Everybody knows one of the hardest things to do in life is to choose what to eat every single day.
But luckily, just like how T-shirts and jeans will never go wrong, there are some food that can appease the most indecisive appetites as well.
Today we’ll be talking about the widely-loved ban mian and all variations of it.
If you’re looking for good food with a tint of familiarity, then you should read on to find out where are the best places to get your piping hot bowl of comfort food.
1.Grandma Ban Mee
First of all, let me mentally prepare you for a very long queue during lunch time. I mean it’s a give-and-take lah, you want good food? Then get in line!
Okay, let me tell you why this is worth sacrificing the bulk of your lunchtime waiting.
Their noodles are springy, no signs of under or over-cook. Apart from the usual ban mian combo (egg, ikan bilis and minced meat), you can also find shrimps inside.
Talk about value for money!
The light broth is cooked with fresh ingredients like mushrooms, black fungus, ikan bilis and vegetables, which all adds up to that flavourful punch.
You can order dry ban mian as well! Actually, there are a variety of noodles to choose from…you can take your time to choose while queueing, just saying.
Address: Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road #01-07, Singapore 069111
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-2pm
2.Face Ban Mian 非板面
For those who didn’t know, Face Ban Mian is actually a well-known chain! They have several outlets scattered around the island.
Although their serving is not as proportionate to the price you’re paying, I would say it’s worth the money.
The broth, while not as light as it can be, is actually quite addicting. I rarely find myself drinking the soup, but Face certainly does things differently.
One thing I noticed was that they add cabbage instead of the usual leafy vegetables you would find in the other ban mians. That probably added to the sweetness of the broth!
Their noodles are handmade – which means that there’s bound to be a difference in the texture as compared to the precise machine-cut ones.
You would also wanna try out their chilli sauce! It gravitates more towards the sweet side and is also thicker.
Address: Google to find the nearest one
Opening Hours: Varies between outlets
3.L32 Geylang Handmade Noodles
People flock to this stall for their soup, which has been claimed to be the best.
You already know – the queue is gonna be freaking long.
They win in the sincerity factor as well. Other than making their own noodles, they also give more variety of meat.
Anyone would agree that the deciding factor of a good ban mian is the broth.
The broth is cooked with ikan bilis and pork bones for more than 10 hours, which brings flavourful to a whole new level.
If you’re not a big fan of soup, the dry ones might be to your liking. The tangy noodles are coated in a mix of sauces while the inevitable star – the runny egg – is served in a separate bowl of soup.
Just be sure to avoid wearing a white top cos you’ll be slurping down the noodles!
Address: 558 Geylang Road (Lor 32), 389509
Opening hours: 11:30am to 9:30pm (Closed on Mon)
4.TOP 1 Home Made Noodles
This stall is unlike your usual ban mian stalls. You don’t just go “aunty, ban mian, dapao“. Instead, you have to first choose your noodles, then your soup, and then your ingredients.
If you’re one that’s up for a challenge, many rave about their “killer chilli sauce”.
Or if you’re not that much of a thrill-seeker, you can also try their special dark sauce that’s both sweet and savoury.
For all you hipsters that have discovered the wonderful world of mala recently, you can also try out theirs!
Address: Beauty World Centre #04-44, 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588177
Opening Hours: 9am to 8.30pm Daily, Closed on Tuesday & Wednesday
5.He Jia Huan Ban Mian
If you’re all for the “homemade” food, He Jia Huan is the place for you.
The noodle chain boasts about their homemade noodles in which they specialise in.
Just like many other stalls, they also serve their noodles two ways – soup and dry.
Their unique homemade chilli sauce contains dried shrimps and sambal belachan. You can try it by ordering the dry mee hoon kway or ban mian.
They also made sure their broth is one of its kind, by adding sesame oil for fragrance and Chinese wine.
6.Greenview Cafe @ Far East Plaza
Greenview is known for their looks-average-but-taste-like-Michelin Dry Mee Hoon Kueh.
They toss the chewy sliced dough into a bowl of readily-mix sauces and make sure there are no white spots left.
Be ready for the explosion of flavours when you take your first bite – sweet, savoury and spicy.
If you’re looking for a little variation, you can opt for the one that comes with prawns instead of minced meat balls.
Address: 14 Scott’s road Far East Plaza 04-96 Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 8pm Daily, Closed on Monday and Public Holidays
Have you seen colourful noodles before?
Yumen Hut is certainly the first of its kind – they make their own coloured noodles and sell them in their stall.
Other than the usual variations of ban mians, their best-sellers also include the Pasta Sauce Pumpkin Noodles and Laksa Paprika Noodles.
Best of all, it’s halal!
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close, Downtown East, #02-113
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm daily
8.China Whampoa Homemade Noodles
Have anyone tried drinking soya bean soup before?
The common soup bases we see out there are cooked with pork bones. But here, the broth is only cooked with ikan bilis and soya beans. It is then served with mani cai (sweet leaf).
I’m not sure what’s the main reason for doing so, but it certainly brings out the sweetness in the soup!
Egg-enthusiasts may be a little disappointed to hear this, but there are no eggs added to your ban mian.
However, that didn’t seem to deter any returning customers cos their dry noodles are really good.
The sauce is made by mixing their homemade chilli sauce with soy sauce. They also offer two types of chilli – one cooked with pineapple (sweeter), and one savoury.
It might sound weird, but looking at the queue, you should know that its good lah!
Address: Blk #01-24, 91 Whampoa Drive Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 7am to 2pm Daily, Closed on Mondays
9.Seletar Sheng Mian
After talking so much about the different kinds of broths out there, let’s talk about dry ban mian!
Seletar Sheng Mian knows their sauces. The spice from the chilli sauce is just enough to bring out the flavour and not sting your lips (you get what I mean lah).
Fried shallots and ikan bilis are thrown in to elevate the fragrance and add another texture.
I mean, what is ban mian without some crispy ikan bilis ?
It is indeed a perfect alternative for those that have cravings for ban mian but not the heat of it.
Blk 226H Ang Mo Kio Street 22, Kebun Baru Food Centre #01-07, Singapore 568226
Opening Hours: 6am – 2.30pm. Closed on Fridays
Blk 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh
Opening Hours: 6am- 2.30pm. Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
10.Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle
Do not be overwhelmed when I say this – you can choose from eight different kinds of noodles here!
Be it the standard ban mian and you mian, or the less sought-after mee sua and bean flour noodle, you name it, they have it.
Other than choosing your own noodles, you’ll also have a hard time deciding on the other main ingredients.
Ranging from seafood (prawns, fish etc) to less-seen items like kidney, the stall surely brings customisation to a whole new level.
Although not the first one to do this, Poon Nah City also adds wolfberry leaves into their broth, adding another layer of flavour.
Address: #05-02, City Plaza, 810 Geylang Road Singapore 409286
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm Daily, Closed on alternate Saturdays
Bet you didn’t know there would be so many different types of ban mian huh?
If you were to choose a new stall to patron each week, I would have already solved your lunch-troubles for ten weeks!
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