a one-man operation headed by an ex-fine dining chef who, according to this 8days.sg article, has already cut his teeth at several now-defunct restaurants—and he’s only 35. The menu is slated to expand down the line, so keep your eyes on the stall!
While you’re in the Holland area, check out the new One Holland Village mall, AKA Singapore’s first pet-friendly mall! Otherwise, there’s also the Holland Village Food Centre, which underwent a refurbishment last year too.
Address: 44 Holland Drive, #02-30, Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, Singapore 270044
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am to 2pm
Lau Mian is not a halal-certified eatery
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